About Us

Conservation

is our passion

Ecuador is one of the most important countries of the world for research and conservation of wildlife. In fact, the vast array of mammals, birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles in Ecuador represents a major part of the world’s overall biodiversity. Many of these species are disappearing due to the ever increasing number of threats that they face.

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… inspired by the many forms that life takes around us and driven with the desire to understand and conserve it.

NeoSelva envisions a world where we are all inspired by the many forms that life takes around us and driven with the desire to understand and conserve it. Thus, our objectives and activities are directed to educate through appreciation of the neotropics with tours, scientific research, conservation efforts and collaboration with important institutions.

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 Who are we?

NeoSelva is an Ecuadorian organization created through the dream of two enthusiasts and great friends with the same goal – leaving a natural legacy for humanity. Aware of the necessity of conserving the biodiversity of Ecuador, they joined ideas, efforts, abilities, and above all, their enormous passion for nature, resulting in a revolutionary project- in which tourism, photography, scientific investigation and conservation are the key principles and pillars.

Our Mission

  • To positively impact the human conscience regarding the importance of conservation of natural areas through environmental and educational opportunities.
  • To captivate people with the beauty of nature, its biodiversity and landscapes through artistic photography.
  • To promote sustainable tourist activities that generate sufficient economic resources, in order to develop conservation projects that avoid further fragmentation of ecosystems losing even more species.
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 NeoSelva Leadership

Paolo

Paolo David Escobar R.

Co-founder, lead researcher, tour leader and photographer of NeoSelva. From a young age, the natural beauty of Ecuador became his passion; the fascinating biodiversity, the incredible magic of its colors and shapes and the vast landscape, have made this his inspiration for the realization of photographic and artistic works. His fondness and love for the natural world enabled him to direct his life and career around research, tourism, photography and conservation. Over the past 5 years he has worked on several projects, in which one of the most important has been the development of the Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Selva Virgen.

Nick

Nick Pezzote

Co-founder, principal investigator and tour leader of NeoSelva. Nick is a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he is currently writing his thesis on Latin American literature. Nick is an educator with a passion for conservation of amphibians and reptiles that is unprecedented. He has published several reviews, articles and enjoys working with clients so that they too can reach their dreams of contacting nature and understanding her beauty.

Carla Rodriguez

Carla Rodriguez

Project Manager, Principal Investigator and Tour leader of Neoselva. Carla is also researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, School of Hospitality and Tourism. For five years she has been part of projects related to tourism research and environmental research, focusing on sustainable development, environment and wildlife conservation. Most of her work has centered in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in protected areas and in contact with local communities. Most recently she has finished her master studies at the University of Essex – United Kingdom.

Javier Zurita

Javier Zurita

Photography Manager, Project Manager, Principal Investigator and Tour leader of Neoselva. Javier has been a Quito nature photographer since 2012, and a fanatic of the landscapes, flora and fauna of Ecuador. He completed his studies in Tourism Administration at the Equinoctial Technological University. He has photographed areas such as the Chone, Tosagua, and Calceta during the year 2015.