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Protecting one of the last remaining untouched rainforests on earth
 
 

Forest Ranger Program

 
Rustus Garcia Aguilar

Rustus Garcia Aguilar

 
 

Meet Rustus Garcia Aguilar. Rustus is one of our amazing rangers, along with Ronald Carmelo Choque Chavez and Eudomio Pillco Huararza, that we employ in partnership with ARC Amazon. Corrie Rushford is our ranger coordinator. Past rangers include Ronald Jara, Yoser Jak Cardenas Laurente, Elvis Nix Perdomo Beyuma, and Adam Rodriguez.

 
 
 
 
 

Local Communities

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.

Ronald Carmelo Choque Chavez & Juan Julio Durand

Ronald Carmelo Choque Chavez & Juan Julio Durand

 
 
 
 
Ronald Carmelo Choque Chavez

Ronald Carmelo Choque Chavez

Protecting the land

We operate our Ranger Program in collaboration with ARC Amazon to provide a system of policing and protection of our concessions. Rangers actively monitor our 4,906 acre concession area, as well as another 11,201 acre concession from ARC Amazon. Junglekeepers also seeks to protect and maintain the land of several conservation concession holders who do not have the resources to do so and are experiencing illegal activity such as logging and poaching.

 
 
 
 

SMART Ranger Program

In an effort to equip our rangers with more sophisticated tools, we trains rangers in the SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) ranger system. The product 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.

Eudomio Pillco Huararza

Eudomio Pillco Huararza

 
 
 
 

How to help

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.


Join us as we work to protect additional land.