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Seeing a flock of flamingos take flight was one of the most awe inspiring things that I have ever experienced. I was disappointed with my camera equipment as it barely does it justice. The flamencos’ bright pink color contrasting with the sky blue are absolutely stunning. I was left speechless, but inspired to continue to work to protect natural areas and species around the world. #flamingos #tagusestuary #lisbon #photography wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #naturelovers at Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

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It was sobering to see how close the Tagus estuary is to a shipping port and neighboring cities to Lisbon and made me wonder how long before water and sound pollution and river traffic start to affect these population of flamingos. This is increasingly a challenge to resolve for which time is running short of how do we continue to grow as a human civilization without losing most other Earth species in the process. #flamingos #tagusestuary #lisbon #photography wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #naturelovers at Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

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My favorite thing about visiting Lisbon was getting to see flamingos in the wild! I was surprised to learn that there would be flamingos in Europe so close to a major city. To see the flamingos, we set sail from Lisbon on the Tagus river which borders the city on the South side. After about 30 minutes we got to the edge of Tagus estuary natural reserve. The estuary is western Europe’s largest and home to greater flamingos year round and to 50,000+ wintering birds. #flamingos #tagusestuary #lisbon #photography wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #naturelovers at Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

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My favorite thing about visiting Lisbon was getting to see flamingos in the wild! I was surprised to learn that there would be flamingos in Europe so close to a major city. To see the flamingos, we set sail from Lisbon on the Tagus river which borders the city on the South side. After about 30 minutes we got to the edge of Tagus estuary natural reserve. The estuary is western Europe’s largest and home to greater flamingos year round and to 50,000+ wintering birds. #flamingos #tagusestuary #lisbon #photography wildlife #conservation #environment #nature #naturelovers at Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

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Some of the happiest days in my life have been because of the amazing creatures that inhabit our planet. On this Earth day, remember how much we get from our planet and how much we should be giving back to it. Recycling is just table stakes, you need to do much more to compensate for all we take #earthday #throwback #nature #wildlife

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Say hello to the future of nature conservation engagement. I am excited to announce that Zooterra.com is live! The world is losing natural habitats and wildlife at a staggering rate, and existing donor engagement models lack the transparency, personalization, and follow-up to engage more people. More of us MUST get involved, and now, you can do so on the Zooterra platform in the most transparent, engaging and fun way to-date. Zooterra leverages state of the art technologies and trends, including: 🔲 Digital tokens to provide ownership 📍Geolocation to visualize project locations 📡 Satellite image analysis to track forest health 👩🏻‍💼 Personalization through your unique Guardian of Nature history I want to extend a huge thank you to our amazing team, loyal community of early supporters and partners — we could not have done this without you. I couldn’t be more excited about the impact we can have as a community. Zooterra.com #greentech #technology #tokenization #tokens #geolocation #environment #wildlife #habitats #savethemall

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Commemorating World Wildlife Day at the UN yesterday in the lead off to Zooterra’s launch next week. One of the best parts of working on nature conservation with Zooterra is the people I have gotten to meet and their passion and convictions. That was certainly the case yesterday, meeting renowned biologist and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle and Ivonne Higuero, CITES Secretary-General (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Dr. Earle said something that is hard to hear but it is true given our dependence on nature: “what we are doing to the natural world has an end; it is the end of us”. It does not need to be that way though, but we need more Guardians of Nature like Sylvia and Ivonne. #sisepuede #wecandothis #innovation #startup #entrepreneurship #tokenization #wildlife #habitat #nature #conservation #greentech #worldwildlifeday #unitednations at United Nations Headquarter

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The right partnerships fuel innovation 🚀. That is why I am excited to announce @Zooterra’s partnership with @WildlifeWorksCarbon to reimagine how people engage in nature conservation. Few organizations have a richer history of innovation and tangible results in conservation that Wildlife Works. Starting March 4th, users on Zooterra will be able to buy a limited set of digital tokens, called “terras”. Each terra is unique and linked to one hectare of the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor, a 200,000 hectare (500,000 acre) area of dryland forest in southeastern Kenya protected by Wildlife Works. Special thanks to Mike Korchinsky and Joyce Hu for their partnership. Their passion for protecting habitats and wildlife and working with the local communities is inspiring! See press release link on the profile (https://lnkd.in/era8Mhj) #innovation #startup #tokenization #collectibles #wildlife #habitat #nature #conservation #greentech

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As a child, I was fascinated by the cheetah. 🐆 Its speed pushed the limits of the possible and brought a sense of wonder and possibility to me. My interest in animals developed so much that, believe it or not, I almost became a veterinarian. While I ended up in business and, most recently, on the Corporate Innovation team at ‪Pfizer‬, my interest in nature never waned. See the link on my bio where I discuss the series of events in my life that led me to founding ‪Zooterra‬. With your help, Zooterra will bring much-needed change and transform how we approach wildlife and habitat conservation. ‪ #nature  #conservation  #habitat  #wildlife  #greentech  #innovation #entrepreneurship #startup  #climate  #sustainability  #planet ‬

