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It is central to the Junglekeepers ethos to employ and train local and indigenous community members in the active protection of land that is ultimately theirs.

Forest Rangers monitor our concessions, maintain trails and report any illegal activity occurring on the land being monitored. Rangers also track wildlife to contribute to broader scientific datasets in the region.

For local Peruvians, our Ranger Program also offers an employment alternative to protect the land rather than being forced to participate in harmful activity due to economic pressure. Our current and past rangers tell us this work is a great source of pride as it empowers them in the stewardship of their homeland.

SMART Ranger Program

Our rangers are trained in SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool). This tool is an open-source system of best practices including data collection software created by conservation scientists. The SMART system allows for more efficient and timely response to illegal activity, amongst many other benefits including more comprehensive, integrated data on the condition of land and wildlife.

Our Rangers

Bringing the Shipibo-Conibo knowledge to conservation

Adolfo is from the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous community located along the Ucayali river, a major tributary of the Amazon river. Like other indigenous communities in the Amazon, the Shipibo-Conibo people are being threatened by outside influences such as logging, agriculture and mining. 

With the lack of job opportunities in the area and the influence of the external pressures such as the timber trade, Adolfo worked 4 years with a logging company and 1 year in slash and burn agriculture in the Peruvian jungle. When given the opportunity to become a ranger in February 2020 he left the logging world and deforestation to work in protecting the land along the Las Piedra river. Passed on from his culture, Adolfo brings knowledge in the fauna and flora of the jungle including medicinal plants. He hopes to work and share this knowledge of the forest and conservation with his and other communities.

Jungle adventurer devoted to protecting biodiversity

Dash loved the jungle adventure since he was 14. He used to help his dad transport wood and wanted to protect the forest. He studied ecotourism and became interested in protecting the forest and conservation. 

He worked in several lodges in the Puerto Maldonado area until he heard about a ranger opening with Junglekeepers in 2018. He hopes to help establish the Junglekeepers Ranger program in Las Piedras as a known organization which protects an important area of biodiversity in the Amazon that affects all of us.

A guide dreaming of studying the biology of the rainforest

Being the daughter of a logging dad, Eliz always accompanied her dad on work trips during every school vacation. Seeing what her dad went through to make sure that she could continue her studies, Eliz learned the importance of work. More than anything, she learned to value the forest and that’s where her passion for taking care of the jungle was born. When she finished high school, Eliz decided to study as an official tourist guide since she could not study biology, a career not offered in the schools of Puerto Maldonado. She practiced her trade as guide firstly to show the attractions in her region and secondly to teach others that the jungle in the Madre de Dios area is unique. Eliz still has the dream to study biology and learn more about mammals, birds and plants.  Working with jungle keepers she feels that she is contributing a grain of sand for conservation

Reforestation & animals champion

Ignacio was born in Miaria and is part of the Yine indigenous community found in the Amazon. In 2015, Ignacio went with his uncle to Monte Salvado, a Yine community along the Las Piedras river, just down river from the Reserva Territorial Made de Dios. 

While in Monte Salvado, Ignacio worked primarily in Brazil nut harvesting and transporting wood. In 2019 he worked in the control post to protect the area from possible conflict with people living in voluntary isolation. He has several stories to tell! Ignacio, looking for a different opportunity, joined Junglekeepers in December 2020. He brings with him deep knowledge of the jungle we are protecting. He is interested in reforestation, animal research and working with his community.

From working in lodge to protect the rainforest

Manuel graduated from tourism and loves to travel and learn about places in the Peruvian Jungle.  He has worked for several years in lodges to gain knowledge in the tourism filed.  For a long time, Manuel’s family was dedicated to logging and that made him become dedicated to conservation.

Working to protect the Peruvian Amazon

Niery is originally from Lima and moved to Puerto Maldanado when he was three years old. He started working on his grandfather’s Brazil nut concession when he was 8 years old and loved being in the jungle with the wildlife. He chose to study tourism and become guide instead or working with wood. He worked at various lodges where he had opportunities to experience research and became interested in learning more about the biology of the amazon. He was involved with various organizations in both research and working with local communities. He has been working in Las Piedras since 2019 and became a ranger with JK on Feb 2020. He feels best being in the forest and hopes to develop more skills and knowledge about wildlife and conservation.

From Mahogony logging to protecting the forest

Yoni has been a Jungkekeeper ranger since June 2019. His mom's death when he was 15 led him to Mahogony logging as a way to make ends meet for his family. 

As a logger, you are expected to do many jobs and Yoni learned how to identify trees, read the river and know how to live in the jungle. 

That knowledge is now being used for conservation and protecting the forest. His skills and experience in the jungle have been invaluable to the team.

Ranger Program Costs are largely centered around Ranger compensation (salary, food and board). Additional costs for the program include trail maintenance, communication and reporting systems, boat transport, fuel and other minor expenses. The program also requires a one-time expense of a shelter construction and initial trail clearing per concession.

Our focus is to create an uninterrupted, protected conservation area stretching along the Las Piedras River.

This threatened ecosystem is incredibly diverse, pristine, and home to some of the last isolated tribes on earth.