By Beth Doane, Features Editor
A shaman once told Zoe Tryon that her life purpose was to walk between two worlds. Enthralled, she followed her calling and for the past decades has inspired thousands across the globe with her grace, courage and fortitude, as she fastidiously works to protect the Amazon and its indigenous people.
The daughter of British aristocracy, Lord and Lady Tryon, she was raised in a sprawling estate in the British countryside learning the proper English, blue blood protocol of royalty, celebrity and global travel. In her heart, however, Tryon yearned for a deeper adventure, fascinated by anthropology and culture. Earning her BA in Anthropology at the University of Sydney, Australia, she embarked on a life change in 2006, when she was introduced to the President of the Achuar indigenous people.
The Achuar are a remote community who live deep in the Amazon, and Tryon was immediately captivated by their way of life and the imminent threat of multi-national oil companies drilling and polluting their land. Booking a one-way ticket to the Ecuadorean Amazon, she lived with the Achuar and taught English to the tribe leaders. In her journey she encountered malaria, ominous threats from oil companies and a close encounter with a crocodile, but Tryon remains unstoppable and continues to live and work in the Ecuadorean Amazon, pursuing her passion to protect it. She is now known as an expert on indigenous culture, leading guided trips to remote areas of the Amazon for filmmakers, activists and numerous celebrities, as she inspires and educates with her passion for saving this vital organ in Earth’s eco-system.
Tryon currently serves as an Ambassador for Amazon Watch, a nonprofit working to protect the rainforest and advance indigenous rights in the Amazon Basin. She is also a spokesperson and Champion for ClearWater, an online platform that allows users to start their own fundraising campaign to provide clean water to communities in the Amazon.
A true warrior woman, Tryon has walked 1097 km alone through Spain, raising money for the people of the Amazon. As an artist, her paintings and photography are featured in exhibitions worldwide, and she is currently in development of a TV show with BBC Earth iabout her work and life’s journey, as she continues to explore her role as a global ambassador for the Amazon.