Jim Lovisek, co-founder/operator
Jim was fascinated with animals and nature from a very early age. After university, he travelled to the Amazon jungle in Leticia, Colombia, first working with the endangered Amazonian manatee. Later, he conducted his own research on the population biology and ecology of a crocodilian in a remote part of the lowlands of Bolivia. Upon returning from the Amazon, he worked at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. During his 5 years at the ROM he was involved in many research projects, including a Mayan archaeological dig in Belize in Central America called Lamanai.
Educating the public has also been a high priority for Jim. For 16 years he co-directed the Toronto Nature Centre summer children’s camp, as well as presenting hands-on wildlife programs to thousands of children and adults across Canada.
For over 30 years Jim has also worked as a professional animal wrangler for the film industry training and supplying a wide range of creatures from spiders and snakes to hawks macaws and reindeer. Jim’s work can be seen in major Hollywood films and Imax productions.
Jim enjoys nothing better than spending days in the field searching for fossils and minerals.
Peter Lovisek, co-founder/operator
Like his father, Jim, Peter has had a lifelong passion for science and nature. At the University of Toronto, he studied anthropology and psychology (from a biological perspective), and he took several courses in the life and earth sciences.
He continues to be captivated by these fields and is committed to educating people about paleobiology and geology. Recently, he developed presentations and hands-on workshops for elementary schoolchildren on fossils and human evolution. He is also a member of the Royal Ontario Museum's Young Patrons' Circle - a great philanthropic organization that supports the ROM's exhibitions and educational initiatives.
Peter hopes to share his wonderment and appreciation for natural history with as many people as possible. Co-founding Fossil Realm has given him the chance to provide awe inspiring specimens - many of which are museum grade - to the general public.