The board of YAQU PACHA e.V.

Dr. Lorenzo von Fersen
1. Chairman

Dr. Lorenzo von Fersen, 1st Chairman of YAQU PACHA e.V.

Born and raised in Argentina, I got to know the fascinating wildlife of South America at an early age. In Patagonia I encountered whales, seals and dolphins for the first time. As a biology student, I was also able to experience what it means to do research. But I quickly became aware of how fragile this marine ecosystem is. The fascination that these animals exerted on me, the problem of doing long-term research in South America and ultimately the threat to these animals by us humans, were and are the motivation to do something for these animals. That is why YAQU PACHA was founded in 1992. Through our help in the field of research, species conservation and environmental education, we want to help people in Latin America to better understand animals. This understanding of nature is certainly the best prerequisite for protecting animals and their habitat in the long term.

Sandra Honigs
2. Chairperson

Sandra Honigs, 2nd Chairwoman of YAQU PACHA e.V.

Water has always exerted an incredible fascination on me. As deputy director of the Aquazoo – Löbbecke Museum , I have both the element of water and its inhabitants around me every day. Among the numerous creatures that have developed the most fascinating adaptations to life in and around the water, my heart is particularly attached to the bizarre representatives such as sea cucumbers, deep-sea fish, but also manatees. Since these animals tend not to have a lobby in this country, but need protection just like dolphins, otters, seals and penguins, I looked for an organization that specifically cares for the inhabitants of aquatic habitats in the vicinity of the manatees and found them in YAQU PACHA. In order to make a small contribution to saving the water habitat, I try to actively support the committed and inspiring team as often as I can.

Martina Hofer

Martina Hofer Treasurer YAQU PACHA e.V.

I work as a clerk in an industrial company and came to YAQU PACHA through a friend. I work for YAQU PACHA as treasurer and also support YAQU PACHA at various events. This allows me to make my contribution to environmental and nature conservation. It is important to me that all employees at YAQU PACHA work on a voluntary basis and that almost all income therefore flows directly into the projects .

Henning Plückebaum

Henning Plückebaum, Secretary of YAQU PACHA e.V.

As a volunteer animal keeper at the Bielefeld animal shelter, I support animal welfare on site. At YAQU PACHA I work as a graphic designer. I am fascinated by the strategy of tackling important goals with small steps and realistic solutions. I also appreciate the idea of not only focusing on species protection, but also promoting understanding of the environment through educational activities in order to be able to protect it in the long term. And all this without wagging a finger. I am happy to be able to work as secretary in the YAQU PACHA team.

The entire board and Team Germany work for the society on a voluntary basis. Thus, 100% of all income and donations go directly to our species conservation projects in South America – Latin America.

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YAQU PACHA Team Latin America

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Summary of a successful workshop by Dr. Lorenzo von Fersen

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