Embark on an enchanting world of the Monarch Butterflies through the captivating photography exhibition, “Saving the Monarchs.” This collection delves into the remarkable annual migration of Monarch Butterflies, a breathtaking spectacle that has fascinated scientists and nature enthusiasts alike for over five decades.
The Monarch Butterfly’s journey is a saga of mystery and wonder, including a multi-generational life cycle and incredible navigational skills that continue to baffle researchers. At the heart of this natural marvel lies an intricate dance with milkweed, a common weed species that serves as the Monarch’s vital breeding ground.
Yet, amidst the splendor of their migration, a dark reality looms: the population of Monarchs has dropped drastically by 90% over the past thirty years. Initially attributed to deforestation in Mexico, recent revelations shed light on the equally pressing threats of habitat loss in the United States and Canada, driven by expanding industrial agriculture and urban development.
This precipitous decline not only jeopardizes the Monarchs’ resilience against escalating climate-related challenges but also threatens their crucial role as environmental indicators and pollinators. Any conservation efforts aimed at preserving their habitat will have far-reaching benefits for numerous other species dependent on these delicate ecosystems.

As we navigate the critical moment of 2024, the fate of the Monarchs hangs in the balance. The impending decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife regarding their potential listing under the Endangered Species Act underscores the urgency of our conservation efforts. Yet, this decision carries weighty implications, potentially impacting cherished activities like tagging events and educational initiatives.
Against this backdrop, a groundswell of dedicated individuals, from citizen scientists in Ontario to indigenous communities in Michoacán, unite in a shared mission to reverse the Monarchs’ alarming decline. Their tireless efforts symbolize a collective commitment to safeguarding North America’s iconic symbol and rekindling our connection with the natural world.
Through “Saving the Monarchs,” we invite you to embark on a visual journey that transcends borders and ideologies, offering hope and inspiration in a world too often divided. Together, let us unite under the common goal of preserving the Monarch Butterflies and forging a brighter future for generations to come.



Location: Museum of Natural History | Piazzetta Silvio Gigli, 2 – Siena

Period: September 28th – November 24th
Opening Time:
Friday: 03:00 pm-07:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am-07:00 pm
Holidays: 10:00 am-07:00 pm


Photographer Biography: Jaime Rojo is a Spanish photographer who blends his love for wild nature, his background in conservation, and his storytelling skills to create environmental communication campaigns that inspire and raise awareness among the general public about the importance of nature conservation. He pursued Environmental Sciences in Madrid and began his professional journey in Mexico back in 2004, where he joined as a volunteer in an environmental organization of which he would end up being Executive Director. During this period, Jaime delved into the relationship between conservation, connectivity, and restoration, recognizing their critical role in maintaining the ecological integrity of landscapes. Since then, his primary professional goal has been to use his work to advocate for the creation of new protected areas, biological corridors, and restoration initiatives.
After spending over 15 years abroad, directing numerous environmental communication campaigns, Jaime returned to Spain in 2020 to continue his outreach efforts. Among his recent projects is “Saving the Monarchs,” a photographic narrative highlighting the migration of monarch butterflies, which graced the cover of National Geographic in January 2024 and “Andorra al natural,” a project aimed at showcasing the biodiversity of the small country nestled in the Pyrenees. Jaime frequently collaborates as a photographer, creative director, and communications advisor with environmental organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and corporations worldwide. His expertise has led him to be chosen as a speaker at prestigious TED talks. Jaime holds the title of National Geographic Explorer, Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and serves as an advisor to The WILD Foundation. His remarkable work has been awarded in renowned competitions such as World Press Photo, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Pictures of the Year International.

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