Juan Carlos Bravo, Wildlands Network

Juan Carlos Bravo is the Mexico and Borderlands Program Director for the international conservation organization Wildlands Network.

He promotes habitat conservation and connectivity in western Mexico and the United States with an emphasis on the border region known as the Sky Islands. He directly supervises projects advocating the creation of new Natural Protected Areas, as well as improvements in the management and legal certainty of existing ones. He supervises public policy projects that aim to educate legislators while improving public understanding of the impact of public policies in nature’s conservation.

He directs projects for the establishment of wildlife crossings along Highway 2 in Sonora and Interstate 10 in Arizona, supports campaigns in opposition of the border wall and the construction of Interstate 11 between Nogales and Phoenix.  He coordinates the Borderlands Linkages Initiative, which brings together groups from Arizona and Sonora in the identification and protection of jaguar corridors in the borderlands.

In 2015, his negotiations with Mexico’s federal transportation authority managed to secure the protection of the best-preserved stretch of the Cocóspera River in Sonora. His campaigning on behalf of the Natural Protected Area Bavispe secured the re-categorization of this federal reserve, providing legal certainty to almost half a million acres of protected lands, in the crosshairs of mining interests.

He serves as Secretary of the Expert Group for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Jaguars and other Wild Felines, an advisory body that brings together jaguar experts from all over Mexico to assist government agencies in preserving threatened felines. He is also a board member of the binational organization Sky Island Alliance.

For over 16 years he worked for the Mexican conservation group Naturalia where he held several positions, among them Northwest Mexico Representative and Interim General Director. He was in charge of the Northern Jaguar Reserve for 10 years, a binational effort to protect 50 thousand acres of core habitat for the northernmost breeding jaguar population in the continent. In this same period he collaborated in Mexico’s first wolf reintroduction 30 years after the species’ extirpation in that country.

He is a native of Mexico City, where he studied Graphic Communications in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He now lives in Hermosillo Sonora, a city in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.