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Juan Carlos Bravo

Juan Carlos smiles as he poses in a desert valley.

Juan Carlos Bravo is expanding the Western Wildway into the northern Sierra Madre Occidental by collaborating with Mexican conservation groups and raising awareness in the U.S. about challenges to achieving habitat connectivity in Mexico. He has a keen interest in organizational development and fundraising.

Juan Carlos (JC) was born in Mexico City and cultivated an early love of nature by exploring forests in Valle de Bravo. He studied graphic communications at University of Mexico until he found his calling in conservation. JC worked for the nonprofit Naturalia for 15 years, spearheading numerous projects in northwestern Mexico—including the establishment of the Northern Jaguar Reserve—and a joint project with the Yaqui people to increase tribal capacity for protecting the jaguars of Sierra Bacatete. He participated in Mexico’s first wolf reintroduction in 2011, and contributed to the conservation of beavers and prairie dogs in the San Pedro River—a shared tributary of the Gila that flows from Sonora to Arizona.

JC lives in Hermosillo, Sonora with his wife and 2 dogs. He is passionate about cooking, reading, drawing, hiking, and biking—and he dreams of a day when he can keep a horse for leisurely riding and a small boat for sailing on the weekends.