Ruben Khachatryan


Conservationist, wildlife film maker

Working with rural community, students and policy makers to build respectful relationships between people, nature and cultural heritage while creating economic opportunities for villagers through building a fair and sustainable niches in Armenia.


Ruben Khachatryan studied at the Theological Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He studied Fine Arts and Film Directing, Global Environmental Management and Policy in Armenia, Georgia, Germany and Switzerland.

He attended many seminars and courses on nature protection and environmental conservation, such as “International Seminar on Protected Area Management, Montana University, US”, “Seminar on Nature Conservation in the Countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia / Vilm Island, Germany” and so on.

In 2007 he established the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). He directed many cultural and environmental projects, such as the SunChild International Environmental Festival, SOS Culture, Pan Armenian Environmental Painting Contest, etc.

One of his most important inputs in Conservation effort is the establishments of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) on Y2010, as a Privately Protected Area (PPA) with a surface of 75,000 acres, in Ararat and Vayots Dzor regions of Armenia. CWR serves not only as a buffer zone surrounding the Khosrov State Natural Reserve, but offers wildlife migration corridors, too.

Along with that he established one of the first Wildlife Rescue Center in Armenia and Vulture Breeding Aviary in Y2016.

From 2011 to 2020 he was the director of Yerevan Zoo. During his service years there, the Yerevan Zoo was transformed to match the EAZA Standards.

Ruben’s films were awarded many prizes in Armenia, the Netherlands, USA, France, Germany, Russia, Poland, etc.

Ruben was granted Armenia’s Presidential Award on Y2011, the Golden Medal of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection on Y2015.

On Y2018 he was awarded the Frankfurt Conservation Prize.