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Lucas Bustamante

Lucas Bustamante has been bitten by countless snakes, dived with whale sharks, lived with Amazonian indigenous tribes and chased by elephants. Since he was a child, he grew up around the Ecuadorian outdoors and later became a passionate biologist and a conservation photojournalist.

Lucas is the photographic director of Tropical Herping, an institution he co-founded in 2009 to help preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, education, and research. Thanks to this, Lucas manages research and photography projects in different countries through South America, Africa, and Asia. Lucas' primary objective is to use photography as a tool to promote wildlife conservation. He is an author of some books, like “Reptiles of the Galapagos” and has described 6 new species to science, including two gecko species for the archipelago. His photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, WWF, Conservation International, and many other magazines, books, photo exhibitions and articles. Lucas is a Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice prizewinner, and his images are represented by Nature Picture Library.

When taking a break from work, Lucas spends the time diving and playing soccer with his friends.

My upcoming expeditions

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Sep 23 2022
  • Sep 30 2022
  • Dec 9 2022