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After months of hard work, I am thrilled to introduce my latest project, @Zooterra ! 🦒, and share this journey with you. 🌳Nature has never been more vulnerable as it is today. Despite gaining $125 trillion of value from nature annually, we have lost 60% of wildlife populations, 50% of rainforests, and 33% of protected land. 🤷🏻‍♂Existing donor engagement models lack the transparency, personalization, and follow-up to reach critical levels, with 82% of donors not fully knowing where their money is going. Using digital collectibles and satellite imaging, Zooterra is poised to become the most direct and transparent way to help protect wildlife and natural habitats. Zooterra’s mission is to democratize engagement and action around wildlife and habitat conservation. See link on profile to learn more. #conservation #wildlife #nature #animals #collectibles #startup #habitat #innovation #entrepreneurship

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At Tikal National Park, I ran into one of my favorite local species: the coatis or pizote. Coatis look like a mix between a brown lemur and a raccoon. Every time I have encountered them, they seem to be in a hurry, restlessly foraging through the forests in big groups. They look adorable but don’t be fooled, they will take a good bite out of you if you get too friendly 😬 #tikal #nationalpark #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment #protectnature at Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

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At Tikal National Park, I ran into one of my favorite local species: the coatis or pizote. Coatis look like a mix between a brown lemur and a raccoon. Every time I have encountered them, they seem to be in a hurry, restlessly foraging through the forests in big groups. They look adorable but don’t be fooled, they will take a good bite out of you if you get too friendly 😬 #tikal #nationalpark #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment #protectnature at Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

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Last week, I had a chance to visit the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Northern Guatemala while discussing opportunities to help preserve the forests in the area. This is the largest preserved tropical forest in the Americas after the Amazon. At the heart of this area is Tikal National Park, a UNESCO heritage site with an incredible Mayan citadel and pyramids surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife. The pyramids peak through the jungle and make for some spectacular views. Thankfully, this natural area has been successfully preserved, but not all national areas composing the Mayan Biosphere Reserve have been as lucky. More on this soon. #tikal #nationalpark #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment #protectnature

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Last week, I had a chance to visit the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Northern Guatemala while discussing opportunities to help preserve the forests in the area. This is the largest preserved tropical forest in the Americas after the Amazon. At the heart of this area is Tikal National Park, a UNESCO heritage site with an incredible Mayan citadel and pyramids surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife. The pyramids peak through the jungle and make for some spectacular views. Thankfully, this natural area has been successfully preserved, but not all national areas composing the Mayan Biosphere Reserve have been as lucky. More on this soon. #tikal #nationalpark #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment #protectnature at Tikal National Park, Peten, Guatemala

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A different New Year’s eve. Lake Atitlan is a volcanic lake surrounded by volcanoes in Guatemala. It was called “the most beautiful lake in the world” by Humboldt. The lake Atitlan basin has lost 60% of its forest in the last 30 years, more needs to be done to preserve the natural beauty of this special place. Today, on New Year’s eve, I met with the caretakers of Reserva Atitlan, a private natural reserve, to learn more about their work, how we could partner and experience the reserve. Hopefully an omen for what’s to come in the New Year. Happy New Year! #lakeatitlan #atitlanreserve #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment

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A different New Year’s eve. Lake Atitlan is a volcanic lake surrounded by volcanoes in Guatemala. It was called “the most beautiful lake in the world” by Humboldt. The lake Atitlan basin has lost 60% of its forest in the last 30 years, more needs to be done to preserve the natural beauty of this special place. Today, on New Year’s eve, I met with the caretakers of Reserva Atitlan, a private natural reserve, to learn more about their work, how we could partner and experience the reserve. Hopefully an omen for what’s to come in the New Year. Happy New Year! #lakeatitlan #atitlanreserve #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment at Reserva Natural Atitlán

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A different New Year’s eve. Lake Atitlan is a volcanic lake surrounded by volcanoes in Guatemala. It was called “the most beautiful lake in the world” by Humboldt. The lake Atitlan basin has lost 60% of its forest in the last 30 years, more needs to be done to preserve the natural beauty of this special place. Today, on New Year’s eve, I met with the caretakers of Reserva Atitlan, a private natural reserve, to learn more about their work, how we could partner and experience the reserve. Hopefully an omen for what’s to come in the New Year. Happy New Year! #lakeatitlan #atitlanreserve #guatemala #nature #wildlife #conservation #environment

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Canaima & Angel Falls, Venezuela. When I visited Canaima National Park a few years ago, I felt like I was entering a lost world of indescribable beauty and power. The news coming out of Venezuela have been heartbreaking as the country goes through one the most difficult periods of its history. These holidays, as I miss seeing family and friends there, I wanted to honor the land were I came to this world through the natural wonders that so many who have called Venezuela home identify with and are proud of #nature #venezuela #nationalpark

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