Team

Jose Vieira
Jose is founder and CEO of ExSitu. He is a biologist from Universidad Central de Venezuela who currently works as researcher and photographer at Tropical Herping and Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He specializes in the systematics of amphibians and reptiles as well as in photography aimed at furthering science and conservation.

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Andrés Perez

Andres is a biology student at the Central University of Venezuela, wildlife photographer, naturalist and veterinary assistant. He currently resides in Spain where he works as a volunteer at the Oceanographic in Valencia. In Venezuela he worked for 5 years as a volunteer for Bioreptilia and the Institute for Advanced Studies (IDEA), and hired for 2 years at BIOTECFAR, taking charge of the extraction of venom from snakes and arachnids, as well as the maintenance and feeding of the entire collection. zoo. He has taught courses on accident prevention and management of poisonous species in Venezuela to biology and medicine students from the Central University of Venezuela, fire departments and paramedics. He has also worked as a volunteer in projects for the breeding and reintroduction of species such as the Orinoco Cocodrile (Crocodylus intermedius) and the Arrau River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa).

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Duvan Zambrano

Duvan is a biologist from the Universidad del Tolima, Colombia. He works attached to the Herpetology, Ecophysiology & Ethology Research Group of the same university. He works with research in taxonomy, systematics and evolution of reptiles and amphibians. He is currently a collaborator and co-author in several projects in which he focuses on showing the diversity of amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bats in Colombia.

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Max Benito

Max is a biologist from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. His main interests are around amphibian and reptile conservation, aswell as in nature photography as a way to spread knowledge and awareness about these animals. He has worked as a researcher in Costa Rica with spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) aswell as volunteering in sea turtle conservation programs. Currently he resides in Spain were he works as a researcher and also teaches courses about identification and biology of iberian herpetofauna.


Mauricio Ron

Since he was just a child, Mauricio gave talks about nature and especially snakes, trying to break myths and false beliefs that stigmatize these animals. After graduating as a Civil Engineer at the Central University of Venezuela, he decided to continue his vocation in favor of nature conservation. He worked for more than 4 years in the production of antivenoms for poisonous snakes and scorpions at BIOTECFAR in Caracas. He is currently dedicated through his Instagram and Youtube channel to continue educating about the importance of biodiversity in Venezuela and is also currently carrying out the development of a visual guide of the most common species of the Warairarepano National Park in Caracas.


Diana Stasiukynas

Diana is a biologist from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. Diana works as a field researcher for the organization Panthera in Colombia. Growing up around nature and touring different landscapes in Colombia, Diana developed an intrinsic love for nature, which later on would lead her to work in conservation. Her admiration for big cats allowed her to study their ecology and biology and use them to promote their conservation in Latin America.