who we are and what we do

Junglekeepers is a not-for profit committed to protecting a vulnerable region of the Madre De Dios rainforest in Peru. Junglekeepers has been working to protect the Las Piedras river from loggers, poachers, miners and oil companies for many years. Our team of staff are uniquely situated in the region and have established a protective conservation concession and work closely to maintain its autonomy and integrity with our local partners.

 

Amazon Facts

  • The lower Las Piedras is the heart of the Madre de Dios, an important part of the upper Amazon Basin. This pristine watershed is being threatened by logging and development. Junglekeepers is committed to protecting this land, a whole river and millions of life forms on it.  As the last generation to have this privilege, our kids will be forever thankful. It’s NOW or NEVER. For all that is green and good in the world, we must do this!

  • The Madre de Dios, Mother of God, is where the Amazon starts, it is the sacred headwaters of the greatest proliferation of life in known reality. So much is created here in terms of life, oxygen, climate, clean water, and rain. Also most of South America is in the rain-shadow of the Amazon, so that means MILLIONS of people depend on it for life.

  • Today the west Amazon is under threat. Mahogany logging, gold mining, large scale beef and soy farming is contributing to massive destruction and extinction due to demands coming from up North – our work is partly realizing that we actually ARE connected to the jungle (and hence need to become its keepers).

  • There are still isolated nomadic tribes living in the jungle. No one knows their beliefs, language, or medicines. Most interactions with the ‘outside world’ have been confrontational. Throughout  the 1500s-1700s, Europeans met Amazonian tribes with hostility seeking valuable rainforest resources. Since then, various industries (rubber, mahogany/lumber, gold, drugs) have pushed the natives further into the forest where they continue to survive today.

  • There are more species of birds in the west Amazon than anywhere else, more butterflies, more amphibians, reptiles, and so many mammals and fish. And WAY more plants than anywhere else (basically nothing else compares).

  • The Amazon produces one fifth of the world’s oxygen and one fifth of the world’s fresh water. It also recycles atmospheric gasses and maintains global climate. The whole river basin biome starts in the west where the Andes meet the Amazon. If we don’t start protecting the river basin at the source, the entire expanse of the Amazon River Basin is as risk. That is why it is so important to protect it.

  • The West Amazon is THE most biodiverse place on earth. There is more life in the Amazon than anywhere else on earth, or in the known universe.

The Board of Directors

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