Meet our new South America Regional Director!

Island Conservation selects Hugo Arnal to advance its conservation operations on islands off mainland South America.

Hugo has served as the Ecuador and Peru Country Program Director at American Bird Conservancy, the Venezuela and Ecuador Program Director for The Nature Conservancy, and National Park Director and Andean Regional Director with Venezuela’s National Parks Institute.

Hugo’s expertise includes conservation of Critically Endangered species in regions throughout South America including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.In his work at the American Bird Conservancy, Hugo was responsible for managing large regional conservation strategies, including creation and expansion of private reserves and large public protected areas in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia; monitoring and mapping the distribution of highly restricted endemic and critically endangered species and their habitats in Peru; and developing regional ecotourism initiatives.

Executive Director, Bill Waldman, notes that Hugo’s breadth of experience is perfectly aligned with Island Conservation’s mission of preventing extinctions. “As Island Conservation advances its conservation initiatives into the South American region, Hugo’s expertise will have a dramatic impact on our success.” 

Hugo earned his Licentiate Degree in Biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and a Certificate of Graduate Studies on Tropical Ecology from Centro Internacional de Ecologia Tropical (CIET) from the Universidad de los Andes in Merida Venezuela.

An ardent nature photographer, Hugo also enjoys biking, backcountry hiking and high altitude mountaineering. He and his wife will relocate from Virginia to Santiago, Chile. He will establish an Island Conservation regional office in order to build capacity and conduct conservation operations on islands off of the coast of Chile and other South American countries, including the richly diverse Juan Fernandez archipelago and the Galapagos.

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. To date, we have successfully restored 64 islands worldwide, benefiting 1195 populations of 487 species and subspecies. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species.

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