Who are we

Panthera Sanctuary was established in 2013 with the help a few private investors with the goal of preserving portions of the Amazon forest. We are fully independent reserve, meaning we do not receive any subsidies.

As a small project, we started with 30 hectares Amazonian forest bought in 2011. As of February 2018, we have purchased our neighbor's abandoned land, thus expanding the reserve to a total of 60 hectares. More land to reforest, monitor, and protect!

Panthera Sanctuary Reserve map

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Our team at the root of the project


Pierre-Julien BERTHON


A self-taught man born in France, this keen arachnologist, herpetologist, and former eco-volunteer discovered the beauty of the Amazon over the course of various trips. After realizing the amount of information about the rainforest that was still unknown, waiting to be uncovered, Pierre decided to remain in Peru and dedicate his life to broadening his knowledge and research of the area. He runs the daily functions of the reserve.


Alexandra LOPEZ


Alexandra is a former ecovolunteer originally from Southern California who joined the team in 2016 as the project coordinator. She spent 2 years studying Environmental Studies in the Social Sciences Sector at St. Olaf College before continuing her education at University of Massachussetts Amherst for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Her specialty lies in Agroforestry and Sustainable Food Production. She manages the reserve both on and off the field. 






Going by the name Alex, he comes from a military background specializing in “bushcraft”. A quiet and patient guide, he also knows ecology and forestry development in addition to river and inland navigation. Alex is responsible for nearly every piece of contruction (rooms, dining hall, washroom, etc) built on the reserve. 






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