About Us


Sam Shanee
Sam Shanee NPC UK

Before establishing NPC, Sam worked on various wildlife rescue and reintroduction projects in South America, Asia and the Middle East. In 2006 Sam graduated with an MSc in Primate Conservation and in 2013 he earned his PhD in the conservation and ecology of Andean primates, both from Oxford Brookes University, UK. Since 2007 he has been in South America carrying out conservation and research in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. He tries to bridge the gap between academia and activism. Sam lives in the city of Moyobamba but is frequently in the field or on the road between our various projects.

Brooke Aldrich
Brooke Aldrich NPC UK

Brooke Aldrich joined the team in late 2007. Originally trained as an artist, Brooke has been involved with primate welfare and conservation issues since 1999 when she first volunteered at a monkey sanctuary in the UK. She has subsequently worked with, studied, and campaigned on behalf of primates in multiple locations in Europe, North and South America.

Brooke met NPC cofounders Sam and Noga Shanee at Oxford Brookes University while studying for her MSc in Primate Conservation, for which she carried out her dissertation research in Northeastern Peru.  Having since earned a second MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law (University of Edinburgh), Brooke is particularly interested in the interplay between the use of primates as “entertainers”, the legal and illegal trades in primates and conservation efforts in the wild. She currently works for the Animals Asia Foundation and the Asia for Animals Coalition.

Hannah Parathian
Hannah Parathian NPC UK

Hannah joined the NPC team in June 2012. She is a postgraduate research student in the final year of her PhD in environmental anthropology. Her research looks at how local people’s perceptions of wildlife can be incorporated into conservation and land management programmes, promoting a holistic approach to the social and biological sciences. Having lived and worked with the Tikuna Indians Hannah is specifically interested in Amazonian world views and belief systems.

Lizzie Cooke
Lizzie Cooke NPC UK

Lizzie discovered her passion for primates in Sri Lanka on an Earthwatch project researching Toque Macaques and left her corporate job to study for a Masters in Environment, Development and Policy. Lizzie then met Sam and Noga in Thailand at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in 2004 and later helped them to create NPC in 2007, becoming one of the original directors. At that time she was working in Environmental Conservation for the Gaia Foundation in London. After a period of travel she became very ill and this eventually led her to a new career path as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. Although no longer a Director or Trustee she has continued to help out the NPC team from her home in Southern Spain. 

Izzy Hunt
Izzy Hunt NPC UK

Izzy joined NPC in 2014. She has a BSc in Zoology and has been involved in primate charities since 2004, including working at sanctuaries and carrying out research for campaigns against the UK primate pet trade. Izzy works in procurement in the renewable energy industry and acts as NPC UK’s company secretary.

Dr Mika Peck
Dr Mika Peck NPC UK

Mika is a conservation biologist based at the University of Sussex (UK). His research is focused on conservation and sustainable livelihood projects in South America and Papua New Guinea. A major focus of Dr Mika’s work has been the application of the ‘parabiologist’ approach. This approach provides training at the grassroots level to identify development pathways that optimise local sustainable livelihoods and conservation goals (www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/pecklab/).

Katie Chabriere

Kate Chabriere NPC UK

Having qualified as a linguist and translator, Katie lived for some time in Thailand, where she taught languages and volunteered at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. After an internship at Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary, whilst studying a diploma in animal care, she went on to work for the primate welfare team as an Education Officer. Katie has also worked as Education Officer for Moroccan Primate Conservation and the highlight of her time with NPC was visiting Peru to help run an education programme in the Amazon basin. She is currently based in France where she is co-founder and fundraiser of the animal rescue charity, Chapitres.

Rachel Henson

Rachel Henson NPC UK

Whilst studying biology, Rachel spent a year at Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo, where she carried out research in conjunction with the Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project. Since completing a BSc in Biology in 2010, she has worked at a primate rescue centre in the UK, as well as at sanctuaries in Indonesia and Peru. She has completed her MA in Travel and Nature Writing and continues to work with primates rescued from the pet trade and laboratories. Rachel joined the NPC team at the end of 2017 and, amongst other bits and bobs, now helps to keep the website up to date.

