Help conservation in the upper Amazon Basin of Peru

Project Selva

San Antonio Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research is working with indigenous communities in the upper Amazon Basin of Peru to help provide a continuous revenue stream that does not involve timber harvest or oil extraction.

Project introduction

Project Selva began when San Antonio Zoo opened an office in Iquitos, Peru where arts and crafts could be purchased directly from indigenous makers and then be sold in zoo gift shops. The project has now expanded to also include local Peruvian artists from the city of Iquitos, trained in the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku (the process of making fish prints by applying paint directly to the fish and transferring the paint to paper). You can find examples of their original works on this site. Funds generated by the sale of these collector-quality prints are used to maintain the office in Iquitos, and support the indigenous communities that, for countless generations, have served as stewards of this ecosystem and its incredible biodiversity.

With your help, we can continue to help our indigenous friends and provide an alternative revenue stream for their communities.

This project is made possible thanks to support from Roger Williams Park Zoo, Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo, Texas A&M University San Antonio, and Moody Gardens.

Help support project selva

If you would like to make a general donation to the project, click HERE

If you would like to receive an original fish print, choose a donation category below, and select a fish print as a gift.