Since childhood, Ann Castro has been surrounded by parrots, as well as other birds and animals. Both parents being medical doctors – her father a psychiatrist and neurologist, her mother a general practitioner who also bred budgeriars – Ann was introduced to behavioural, as well as medical topics at an early age.
The author has been involved with parrots for many years. She teaches clicker training for bird and gives advice to parrots owners regarding all issues related to their pets. Her area of specialization is the resocialization of birds with behavioral issues. Ann is an advocate of species appropriate keeping.
In 2003, Ann Castro founded a not-for-profit organization, the AdlA Papageienhilfe gGmbH. AdlA stands for „Amigos de las Aves“ which means “friends of the birds”. “Papageienhilfe” is the German word for parrot aid. The aim of the AdlA Papageienhilfe is to improve the relationships and understanding between birds and owners and thus minimizing the number of birds losing their homes. Ann Castro’s advice is sought by pet owners, veterinaries and pet shops alike. She has also appeared in various TV shows as a parrot expert.
Ann Castro, a born Canadian who currently lives in Germany, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Business Administration from York University, Canada. Ann currently works an equities brokers for German stocks to institutional clients in England.