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Who we are

E. Staib, C. Schenck and J. Huaman, NP Manu 1993.
Elke Staib together with Christof Schenck, coordinators from 1990 to 1999 of the research and conservation project "Presence, way of life and protection of giant otters in Peru".

The FZS began its work in Peru in 1969, supporting research on threatened species in the Manu region. Around this time, the FZS helped to establish the famous Cocha Cashu Biological Station and supported the then recently created Manu National Park. In the Andean region, the FZS contributed to the conservation of the vicuña species in the Pampa Galeras National Park.


Beginning in 1990, the FZS began a research and protection project on behalf of the Giant otter of the Madre de Dios region. Since then, the FZS has been active in supporting biodiversity conservation in the region, using the Giant otter as an emblematic species.


The FZS Peru was officially founded in 2002 and its commitment to conservation was expanded at that time to be a support program for the natural protected areas and for the Peruvian state in its proper management. 

The actual scope of our activities encompasses the regions of Cusco, Madre de Dios and Loreto. Our central office is located in Cusco and we have two field offices in Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos.


With a team of dedicated professionals, the FZS Peru team has steadily grown in the last decade and consists of 37 professionals from different specialty fields. 


The mission of FZS is to conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.


The vision of FZS is a world where wildlife and wild places are cherished and conserved in recognition of both their intrinsic worth and economic importance for present and future generations.