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Welcome to Great Wilderness

What We Do

OUR MISSION is to support protection of tropical biodiversity where preservation and conservation of natural ecosystems are critical to sustaining life on earth.  We address the needs of people and all inhabitants of tropical ecosystems through our work in economic sustainability, education, healthcare, social justice and scientific research. Great Wilderness is a California-based, international, non-profit, conservation organization.


  biodiversityCONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY: Six biological reserves protect 7500 ha of native forest in Ecuador (Galapagos Islands, Tropical Andes, Coast, Amazon) and Venezuela (the Llanos of Venezuela). (Read more)

susdevSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: The Fonmsoeam Center for Sustainable Development and Conservationis is an initiative to support small scale cacao farmers organizations by promoting sustainable farming practices, increasing revenues of farmers, and contributing to conservation of the natural resources in the Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve (REMACH). (read more...)


masaguaral educationEDUCATION OUTREACH: The Natural History Courses in ecology and conservation basics cover primary and high schools to university level classes for adults of all ages.  Gender Equality workshops in computers... (read more...)


healthHEALTH: The Community Health Project in rurals and indigenous communities seeks to promote health through community action, Reorienting Regional Health Services and Integrating and Sustaining Traditional Knowledge Systems. (Read more)


karlRESEARCH: Research in the temperate zones shows birds are reacting in different ways to climate change. Rising temperatures predict earlier egg laying, while farther south day length is the seasonal cue. Little is known about climate change and breeding cues in tropical birds…. (Read more...)



picNEW INITIATIVES IN 2013: Community-Based Aquifer Management in California.


Updated on May, 2013


Welcome, Everyone


 Greetings! - Great Wilderness continues to work on biodiversity preservation in both Ecuador and Venezuela. We are succeeding in our mission to "Help People Help Nature."

 Please consider donating to Great Wilderness. It is easy to go to our website and donate. Thanks in advance for any help you can give to our organization.

 Volunteer and Internship Program

Our goal is to support, strengthen and enhance our partners conservation program by sending individuals interested in working and supporting the protection of Ecuador and Venezuela native forest and ecosystems. (Read more)



1. On September 2015,  the Parrolet Project was featured in the segment Bird Note that airs every morning in National Public Radio. Congratulations to our Research Director, Dr. Karl Berg!  Follow this link to hear the segment:   (Bird Note)

2. Great Wilderness would like to welcome both, Dr. Vernon Andrews to our Board of Directors and Ing. Estefani Izurieta (our very first Ecuadorian intern), to our team. (Read more)


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The Parrotlet Project


Do Parrots Name Their Babies?

While studying Green-rumplet Parrolets in Venezuela, National Geographic Explorer and Great Wilderness Board member, Dr. Karl Berg, discovered an incredibly rare behavior.


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Forest Fund

Dear Family and Friends,


Earth Day 2016 marks the launch of a new partnership with Forest Fund. Forest Fund supports conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil with the help of Great Wilderness and donors worldwide. Together we are turning landowners into forest protectors by providing opportunity cost payments to the landowner to keep the forest standing in one of the most ecologically important and threatened areas of the world. Read more     



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