Vision

We envision a global conservation movement where society and organizations fight together against biodiversity threats

Vision
Mission
Values
Team
Members

Our mission

We develop ambitious conservation strategies using evidence-based tools and a network of international experts

Education

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Animal Welfare

100%

Conservation

100%

Research

100%

Our values

“Conservation made EASIER” is the core of our Values:

Encouragement

Inspiring people and attain stronger community support for conservation

Ambition

Finding innovative solutions for achieving greater benefits in our actions

Synergy

Promoting team harmony and inclusiveness

Impact

Assessing priorities to ensure the greatest conservation impact

Efficiency

Providing tailored professional expertise and tools

Responsibility

Working on clear objectives and timelines

Our team

Allies for Wildlife is an emerging nonprofit organization founded by conservationists with more than 20 years of wildlife management, outreach, and conservation experience

The organisational structure consists of an Executive Board of Directors, an Advisory Committee, a Public Relations and Membership Committee, a Fundraising and Marketing Committee, a Finance Committee, and a Panel of Ambassadors.

Borja reh

Founder & Executive Director

With over 20 years of experience in conservation organizations, Borja has worked as Asst. Director of Zoology at Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and Herpetology Curator at Madrid Zoo. He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (CPSG and TFTSG), and an external professor in an MSc at the Complutense University of Madrid where he teaches the subjects of Biodiversity Conservation and Animal Welfare.

Cecilia Encinas

Founder & Comms Advisor

Cecilia is a journalist and news reporter for Cuatro television network since 2005. In recent years she has specialized in environmental, conservation and sustainability issues, carrying out multiple reports addressing wildlife conservation and sustainability issues.

Jorge Peña

Founder & Conservation Advisor

Veterinarian specialized in wild animals. Jorge has worked in different projects of ecological restoration and wildlife reintroduction. He worked for six years as the vet in charge of the reintroduction of five species of mammals and two of birds in “The Conservation Land Trust” in Argentina. In his early career he worked at Madrid Zoo. Jorge is currently working in the rehabilitation and reintroduction of threatened species in Spain.

Panel of experts

The Heart of A4W

A network of Experts to save species

As a collaborative-effort collective-thinking organization, Allies for Wildlife relies on a network of supporting organizations and world-leading experts in the fields of research, conservation, animal welfare, and education. As such, we build bridges with the leading players in wildlife conservation, including National and International Associations, NGOs, governments, and private organizations.

Expert panel Members

Dr. Kanako tomisawa

PhD Ecology

Dr. Kanako serves as Spokesperson for Omuta City Zoo, Japan. She has been in the conservation, population management, data analysis, membership service, communications, and education fields for 20 years. Her academic background includes a Ph.D. in Environmental Management and an M.Sc. in Applied Animal Science.She is the Vice Chair for SEAZA Species Management Committee (SSMC), Board member for International Zoo Educators Association, and Lecturer for the Teikyo University of Science

Benjamin Tapley

MSc Conservation Biology

Benjamin Tapley works on the conservation management of threatened reptiles and amphibians. He is PhD candidate at the University of Kent. Ben is currently involved in several amphibian and reptile conservation programmes and is currently working on Chinese giant salamanders in China, mountain chicken frogs from the Caribbean and megophryid frogs and big-headed turtles in Vietnam. Ben is a Facilitator, IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group, Conservation Breeding Working Group and Vice-chair of the EAZA Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group.

dr. chris r. shepherd

Wildlife Trafficking Advisor

Chris has spent over two decades in Southeast Asia investigating the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. He has played a major role in catalysing many of the conservation interventions for newly emerging threats to Asia’s wildlife. Dr. Shepherd has produced numerous publications, primarily on wildlife trade and strategies to mitigate this threat and has carried out work on a wide range of species around the world. He is the Executive Director of Monitor Conservation Research Society. Monitor fills a niche in tackling illegal and unsustainable trade, especially for lesser-known species and issues in the realm of highly-organised wildlife crime networks

Pierre de chabannes

Taxonomy Advisor

Based in France, Pierre is a conservation, zoology and taxonomy advisor for the National Geographic Photo Ark and editions, various medias, companies and animal conservation organizations. Pierre is also a lecturer, an author, an avid wildlife photographer and the founder of an animal conservation education project called Pierre Wildlife

Fernando Gómez

Professional Tracker

Fernando is a professional tracker dedicated  to technical, tactical and scientific tracking. His field experience in more than 30 countries, includes tracking different species of fauna, investigating environmental crimes and training numerous professionals dedicated to the protection of wildlife and people.
He is the founder of the "Forest Tracking Service" (SERAFO), Director of the "Scott Donelan Tracking School-Ibero-American Division", and associate scientific tracker of the“ National Museum of Natural History - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ”.

aner etxebarria

Conservation Filmmaker

Aner is a conservation and anthropology documentary filmmaker, whose passion for wild and indigenous worlds has led him to shoot stories all around the world.
He has produced award winning documentaries such as Baskaviging, and Bayandalai. Currently he is co-directing Voices of Earth, a documentary series that highlights positive coexistence between animals and humans in the most remote places of the planet.

Carmen Madrid

Sustainability Advisor

Carmen is a business development and communications consultant specialising in renewable energy and sustainability. With 15+ years of experience in media and international events, she is a certified project developer for photovoltaics. Founding Director of Circular Synergies Ltd based in the UK, she is currently connecting businesses internationally across different value chains to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while supporting circular economy models, gender equality, diversity and local production of technology and services in developing countries

Benjamin Tapley

MSc Conservation Biology

Benjamin Tapley works on the conservation management of threatened reptiles and amphibians. He is PhD candidate at the University of Kent. Ben is currently involved in several amphibian and reptile conservation programmes and is currently working on Chinese giant salamanders in China, mountain chicken frogs from the Caribbean and megophryid frogs and big-headed turtles in Vietnam. Ben is a Facilitator, IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group, Conservation Breeding Working Group and Vice-chair of the EAZA Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group.

dr. chris r. shepherd

Wildlife Trafficking Advisor

Chris has spent over two decades in Southeast Asia investigating the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. He has played a major role in catalysing many of the conservation interventions for newly emerging threats to Asia’s wildlife. Dr. Shepherd has produced numerous publications, primarily on wildlife trade and strategies to mitigate this threat and has carried out work on a wide range of species around the world. He is the Executive Director of Monitor Conservation Research Society. Monitor fills a niche in tackling illegal and unsustainable trade, especially for lesser-known species and issues in the realm of highly-organised wildlife crime networks

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Allies for Wildlife is an emerging nonprofit organization that offers a holistic approach to conservation initiatives.
Founded by conservationists with more than 20 years of wildlife management and conservation experience and supported by a network of world-leading experts.‍

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Our Vision

We envision a global conservation movement where society and organizations fight together against biodiversity threats

Our Mission

We develop ambitious conservation strategies using evidence-based tools and a network of international experts

Our Values

“Conservation made EASIER” is the core of our Values