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It is difficult to describe Patricio Robles Gil in a single word. Perhaps to say he is an artist would be the most apt. However, in all his undertakings-as painter, sculptor, photographer, editor, designer, naturalist, conservationist, and promoter-the leitmotif is always one and the same: passion. Patricio is, above all, passionate about life; about that sensation of freedom he feels when he ventures into the world of nature to take photographs. A tireless hunter of images, he is capable of climbing a steep mountain path for eight hours to photograph a bighorn sheep's silhouette in the light of dawn, and later feels compelled to relate this aesthetic and sensory experience to others. In photographing nature Patricio has discovered the perfect tool to communicate and move people. Camera in hand, he has traveled every continent in the planet in search of places, increasingly harder to find, where nature has not lost its original essence.


But it was many years ago, high up on the Serranías del Burro in Coahuila, that he heard the call of the natural world and decided to become a conservationist. The job of putting ideas into action led him to establish Agrupación Sierra Madre and Unidos para la Conservación, two organizations that work to guarantee the permanence of Mexico's biological wealth and promote a conservation culture among the population.

Some of Patricio's ideas put into action amount to a new concept he himself has called "conservation marketing". They include more than twenty art books featuring international conservation strategies; a vast collection of photographs on nature around the world, especially in Mexico; exhibitions, presentations, and photographic contests; all kinds of propaganda like calendars, postcards, leaflets, children's books, posters, postage stamps, lithographs; articles in numerous publications at home and abroad; media campaigns and documentaries; alliances with different sectors of society that include government, conservationist organizations, scientific, educational and cultural institutions, indigenous groups and rural communities, and private enterprise; fundraising; projects for the conservation and recovery of biodiversity in Mexico, such as the reintroduction of the pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep in Coahuila; a survey of the jaguar in the Mayan jungle; and the promotion of "El Carmen-Big Bend Conservation Corridor Initiative".

