Angela Maldonado

Dr Angela Maldonado is founder and director of Fundación Entropika, an organization that carries out participatory conservation work with local people in the Amazon. She received the prestigious Whitley Gold Award for her research and efforts in tackling the illegal trade of night monkeys used for malaria research. Her conservation work focuses on finding ways to improve environmental law enforcement and implementing sustainable livelihoods such as nature tourism for Amazonian communities involved in wildlife trade. With the collaboration of several institutions, she is leading research on Nancy Ma’s night monkeys, including genetic identification and health screening to create a binational conservation strategy for protecting this unique nocturnal species traded for over 35 years for malaria research, whose habitat is severely fragmented by deforestation for timber extraction and coca plantations at the Colombian-Peruvian border.