Laura Coleman


Isle of Eigg, Scotland


Laura Coleman is the founder of Brighton-based organization ONCA. She currently lives on the Isle of Eigg in Scotland. “The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle” is her first book.


In 2007, Coleman went to Bolivia and joined the NGO, Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), which manages three wildlife sanctuaries and gives homes to animals rescued from illegal wildlife trafficking. It was this work, the communities, and the stories that she found there, that, in 2012, inspired her to start the Brighton-based charity ONCA. Panthera onca means jaguar. Bridging social and environmental justice issues with creativity, ONCA promotes positive change by facilitating inclusive spaces for creative learning, artist support, story-sharing and community solidarity.

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