Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil

Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founding father of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature and national parks.,


Having started his career in 1969 as a project officer of the IYF (now YEE), he dedicated his life to the conservation of nature and is among the world's most senior conservation ecologists. Besides English, Daan speaks, Dutch, Afrikaans, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese; he has traveled to 80+ countries, many in the context of his work in service of conservation. His slogan: CONSERVATIONISTS NEVER GIVE UP!


A practical planner and problem solver, with a PhD from Wageningen University, his career of half a century  includes workin for the FAO of the United Nattions, The Dutch equivalent of the USA Corps of Engineers, Rijkswaterstaat, Haskoning, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), The World Bank, the German Development Organization (GIZ) and a variety of other prestigious international institutions. Read about his holistic conservation approach.


parks tours. Little known to Ecuadorians, he was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, now 59. Yasun? and Cuyabeno were his prime selections for the Amazon Region of Ecudor, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge, owned by Randy Borman MSc and his son Felipe.


Having started ecotourism in 1985 with the Cuyabeno Lodge, he has been the pioneer of ecotourism in ecuador, long before other tour operators became involved, and he has single-handedly, initiated ecotourism in the northern part of Cuyabeno.


As a national parks conservation expert, Daan has been extremely worried about national parks being underutilized, and thereby lack political interest, which often results in an area being invaded and destroyed. He decided to dedicate the last years of his professional life to the development of national parks tours. After all, with his knowledge of national parks, his broad travel experience and his 30+ year of experience in the ecotourism business, who has more experience in developing great tours to national parks? Read more about his national parks tours: