Diversity is not only found in the rainforests and
coral reefs of Panama, but also in its people. Christian Gernez was born in
the town of Chitre in central Panama, to a Panamanian mother and a French
father, and is a perfect example of the cultural mix that has characterized
Panama over the past 500 years. With a childhood spent largely outdoors in
the country side, he developed a passion for nature. Over the years he has
participated in several wildlife conservation projects and held a variety of
interesting jobs, including that of a professional scuba diver where he
monitored the migration of Hammerhead sharks in Caribbean waters.
Christian is passionate about the relationships between creatures within an ecosystem and understands that connecting people with our environment is integral to conservation. A bird is not just a bird, but a complex creature with a special connection to its environment. Today, Christian can be found in a mangrove, snorkeling a coral reef, or exploring a forest ecosystem and sharing unique life changing experiences with those he encounters.