The Ark of Life Team

Stewart McPherson founded Ark of Life in late 2010, but formally launched the organisation on March 1st, 2011.

The first ark is the Rare Nepenthes Collection, which was inaugurated on 7th August, 2010 at the Leiden Botanic garden in partnership with the Hortus botanicus Leiden (represented by Paul Kessler) and the International Carnivorous Plant Society (represented by Marcel van den Broek). 

The initial set up costs for establishing Ark of Life and setting up the Rare Nepenthes Collection were provided by the International Carnivorous Plant Society and Redfern Natural History Productions Ltd. Rare Nepenthes plants were generously donated by The Nepenthes Nursery (Andreas Wistuba) and Borneo Exotics (Robert Cantley), as well as private individuals interested in the conservation of carnivorous plants. 

We need your help to expand the Ark of Life model to save other carnivorous plant groups, and further plant and animal species!

If you would like to help this important conservation initiative, please contact Ark of Life through the contact form of this website. 


Paul Kessler (left), Stewart McPherson (centre) and Marcel van den Broek (right) formalize the founding of the Rare Nepenthes Collection on 7th August, 2010.


Paul Kessler (left) and Stewart McPherson (right) sign in Leiden Botanic Gardens as the permanent host of the Rare Nepenthes Collection, (7th August, 2010).


Marcel van den Broek, representing the International Carnivorous Plant Society offers the formal endorsement of the Rare Nepenthes Collection on behalf of the society, (7th August, 2010).


Above and below, the Rare Nepenthes Collection, the first ark of life, is formally borne, (7th August, 2010).