Tropical Herping

Tropical Herping

Tropical Herping is an initiative striving to preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, research and education.

Our goal is to create a passion for amphibians and reptiles among the greatest number of people in order to obtain the support needed to address the most urgent conservation challenges faced by this group of animals.

Megan Westervelt Photography

Tropical Herping
Megan Westervelt has worked on projects ranging from exotic animal ownership in Ohio to human interaction with the coastal environment in eastern Scotland. Her most recent project took her to Loja province, Ecuador, where she worked in conjunction with the Tropical Disease Research Program at Ohio University and the Catholic University of Ecuador to document the lives of local women artisans living in a community affected by Chagas disease, about which Megan produced a short documentary film for her Master’s degree project. Megan is now working in Yasuní National Park in Ecuador on a collaborative project with Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador to create a museum exhibition about the biodiversity and traditional cultures of the region.

Daniel Romero-Alvarez

Tropical Herping

Daniel is a researcher, scicomm writer and photographer. After obtaining his M.D. degree in 2012, he have changed the clinical life for an approach based on direct epidemiological research focused on infectious diseases, especially parasites. Currently, he have been working in ecological niche modelling applied to disease mapping in Ecuador and other countries. In addition, as an enthusiast of scientific communication, He workeds to spread the word of science in broader audiences with the help of ‘Quinto Pilar’ and other institutions.

With the conviction that the scientific approach is the most elegant and dynamic tool to assess reality, He will try to share knowledge across different areas to firmly enhance the comprehension of epidemics and the dynamics and ecology of infectious diseases.

Diana Troya – Latente

Tropical Herping

My name is Diana Troya, I am an interdisciplinary professional focused on the margins of natural/social sciences, art, and activisms. In my work I engage with intersectionality, decolonial, and critical feminist studies to address social-environmental struggles, conservation, and climate justice.  I did a bachelor in Biological Sciences, an specialization in Environmental Communication and an M. A. in Visual and Media Anthropology. 

I am interested in creating material and subjective spaces for public participation, thus promote dialogues and actions for an inclusive and integral environmental conservation that include in the equation the diversity of human and non-humans coexisting in the territories. 

I am sure that imagination is important to generate the new narratives needed in order to impact society and trigger actions for change. I consider of great importance to engage critically with the binary division  of nature and culture, and rather thinking in a Naturecultural World.


Tropical Herping

This exhibition is a journey of more than 300 images from 6 different Waorani communities within Yasuní Biosphere Reserve. WAO MIMO represents more than 50 indigenous photographers and 4 professional photographers from the United States, Spain and Ecuador, in a joint effort to tell the story of the Waorani.

The work produced by these indigenous photographers is unprecedented material that portrays their lives from an intimate perspective, their daily way of life in the Amazon jungle. Their current challenges consist of balancing their traditions with the introduction of technology and globalization to their communities: environmental conservation with the use of new hunting and fishing tools; the songs of their grandparents with American top hits; and clothes made of tree bark with cotton imports.

Can you imagine how this process has been captured in images? Through its native and western photojournalists, WAO MIMO has turned this idea into a reality. These Waorani communities have shared their story with you.