Paula Gonzalez Ciccia (Argentina, 33 years old) is living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2008 she was selected to attend the Jane Goodall’s Global Youth Summit in representation of Argentina. A year later, Bioparque Temaikèn assigned her to manage the Maned Wolf Conservation Project in Cordoba. In 2010 she was selected as national coordinator of the Roots & Shoots program of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Argentina and became head of the JGI the following year. Since 2012 Paula managed Temaiken`s Endangered Species Conservation Program and in October 2016 she started working in the National wildlife and biodiversity conservation agency of the Environmental Ministry.
The fascinating Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) has started to influence the course of her life. Paula gets involved in a cooperative, multidisciplinary effort to protect and preserve their natural habitat in Argentina. Rescue, rehabilitation, reintroduction and field monitoring have been key components of her work. The Maned Wolf was thought to be extinct some decades ago, but since its rediscovery it is estimated that no more than two thousand species are left and is classified as Critically Endangered in Argentina.
Winning the Future For Nature Award would mean a huge leap forward to the protection of the Maned Wolf. The species should be respected and appreciated as an emblem of its territory by present and future communities. Paula aims to contribute to its conservation by treating injured animals in Rescue and Rehabilitation Centers and decreasing the damaging effects of human activities through community engagement.