"It always seems impossible
until it's done"

Nelson Mandela

© Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The BJF is driven to restore the balance between nature and mankind to improve the life of each of us and all future generations on our planet. We all have the power to change.

The BJF is driven to restore the balance between nature and mankind to improve the life of each of us and all future generations on our planet. We all have the power to change.

STORY

BJF AMBASSADORS

BJF TEAM

STORY

BJF AMBASSADORS

BJF TEAM

OFFICES

NO RISK, NO LIFE

BJF Q&A

OFFICES

NO RISK, NO LIFE

BJF Q&A

THE STORY

IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM:
TO ENCOUNTER THE BLACK JAGUAR
IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT

THE STORY

IT ALL STARTED WITH
A DREAM: TO ENCOUNTER
THE BLACK JAGUAR IN ITS
NATURAL HABITAT

The Black Jaguar Foundation started in 2009, its initial goal making a unique documentary about the black jaguar in the wild – a dream of initiator Ben Valks. During his numerous expeditions it was not the black jaguar he encountered, but the drastically deforested Amazon. Inspired by the powerful documentary ‘HOME’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and its message that ‘we all have the power to change’, the BJF has expanded its mission. Ben has since devoted his life to restoring the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna through the BJF.

Instead of being the focus of the foundation, the black jaguar came to be its icon. It symbolizes the precarious future of the entire Amazon and Cerrado as well as the endangerment of our own species.

The Black Jaguar Foundation started in 2009, its initial goal making a unique documentary about the black jaguar in the wild – a dream of initiator Ben Valks. During his numerous expeditions it was not the black jaguar he encountered, but the drastically deforested Amazon. Inspired by the powerful documentary ‘HOME’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and its message that ‘we all have the power to change’, the BJF has expanded its mission. Ben has since devoted his life to restoring the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna through the BJF.

Instead of being the focus of the foundation, the black jaguar came to be its icon. It symbolizes the precarious future of the entire Amazon and Cerrado as well as the endangerment of our own species.

PEOPLE

AMBASSADORS

Koen
Vanmechelen

Conceptual artist

H.R.H.
Princess Basma bint Ali

Global Environmentalist

Prof. Dr. Jan
van Hooff

Science Supervisor
at Burgers’ Zoo

Koen
Vanmechelen

Conceptual artist

H.R.H.
Princess Basma bint Ali

Global Environmentalist

Prof. Dr. Jan
van Hooff

Science Supervisor
at Burgers’ Zoo

Kees
Rijnhout

Owner of  Jaguar,
the fresh (fruit) company

 Prof. emer.Dr.Dr. h.c. mult.
Marian C. Horzinek (†)

Chairman at Advisory Board
on Cat Diseases

Nalden

Co-owner of WeTransfer

Kees
Rijnhout

Owner of  Jaguar,
the fresh (fruit) company

 Prof. emer.Dr.Dr. h.c. mult.
Marian C. Horzinek (†)

Chairman at Advisory Board
on Cat Diseases

Nalden

Co-owner of WeTransfer

BJF CORE TEAM

Our dedicated core team is a mix of professionals, working fulltime to bring our dream of conservation into reality. The BJF core team works both in the field in the Corridor and/or at one of our offices.

Our dedicated core team is a mix of professionals, working fulltime to bring our dream of conservation into reality. The BJF core team works both in the field in the Corridor and/or at one of our offices.

Ben
Valks

Initiator

Joël
Boele

Community Outreach Coordinator

Eric
Schoorl

Campaign Coordinator

Eloise
Moench

Communication Coordinator

Ben
Valks

Initiator

Joël
Boele

Community Outreach Coordinator

Eric
Schoorl

Campaign Coordinator

Eloise
Moench

Communication Coordinator

Francisco Martes
Porto Macedo

Partnerships Coordinator (Brazil)

Marina
Tavares

Partnerships Coordinator (Brazil)

Eduardo Carlos
Oliveira

Field Coordinator

Dimitrio
Schievenin

Project Coordinator

Francisco Martes
Porto Macedo

Partnership Coordinator

Marina
Tavares

Partnership Coordinator

Eduardo Carlos
Oliveira

Field Coordinator

Dimitrio
Schievenin

Project Coordinator

Ivan
Nisida

Strategy Coordinator

Ivan
Nisida

Strategy Coordinator

Team of professional volunteers

Meet our amazing and ever growing team of successful professionals from all over the world. They contribute their time, talent and services free of charge or work at charitable rates.

Meet our amazing and ever growing team of successful professionals from all over the world. They contribute their time, talent and services free of charge or work at charitable rates.

