Conserving biodiversity in Latin America through education and collaboration.
Communities and wildlife living in balance.
Intertwined Conservation Corporation (ICC) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, not for profit, organized for the protection and preservation of endangered species, educating the public about the dangers of species loss, and to encourage local economic development as a means of deterring poaching. ICC was founded on July 11th, 2013. Founder and Director Jenna Duarte began working in the zoological industry in 2002, where she was connected with local conservation organizations in California. Driven to do more, Jenna started seeking out other conservation opportunities outside the country. After working with rehabilitation and release projects in Costa Rica and Peru, she found that these incredible organizations were seriously in need of more volunteer and financial support. It was then that the idea for Intertwined Conservation first blossomed.
Intertwined Conservation began as a connecting base for nature – its beauty, mysteries, and inhabitants – and people who have grown increasingly distant from their origins. We crave to observe first-hand trees taller than skyscrapers, waterfalls in hidden canyons, troops of monkeys in their natural habitats, and other natural wonders that are rapidly changing and disappearing. Where we find these treasures, we also find local efforts in need of support and greater awareness to preserve and protect them.
On our quest to preserve biodiversity, we start by working closely with conservation organizations for the preservation and protection of endangered and threatened habitat and species in Costa Rica. Using the scarlet macaw as our flagship species, we are educating communities in Costa Rica about the importance of protecting wildlife and working with them to monitor a reintroduced population of these birds.
We begin our work in Central America, and will expand our efforts with every opportunity that is presented. There is work to be done on every continent, and we seek to make a difference wherever possible.
Jenna Duarte is the Founder and Executive Director of Intertwined Conservation Corporation as well as an Animal Care professional. Born and raised in Ventura County, Jenna began her career volunteering at the Santa Barbara Zoo while earning her BA in Sociology and minor in Education and applied Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara. She quickly climbed the ranks but felt a longing itch to do more for wildlife preservation. Jenna made a vow to become a trailblazer in the world of conservation traveling the globe to insure the safety and survival of many of earth’s endangered species. From the California condor and channel island fox, to the humboldt penguin and great green and scarlet macaw of Central America, Jenna has made it her passion to help give a voice to the voiceless. As the administrator of the successful Intertwined non-profit organization, Jenna assists in educating the public about the dangers of species loss in order to create a greater awareness of the pitfalls that currently face our world’s wildlife. An avid animal lover, Jenna is the proud companion of a Siberian husky, an African Grey parrot, and many other rescued winged-friends.
Koby Wendt started his Zoo career when he was 19 years old as an Apprentice Elephant Trainer at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, California. He worked with the elephants there while helping raise some tiger cubs for the facility as well. After two short years, Koby moved down to San Diego to further his career in the animal care field. Koby has grown within the organization and now holds an Animal Trainer Lead position. After the working hours Koby works with his husband Marco taking care of their managerie of rescue animals. One of those rescues being a Scarlet Macaw. Having her reminds him daily of how Scarlet Macaws and many other animals in the world need our help so that we may see them for generations to come. This is why Koby says he’s a proud part of Intertwined!
This local San Diegan has been part of the zoological industry for over sixteen years. Began under the guidance of Berwick Productions, working at Lorikeet Landing Exhibit and Bird Show at the local zoo. After a rewarding twelve years, he moved on to join the Behavior Team, participating in the brand new Frequent Flyers Bird Show. He was then fortunate enough to shift focus into breeding and conservation efforts as a Bird Keeper. Beak Geek, Bird Nerd, Avian Avenger and ready to be part of the Intertwined Team!
Donald is a retired business owner with a passion for wildlife and their preservation. Donald has served on a number of non-profit boards and brings that knowledge to ICC. Sharing his love for this planet’s animals through photography, volunteerism, and support of those who care about the future of wildlife.
Rachel grew up in the Reno/Tahoe area where she discovered her passion for wildlife through hiking, camping, and outdoor sports. After graduating with a Marketing degree, she moved to San Diego where her love of nature drew her to work for two wildlife conservation organizations. Rachel was the Marketing and Communications Manager at Living Coast Discovery Center for 2 years before moving on to her current position as Social Media Specialist for a Zoological facility. She believes the key to conservation success is education and raising awareness of the plight many plants and animals face. In her free time, Rachel loves to travel and has a special place in her heart for Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity and “pura vida” lifestyle.