In 2006, Patricio was honored with the prestigious ^Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year^ Award by the North American Nature Photography Association, a title he shares with other outstanding photographers, like Robert Glen Ketchum, Art Wolfe, and Frans Lanting, but beyond his undisputed talents as one of the world's best nature photographers, is his willingness to step from behind the tripod to become one of Mexico's and the world's most influential conservation leaders.
Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) and Brittlebush (Encelia californica), Sonoran Desert, El Pinacate/Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590327 Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) and Brittlebush (Encelia californica), Sonoran Desert, El Pinacate/Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) huge flock flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan-Campeche, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590353 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) huge flock flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan-Campeche, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Coastal waterfall, Mkambati Nature Reserve, South Africa  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590390 Coastal waterfall, Mkambati Nature Reserve, South Africa© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Tree Fern (Dicksonia sp) growth along a stream in the rainforest, New Zealand  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590402 Tree Fern (Dicksonia sp) growth along a stream in the rainforest, New Zealand© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Afghan Urial (Ovis orientalis cycloceros) ram calling, Nuratav Range, Uzbekistan  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590450 Afghan Urial (Ovis orientalis cycloceros) ram calling, Nuratav Range, Uzbekistan© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Berenty Reserve, Madagascar  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590471 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Berenty Reserve, Madagascar© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Parson's Chameleon (Calumma parsonii) portrait, Madagascar  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590503 Parson's Chameleon (Calumma parsonii) portrait, Madagascar© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Madagascar Moon Moth (Argema mittrei) newly emerged male hangs onto cocoon, allowing wings to dry, Madagascar  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590527 Madagascar Moon Moth (Argema mittrei) newly emerged male hangs onto cocoon, allowing wings to dry, Madagascar© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Yucca (Yucca sp), Santa Clara Mountains, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590289 Yucca (Yucca sp), Santa Clara Mountains, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram portrait, North America  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590576 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram portrait, North America© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) huge flock flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan-Campeche, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590356 Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) huge flock flying, Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan-Campeche, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) bull on autumn tundra with branch caught in antlers, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590577 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) bull on autumn tundra with branch caught in antlers, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) two males displaying, Serranias del Burro, Coahuila state, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590628 Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) two males displaying, Serranias del Burro, Coahuila state, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) and Agave, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590655 Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) and Agave, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus in bloom, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590669 Opuntia (Opuntia sp) cactus in bloom, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe and fawn amid Yucca, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590673 Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe and fawn amid Yucca, Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Aboriginal man wearing tribal headdress made with feathers from Bird-of-Paradise, Parrots and Lorikeets, Papua New Guinea  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590110 Aboriginal man wearing tribal headdress made with feathers from Bird-of-Paradise, Parrots and Lorikeets, Papua New Guinea© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) aerial view of mother and calf swimming near the surface in the Gulf of California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590252 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) aerial view of mother and calf swimming near the surface in the Gulf of California, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
River flowing through desert cliffs, Sierra del Carmen region, Coahuila, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590681 River flowing through desert cliffs, Sierra del Carmen region, Coahuila, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) perched on rocks and cactus on San Pedro Martir Island, Gulf of California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590206 Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) perched on rocks and cactus on San Pedro Martir Island, Gulf of California, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Volcan de las Virgenes and Volcan Del Azufre, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590283 Volcan de las Virgenes and Volcan Del Azufre, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) dragging seal prey onto ice with gull standing nearby waiting for left-overs, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590010 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) dragging seal prey onto ice with gull standing nearby waiting for left-overs, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) male walking towards camera, Ranthambore National Park, India  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590053 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) male walking towards camera, Ranthambore National Park, India© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Woman harvesting tea leaves in plantation, Munnar, India  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590067 Woman harvesting tea leaves in plantation, Munnar, India© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Aerial view of Aldama sinkholes or cenotes, vertical caves filled with mineralized fresh water, Tamaulipas, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590091 Aerial view of Aldama sinkholes or cenotes, vertical caves filled with mineralized fresh water, Tamaulipas, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Aerial view of Tamul Waterfall (330 feet high) where Rio Gallinas cascades into the Rio Santa Maria river in the Huasteca Potosina region, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590095 Aerial view of Tamul Waterfall (330 feet high) where Rio Gallinas cascades into the Rio Santa Maria river in the Huasteca Potosina region, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Aboriginal man wearing tribal headdress with feathers from King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti), Papua New Guinea  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590111 Aboriginal man wearing tribal headdress with feathers from King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti), Papua New Guinea© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) portrait, Alaska  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590583 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) portrait, Alaska© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus) male portrait, endemic species, Papua New Guinea  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590118 Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus) male portrait, endemic species, Papua New Guinea© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) flock in coastal lagoon, northern Laguna Madre, Tamaulipas, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590134 American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) flock in coastal lagoon, northern Laguna Madre, Tamaulipas, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Semi-aquatic communities of Water Lilies in a wetland near the Tamesi River, south Tamaulipas, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590163 Semi-aquatic communities of Water Lilies in a wetland near the Tamesi River, south Tamaulipas, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) portrait, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590389 Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) portrait, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Sea Star on rocky beach, Baja California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590202 Sea Star on rocky beach, Baja California, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) portrait of a calf, Northwest Territories, Canada  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590243 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) portrait of a calf, Northwest Territories, Canada© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Moose (Alces alces) bull grazing in an alpine lake, northern Canadian Rockies, Canada  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590245 Moose (Alces alces) bull grazing in an alpine lake, northern Canadian Rockies, Canada© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Coastal Agave (Agave shawii) blooming, Cedros Island, Pacific coast, Baja California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590280 Coastal Agave (Agave shawii) blooming, Cedros Island, Pacific coast, Baja California, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi) flock roosting, Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, Nuevo Leon, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590333 Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi) flock roosting, Cumbres de Monterrey National Park, Nuevo Leon, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii) adult perched atop a blooming cactus, El Pinacate/Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590323 Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii) adult perched atop a blooming cactus, El Pinacate/Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Sand dunes, El Gran Desierto de Altar, El Pinacate, Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590329 Sand dunes, El Gran Desierto de Altar, El Pinacate, Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Sonora, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, mass flying in wintering grounds, Monarch butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Michoacan, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590336 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly, mass flying in wintering grounds, Monarch butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Michoacan, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Aerial view of Tamul Waterfall (330 feet high) where Rio Gallinas cascades into the Rio Santa Maria river in the Huasteca Potosina region, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590096 Aerial view of Tamul Waterfall (330 feet high) where Rio Gallinas cascades into the Rio Santa Maria river in the Huasteca Potosina region, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Local man with a chain saw cutting down rainforest trees for lumber, northern Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590374 Local man with a chain saw cutting down rainforest trees for lumber, northern Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Zanzibar Red Colobus (Procolobus kirkii) pair grooming, Jozani Forest, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590380 Zanzibar Red Colobus (Procolobus kirkii) pair grooming, Jozani Forest, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) perching in snag near Corona River at sunrise in Tamaulipas, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590139 Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) perching in snag near Corona River at sunrise in Tamaulipas, Mexico© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Water Lily (Nymphaea x hyridus) blossoms and lily pads, Papua New Guinea  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590393 Water Lily (Nymphaea x hyridus) blossoms and lily pads, Papua New Guinea© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) portrait, Etosha National Park, Namibia  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590435 Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) portrait, Etosha National Park, Namibia© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Fiji Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) beside Heliconia, endemic to Fiji and Tonga  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590452 Fiji Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) beside Heliconia, endemic to Fiji and Tonga© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Parson's Chameleon (Calumma parsonii) portrait, Madagascar  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590524 Parson's Chameleon (Calumma parsonii) portrait, Madagascar© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Boreal forest surrounding Whitefish Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590234 Boreal forest surrounding Whitefish Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) male portrait, Canada  -  Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madr
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00590574 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) male portrait, Canada© Patricio Robles Gil/ Sierra Madre
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