Alex Vermeule – Alexey Neischenko – Ana Paula Aquino – Angel Garcia-Rojo – Anouk Kuiper – Anton Theunissen – Ashley Aslett – Babette Zwager – Bart Greve – Bart Jenezon – Berry Philippa – Bianco Nijhoff – Brenda Smeenge – Camila Tubino Bandeira – Cees Berkhout – Cherie McDonald – Chris Tap – Claire King – Constantijn de Longh – Daisy Longden – Daniel Hillel-Tuch – Daniel Oscar Hunter – David Velt – Davy van der Elsken – Derek Gallo – Dietmar Dahmen – Dwight Groot – Eelco Wisman – Ellen Windemuth – Elvire Jaspers – Emmelie Zipson – Eric Steuten – Esther Lapère – Eveline Dietz – Farhad Massoudi – Fatima Del Carmen Lopez – Fernando Bedaque – Flavia da Cruz Carneiro – Flávia Frazão – Floris de Clerque – Floris Wouterson – Fred Porro – Geert Sonnemans – Gerard Nieveen – Gijs van Kampen – Gina van Dijk – Hans Idema – Hans Knoop – Hans Lutz – Hans Simons – Heidi Little – Herman Witkam – Ingeborg van Bruggen – Ingrid Valks – Irene Andrea – Isabelle Delannoy – Jacqueline Goffart – Jack Myasushkin – Jan Coppelmans – Jan Willem Lokerman – Jeanette aan de Stegge – Jeroen Otter – Jessica Benedictus – Joao S. de Queiroz – João Bosco Paulo Carneiro – John Kappel – Jolanda Treffers – Joris Vos – Junior Afraino Machabo – Juliano Lissano – Kurt Kelly – Leonie Roos – Maaike Gonzàlez – Maaike Veen – Marieke van der Heijden – Mario Dos Santos Cabreira – Martijn van Rooij – Martin Nijdam – Matthijs van Schendelen – Menfis Alves – Merel van Beeren – Michael Hekking – Michelle Johnson – Leonie Roos – Natascha Wouterson – Natasja de Winter – Nicole Bekhuis – Nuno Negroes – Paco Valks – Pascale Fuchs – Patrick Wachner – Paul Feenstra – Peter Vosters – Peter Baas – Philip Jan Meijer – Philippe van den Weghe – Raymond Badoux – Remco de Boer – Rob Burkhard – Roberta Carminati – Roelof ten Broeke – Ronald Kip – Ru van Meeteren – Sjoerd van Schaaijk – Sonja de Vries – Suzanne Bergman – Tanya Lyabik – Tatjana Medvedev – Thaís Sabino – Thijs Gerritsen – Thomas Roos – Ton van der Meer – Tulio Dornas – Virginia Hamilton – Vladyslav Kadlubytskyy – Willem van Riet – Yann Arthus-Bertrand – Yoska van der Harten

BJF BOARD

Ingomar Klaui
BJF Netherlands

Change manager,
Operational management

Jerry Griep
BJF Netherlands

MD of Benelux & North America
Cono Cheesemakers

Bart Jaspers
BJF Netherlands

Social entrepreneur

Ingomar Klaui
BJF Netherlands

Change manager,
Operational management

Jerry Griep
BJF Netherlands

MD of Benelux & North America
Cono Cheesemakers

Bart Jaspers
BJF Netherlands

Social entrepreneur

Caspar Burn
BJF Brazil

Entrepreneur

Guilherme Fleury De Oliveira
BJF Brazil

Agronomist

Janaina Noronha Rocha
BJF Brazil

Legal Director
Laureate International Universities

Caspar Burn
BJF Brazil

Entrepreneur

Guilherme Fleury De Oliveira
BJF Brazil

Agronomist

Janaina Noronha Rocha
BJF Brazil

Sr. Legal Manager
Laureate International Universities

Hans Hagen
BJF Germany – Rep office

Geschäftsführer
Motovers
GmbH

Bastian Laucke
BJF Germany – Rep office

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

Joe Hechler
BJF Germany – Rep office

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

Hans Hagen
BJF Germany

Firmenberater
Motovers

Bastian Laucke
BJF Germany

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

Joe Hechler
BJF Germany

Founder Drehmoment Film GmbH,
Director of photography 

A SELECTION OF OUR OFFICIAL SUPPLIERS

 
 
 
 
 

OUR OFFICES

OUR OFFICES

AMSTERDAM

BJF HEADQUARTERS

info@black-jaguar.org
+31 20 760 0765

Stichting Black Jaguar Foundation
Hettenheuvelweg 26
1101 BN – Amsterdam
The Netherlands

 

SÃO PAULO

BJF BRAZIL

info@black-jaguar.org
+55 11 99540-8846

Instituto Black Jaguar  
Rua Joaquim Eugênio de Lima, 187, Cj. 11
01403-001 – São Paulo – SP
Brazil

MUNICH

BJF GERMANY

hagen@motovers.de
+49 151 23067393

c/o Drehmoment Film GmbH
Adi-Maislinger Str. 7

81373 – Munich
Germany

 

AMSTERDAM

BJF HEADQUARTERS

info@black-jaguar.org
+31 20 760 0765

Stichting Black Jaguar Foundation
Hettenheuvelweg 26
1101 BN – Amsterdam
The Netherlands

 

SÃO PAULO

BJF BRAZIL

info@black-jaguar.org
+55 11 9 99 34 06 08

Instituto Black Jaguar
Avenida Paulista, 1159
01310-100 – São Paulo – SP
Brazil

 

MUNICH

BJF GERMANY

info@black-jaguar.org
+31 20 760 0765

c/o Drehmoment Film GmbH
Adi-Maislinger Str. 7

81373 – Munich
Germany