Joy Roberts-Chapple
Joy Roberts-Chapple NPC UK

Whilst studying for her BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour, Joy got involved the work of Wild Futures’, The Monkey Sanctuary, a primate sanctuary in UK. It was here she found her passion for primates. After volunteering at The Monkey Sanctuary, Joy went on to study her MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. She studied the personality of white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) in a rescue centre in Thailand for her final thesis. Joy is the founder of the online education platform ‘Primate Wonder’ where she hopes to education and excite people about primates and their conservation and encourage people to take part in conservation where they can.


Alejandro Alarcon Pardo

Alejandro Alarcon Pardo NPC Peru

Alejandro is a Zoologist from San Marcos University, Peru and director of NPC-Peru. Since 2007, when he started his studies, he has travelled to many areas of Peru (Ayacucho, San Martín, Ica, Lambayeque, Amazonas, Cajamarca y Junín) for courses, biological inventories and for work. These experiences allowed him to interact with nature and observe environmental problems first hand.

At the end of 2012 Alejandro joined NPC as a volunteer, taking part in our field activities. The experience he has gained with us allowed him to become much more involved in the conservation of wildlife. Ornithology is his main area of interest and since 2014 he has been studying the Long Whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), a threatened endemic species found in the humid montane forests of Yambrasbamba, Amazonas

Sandra Lucia Almeyda Zambrano

Sandra is a forestry engineer for La Molina University , Peru. She spent most of her childhood climbing trees in the jungle, swimming in the sea and even fighting altitude sickness in the Andes. She always felt, and still maintains, a strong connection with nature which has always pushed her to work in conservation. Since 2010 she has principally been involved in studies of amphibians and mammals and has helped in the creation and management of several protected areas. Most recently she has worked in environmental education in Costa Rica. Sandra first came to NPC in 2011 expecting to volunteer for just 2 months. After finding a strong connection with our vision, mission and work she became a director of NPC-Peru.

Néstor Allgas Marchena

Néstor studied Biology at San Marcos University, Peru. In 2009 he began volunteering with NPC and he continues to work with us today. Nestor has carried out investigations on many primate species, including Peruvian endemics such as the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) and the Andean Night Monkey (Aotus miconax). Néstor is also an accomplished herpetologist, helping in biological inventories for the creation of many protected areas. Nestor also works in environmental education and sustainable development with rural communities. He has represented NPC at scientific and academic events nationally and internationally.

Nestor is currently director of NPC-Peru, our sister NGO, together with other young and enthusiastic professionals. He continues his volunteer work in conservation in one of the most biodiverse and fragile ecosystems in the world.


Catalina Ocampo

Catalina Ocampo NPC Colombia

Soy bióloga de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, llevo 6 años trabajando en pro de la conservación de los primates neotropicales, fui miembro de la junta directiva de la Asociación Primatológica Colombiana (APC) en el año 2014 y actualmente soy miembro activo de la misma. Estoy vinculada desde el 2015 a la ong Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) en su sede de Perú, trabajando en varios frentes para evitar el tráfico de fauna silvestre y a favor de la investigación y conservación de los primates presentes en la amazonía peruana. Hago parte del consejo directivo de la recién creada NPC Colombia.

I am a biologist at the National University of Colombia, I have been working for the conservation of Neotropical primates for 6 years. I was a member of the board of directors of the Asociación Primatológica Colombiana (APC) in 2014 and I am currently an active member of the same. I have been in Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) since 2015 in its headquarters in Peru, working on several fronts to prevent the trafficking of wildlife and the research and conservation of primates present in the Peruvian Amazon. I am part of the board of directors of the newly created NPC Colombia.

Juan Millan

Juan Millan NPC Colombia

Juan es biólogo de la Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) con una maestría de la Universidad de Cape Town en biología de la conservación. Tiene un importante interés en la distribución de la biodiversidad y los usos sostenibles de la misma. Desde sus estudios de pregrado ha tenido un gran interés en los primates, principalmente monos lanudos (Lagothrix lagotricha) donde trabajo en estudios de comportamiento y en su conservación. Ha trabajado en la amazonia y orinoquia colombiana en diferentes proyectos de conservación y actualmente además de su trabajo con NPC – Colombia se encuentra trabajando en proyectos para  apoyar iniciativas de compensación y restauración de bosques que tienen un fuerte componente de fauna.

