JAROSLAV NACE EN ESLOVENIA EN 1970.
A MUY TEMPRANA EDAD SE MUDA JUNTO A SU FAMILIA A LAS AFUERAS DE BELGRADO, SERBIA.
A PRINCIPIOS DE LA DÉCADA DE LOS 90, LA GUERRA DE SEPARACIÓN DE YUGOSLAVIA ESTALLA, Y ES LLAMADO A LUCHAR DURANTE 7 AÑOS EN EL FRENTE DEL EJÉRCITO SERBIO.
DURANTE ESE PERIODO SE PROMETE A SI MISMO QUE SI SOBREVIVE A LAS ATROCIDADES DE LA GUERRA, SE IRÍA A VIVIR A UNA ISLA PARADISÍACA.
EN 1998 CUMPLIENDO CON SU PROMESA SE EMBARCA HACIA BRASIL.
LUEGO DE RECORRER EL PAÍS, ENCUENTRA EN LA ISLA “ILHABELA”, EN EL ESTADO DE SAO PAULO EL LUGAR DONDE CONSTRUIRÍA SU NUEVO HOGAR.
EN LA COMUNIDAD TRADICIONAL PESCADORA DE BONETE, CON ALREDEDOR DE 300 HABITANTES, JAROSLAV COMPRA UN TERRENO Y CONSTRUYE SU CASA, QUE BAUTIZA “ORICONGO”. ÉSTA QUEDA A UNOS 45 MINUTOS A PIE SELVA ADENTRO, EN EL MEDIO DE LA NATURALEZA. NO CUENTA CON ENERGÍA ELÉCTRICA Y EL AGUA LA DEBE EXTRAER DEL RIO QUE PASA A UNOS METROS.
HOY EN DÍA, UTILIZA TODO SU ENTRENAMIENTO MILITAR PARA RECORRER LA SELVA, Y ASÍ CONOCER CADA RINCÓN DE ELLA. ESTO LE PERMITE TRABAJAR JUNTO A CIENTÍFICOS BRASILEÑOS E INTERNACIONALES COMO GUÍA EN SUS INVESTIGACIONES.
JAROSLAV RECOLECTA DESDE LO MAS PROFUNDO DE LA MATA ATLÁNTICA, ESPECÍMENES DE PLANTAS QUE EL HUMANO HA DESFORESTADO EN LA ZONA COSTERA, PARA LUEGO REPLANTARLOS ALLÍ.
JAROSLAV NUNCA MÁS HA REGRESADO A SERBIA. SEGÚN EL, HA ENCONTRADO LA PAZ EN LA MATA ATLÁNTICA.
[ Jaroslav was born in Slovenia in 1970 and a few years later he moved with his family to the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia.
In the early 90s, with the beginning of the Yugoslavian war, he is listed in the military service and is call to fight for 7 years in the front of the Serbian Army.
During that period he promised himself that, in case he survives the atrocities of war, he would move to a paradise island in Brazil.
In 1998, fullfilling his promise, he takes a ship to Brazil and travelled across the country, finding his new home in “Ilhabela”, an island in the state of Sao Paulo.
In the traditional fishing community of “Bonete”, with a population of 300 people, Jaroslav bought a piece of land and built his house. He named it “Oricongo”
His house is about 40 minutes walk into the jungle, in the middle of nature. It has no electricity and he has to take water from a river that is located a few meters from the house.
Nowadays, making use of his military training, he explores the jungle and gets to know every corner of it. This also allows him to work as a guide, with Brazilian and international scientists, during their investigations.
Jaroslav collects plant specimens from the deep Atlantic forest, in order to replant them in the coastal zone, which has been deforested by men.
His love for birds has made him a great ornithologist, discovering species thought to be extinct in that area of Brazil.
Jaroslav has never returned to Serbia. According to him, he has found peace in the Atlantic forest. ]