I’m an ecologist protecting 7400 acres of Amazonian rainforest and preventing wildlife trafficking. AMA!
My name is Samantha Zwicker and I’m a tropical biologist and wildlife rehabilitation specialist, and the founder and co-director of Hoja Nueva. I have a master's degree in wildlife conservation ecology, a diploma in nonprofit management, and currently completing my doctorate in Quantitative Ecology at the University of Washington.
At Hoja Nueva, our mission is the protection and fortification of Amazonian biodiversity in Madre de Dios, Peru through conserving intact ecosystems, confronting threats to wildlife, implementing biological research, and conducting environmental education. To date, we have created a protected area of over 7400 acres of rainforest in the Madre de Dios region, which is one of the most pristine unprotected areas of Amazon rainforest that is still intact. Our protected area is stewarded privately by our organization, and serves as our base of operations for our wildlife rehabilitation, ecological research, environmental education, and community outreach initiatives.
In the new Prime Video documentary Wildcat, you can get a glimpse of some of the critical work and conservationism we’re doing at Hoja Nueva, and join our journey of rewilding a very special orphaned baby ocelot.