Juan has a biology degree from Los Andes University (Colombia) and a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Cape Town. He’s held a great interest in the distribution of biodiversity and its sustainable use. From his undergraduate studies he’s also had a great interest in primates, mostly in Woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha) on which he has studied behaviour and also worked on their conservation. He has worked in different conservation projects in the Colombian Amazon and Orinoco basins and currently, adding to his work for NPC – Colombia, he is working on projects that support forestry compensations and forest restoration with an important wildlife component and input.

Alma Hernández Jaramillo

Alma Hernández Jaramillo NPC Colombia

Alma Hernández Jaramillo es una Ingeniera forestal con maestría en Biodiversidad y Conservación en Áreas Tropicales, con investigaciones en dispersión de semillas y comportamiento alimentario de primates en Colombia, Ecuador y Perú; investigadora del Instituto Humboldt hasta agosto de 2018, coordiné el proyecto “Caracterización y monitoreo del estado de la biodiversidad del bosque seco en Colombia”. En la actualidad soy estudiante de doctorado, mi tesis esta orientada a generar insumos para el plan nacional de conservación del mono araña negro (Ateles fusciceps) en Colombia. Mi interés principal es contribuir a la conservación de los primates, a través de conocer y entender la forma como se relacionan con su hábitat, generar estrategias que incidan en la conservación y que permitan participar en tomas de decisiones, fomentar procesos de educación ambiental y actividades de restauración que recuperen la conectividad del paisaje.

Alma Hernández Jaramillo is a forestry engineer with a Masters degree in biodiversity and conservation in tropical areas, with research into seed dispersal and dietary behavior of primates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

As a researcher at the Humboldt Institute until August 2018, Alma coordinated the project “characterization and monitoring of the state of biodiversity of the dry forests in Colombia “. Currently a PhD student, Alma’s thesis is aimed at generating inputs for the national conservation plan of the Black Spider Monkey (Ateles monkey) in Colombia.

Alma’s main interest is contributing to primate conservation, through knowing and understanding the way they relate to their habitat, generating strategies that influence conservation and allowing them to participate in decision making. She is interested in Environmental education and restoration activities which promote landscape connectivity.

Catalina Orrego

Catalina Orrego NPC Colombia

Bióloga con énfasis en conservación, egresada en el año 2015 de la Universidad de Santa Rosa de Cabal en Colombia. Nacida en el Eje Cafetero colombiano, creció entre el pueblo santarrosano y el campo rodeada de la cultura cafetera. Movida por la curiosidad y admiración que tiene por todas las formas de vida, decidió estudiar biología, durante su pregrado se inclinó siempre por la conservación de la biodiversidad y el trabajo con primates. Ha trabajado con especies de primates de estado critico de conservación, como Lagothrix flavicaudaAteles hybridus, Ateles fusciceps y Lagothrix lagothricha, fue tesista de WCS Colombia en el 2014 y voluntaria de NPC Perú en el año 2015, actualmente es miembro de NPC Colombia, investigadora y profesora universitaria de la UNISARC. 

Catalina is a biologist with a keen focus on conservation who graduated in 2015 from the University of Santa Rosa de Cabal in Colombia. Born in the Colombian coffee sector, she grew up between the Santarrosano people and the countryside.

Moved by the curiosity and admiration she has for all forms of life, she decided to study biology. During her undergraduate studies she was interested in biodiversity conservation and working with primates. She has worked with critically endangered primates, such as Lagothrix flavicauda, Ateles hybridus, Ateles fusciceps and Lagothrix lagothricha.

Catalina was trustee of WCS Colombia in 2014, volunteer for NPC Peru in 2015. She is currently a member of NPC Colombia, a researcher and university professor of the UNISARC.