Our fast growing team of scientists, veterinarians, filmmakers and dedicated individuals are passionate about wildlife conservation and are working tirelessly to protect the jaguar population and their habitat. With our expertise and commitment, we are making a significant impact in preserving the jaguar population and their ecosystem. Join us in our mission to protect these magnificent creatures and their habitat.
MEET THE TEAM.
Founder of Jaguar Identification Project
Abbie, an American zoologist and skilled mariner from Upstate New York, is the driving force behind the Jaguar Identification Project. Established in 2015, this innovative initiative utilizes citizen science and remote camera traps to study the ecology of jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. Founder of the non-profit, The Wetland Research Center, Inc, in 2020, Abbie's work has documented nearly 350 jaguars over the past decade, creating the largest wild jaguar demographic database. Her efforts go beyond data collection, emphasizing the intrinsic value of live jaguars in a region where they are more precious alive than dead, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for these majestic creatures and their vital role in the Pantanal ecosystem.
Vice President and Project Vet
Brazilian veterinarian, born in Cuiabá - Mato Grosso, passionate about wild animals and nature, in her career she has worked with projects on the theme of One Health, specifically emerging diseases and is currently dedicated to the Jaguar Identification Project as a board member and field researcher, with an interest in Conservation Medicine and Environmental Protection.
Content Lead & Zoologist
Charlie is a UK-born science communicator with a degree in zoology. He currently serves as the content and film lead for the Jaguar Identification Project, where he combines his passion for wildlife with his expertise in visual storytelling. He joined the project in October 2023, where he contributed to the project and gathered vital film and media content.
Secretary & Biologist
Bruno, a Brazilian passionate about nature conservation and wildlife, embarked on an educational exchange to Australia (2018-2020). He then earned his degree in Environmental Management and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Biology in São Paulo. His work involves monitoring jaguars in the Northern Pantanal and environmental licensing, with a focus on surveying mammals, reptiles, and amphibians species as an environmental consultant. Currently, he is engaged in organizing aspects of projects and research related to jaguars with the NGO Jaguar Identification Project.
Furthermore, Bruno has contributed to environmental education projects in the Pantanal, collaborating with local schools. He also plays a role in local ecotourism initiatives. Additionally, he is fascinated by photography, capturing the beauty of the natural world.
Raissa S. Alves (Cons Biology PhD)
Raíssa is a Brazilian biologist with great interest in tropical ecology and conservation. Raíssa has worked with reintroduction biology aiming to restore ecological functions and seed dispersal by primates in her masters. She is currently conducting a PhD with movement ecology of ocelots. Raíssa works as field biologist at Panthera in the Porto Jofre, Pantanal, with wildcat. She is particular interested in population dynamics and how the animals interact with their habitat using information derived from movement ecology.
Chris is an image creator and contributor to several conservation organizations such as WWF, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and the World Animal Protection. Chris is also a brand ambassador for Cotton Carrier gear and Gura Gear. Chris has been coming to photograph the wildlife of the Pantanal for the last 5 years. Chris believes that for photography to be optimal is for it to serve a higher purpose and that's exactly what he does with his photos; to invite people to fall in-love with nature and its species, hoping people will better protect what they love. Before becoming a nature advocate and photographer, he was a successful and well-traveled business strategist--helping to develop business building strategies globally.
Board Member & Project Manager
Paul Donahue is a naturalist, artist, photographer and environmentalist from California. He has been working in the South American tropics since 1972, and with jaguars in the northern Pantanal since 2007. During that time he spent six seasons working as the jaguar biologist/naturalist for local ecotourism operators. In addition to jaguars, he has worked extensively with South American birds, conducting avifaunal surveys, recording hours of bird vocalizations, and leading many birding trips. Paul has constructed rainforest canopy walkways in Peru and Costa Rica, and dozens of canopy observation platforms. Paul has also conducted many guide training workshops in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.