Junglekeepers’ mission is to work in collaboration with local Peruvian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and indigenous communities to employ preventive and sustainable solutions for the long‐term protection of the rainforest ecosystems in which they live.
The organization’s first project will focus on Peru at the headwaters of the Madre de Dios and Las Piedras rivers, inland from the city of Puerto Maldonado.
About the Region
A maze of watersheds beneath the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes, this is one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the Amazon. Until 2009, much of the Las Piedras River was inaccessible. It was a pristine habitat for wildlife and a sanctuary for the isolated indigenous peoples that still inhabit the thick forests.
When an offshoot of the Trans-Amazon highway was cut through 30km of forest leading directly to the Las Piedras River, a growing influx of Andean settlers, gold miners, loggers, and farmers began infiltrating this once pristine landscape, not only threatening the tribes and the wildlife, but also the entire ecosystem.
Junglekeepers’ primary goal is to help conserve the Las Piedras watershed, which is not currently protected, but which lies in the midst of numerous protected areas including the Alto Purus National Park, Bahuaja‐Sonene National Park, Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, as well as Madidi National Park. The Las Piedras watershed is a vital part of the larger ecosystem and it provides an important buffer between the pristine forests and the increasingly invasive human extractive activities.
Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, author, and award‐winning wildlife filmmaker whose work focuses on the western Amazon. Paul has worked on conservation projects in tropical ecosystems all over the world including locations in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Peru. Paul has been featured by numerous conservation news sources for his work in the western Amazon, particularly with anacondas and with indigenous communities. His wildlife film An Unseen World was awarded by the United Nations Forum on Forests in 2013. His book Mother of God (Harper Collins 2014) received praise from Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, and the Wall Street Journal for its clarion call to protect Amazonia. Paul is currently the host of the Discovery Channel show Eaten Alive: In Search of Anacondas, and oversees all of Junglekeepers’ projects in Madre de Dios, Peru.