Paul Rosolie

Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, author, and award-winning wildlife filmmaker who has specialized in the western Amazon for nearly a decade. Along with running a conservation project called Tamandua Expeditions that uses tourism to support rainforest conservation, Paul’s work has taken him to some of the last dark places on the map. He has traveled with poachers into deep jungle to document the black market trade in endangered species (the third largest black market globally, after guns and drugs), he has learned from indigenous trackers about the Amazon’s flora and fauna, and has explored a previously undocumented ecosystem that has come to be called the ‘floating forest’. His work with anacondas has attracted the attention of major television networks such as NatGeo Wild and Discovery Science. According to Paul, “telling the story of places like the Amazon and other threatened biomes and the species within them is a crucial link in the process of protecting them. These stories need to be accessible to a wider audience, not just biologists and conservationists. The loss of biodiversity and ecosystems affects all of us as a global community.”

As an author Paul’s mission is to blend adventure and conservation with the aim of reaching a broader audience, and including more people in an ecological call to arms. His first book Mother of God has received praise from environmental leaders such as Jane Goodall, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Hance, and adventurer Bear Grylls. The book has called “Indiana Jones with a green twist,” and hailed as a “gripping,” “awe inspiring,” “rousing tale,” “with a great and enduring point.”

Paul  has worked on conservation projects in tropical ecosystems all over the world, his experience covers locations in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Peru. Specializing in the upper Amazon Rosolie has been featured by conservation news sources for his work with anacondas and his work with indigenous communities leading volunteers from all over the world into the rainforest to protect biodiversity. At the age of 22 he was featured in Mongabay.com’s Young Scientists series for his conservation work with Tamandua Expeditions. In 2012 he sold the rights to his first book, Mother of God to Harper Collins and in 2013 Paul spoke at the United Nations Forum on Forests as a winner of the annual short film contest Forests for People, for the documentary An Unseen World.

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