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This is Jimmy

Jimmy is a Conservationist fighting to save forgotten and inconspicuous species from extinction.

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Jimmy will be able to expand his work to include even more overlooked species, ultimately saving as many as possible from extinction.

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Why care

The world’s biodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate. We are at risk of losing three-quarters of all species in the coming centuries. The species most at risk are not the flagship species but the inconspicuous species the “brownies and uglies” which Jimmy calls them. 

Jimmy Helgesson Rescuing **insects, amphibians and reptiles**

Their work

Jimmy is a Conservation Biologist and Keeper working at Nordens Ark. 

  • Jimmy and Nordens Ark strive to strengthen populations of at-risk species by controlled breeding, by releasing individuals into the wild, and by improving the habitats in which they live.

  • Jimmy is currently breeding two species of beetles, two species of butterflies and the green toad while also working with the Costa Rican Lemur Leaf Frog and the Roti Island snake-necked turtle.

  • Collects data on species in their natural habitat to streamline conservation efforts. 


  • Nordens Ark has over the past 30 years released hundreds of mammals and birds born at Nordens Ark into the wild, among them species like white storks, lesser white fronted geese, white-backed woodpeckers, European wildcats, European lynx and European otters.

  • Raised the population of the almost extinct Swedish Peregrine Falcon to over 200 breeding pairs.

  • Founded the Pallas’s cat International Conservation Alliance, the first global conservation project for the Pallas’s cat and developed the first Pallas’s cat conservation strategy together with the IUCN Cats Specialist Group and the Pallas’s cat Working Group.

  • Reintroduced over 10,000 amphibians and insects into the wild.

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SDG 15 Life on Land

The mission

Jimmy is on a mission to save the endangered species which no one else is paying attention to.

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