Loraiza is a Biologist with over 25 years experience in nature/forest conservation and research; and a Master’s in Environment and Development from King’s College London. She has worked for several international conservation organisations such as RSPB, Birdlife and WWF.
Originally from South America (Cuba), she is now settled in the UK. Since her days as a biology student she has been exploring the tropical forests of this vast continent and campaigning for their protection. However the restrictive environmental regulations banning locals from protected areas ignited her passion for development studies, looking at the integration of humans into their environment in a sustainable way.
Her passion for travel, environment conservation and sustainable development coupled with a thirst for exploring wilderness and protecting the natural world led to the conception of Green Planet Ventures.
Milton Marrero Bacallao
Milton is a Business Management Graduate with experience in strategy, marketing and a thirst for adventure. After travelling to various countries, from Peru to Switzerland, Milton has seen first hand the impacts and possible future dangers of climate change. This has fueled his passion for sustainability and the need to conduct vital research to raise awareness of the importance of forests. So he has decided that this venture is a good start to help tackle these issues head on.
Who will look after you in our locations?
Has a PhD in Jaguar Ecology and experience in Nature Conservation. Her passion for research and for inspiring others to protect the Natural environment has been essential to the success of our programme in Iguazu National Park. Her inclusion of Portuguese lessons has also proven a popular addition with our cohorts.
Is specialist in field research in Serra da Bodoquena National Park and the person that leads most of the field expeditions. She coordinates both, the butterfly monitoring in the spring and the vertebrates monitoring in the summer, to help collect biodiversity data to inform conservation decisions within the National Park Serra da Bodoquena. She is passionate about protecting the Cerrado, the place she calls home.
Is the life and the soul of Selva Verde in Costa Rica. He welcomes our interns and volunteers and coordinates the research programme, the transportation and most of the logistics. You will be however work in the field with the field biologists, who specialise in the study of different groups: Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds etc.
Is a leader in the community of Cazumba-Iracema and everything that happens there gets his go ahead. He is a seringueiro (rubber tapper) at heart, and he is currently dedicated to the Environmental management in the reserve. More than anything he is committed to the development of his community and the protection of the forests. “if the forest do well, we’d do well”, that is his moto.