Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, I realized early on that my ultimate goal in life was to advocate for wild animals and the environment. First, I became a field biologist. The kingdom of Belgium gave me a scholarship that allowed me to get a bachelor´s degree in investigation. I studied the ecology and reproductive patterns of Podocnemis unifilis in the Ichilo River of Cochabamba. During this first research thesis, to collect the data, I spent one month in a rustic boat Bolivia’s Amazon Basin.
I later obtained a full scholarship from the US Fish and Wildlife Services and a grant from the Cleveland Zoo, which allowed me to move to Venezuela and complete a master’s thesis and study a rare and little-known fresh-water turtle: Chelus fimbriatus (the “matamata”).
After completing my master’s thesis dissertation, I moved back to Cochabamba, where my oldest son Cid became my adventure companion while I worked as a research associate for the National Museum of Natural History. I actively participated with the Bat Conservation Program and conducted numerous projects to raise awareness about this mammal’s importance for the ecosystem.
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