The Doris Wilderness

About us

A wilderness preserve in central Belize

Established to preserve a portion of old-growth tropical forest and the fauna within

Photographs by Dan & Ellen Plunkett, Ryan Plunkett, & Denfield Welcome

Ellen Plunkett, President of The Doris Wilderness, and 
Dan Plunkett, Chariman of the Board, co-founded The Doris Wilderness and support its preservation.

Denfileld Welcome is Co-Founder of The Doris Wilderness, and is Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of The Doris Wilderness.

Edgar Aguilar is the lead ranger and works to protect The Doris Wilderness.

The Doris Wilderness is named after Doris Hemsley, the mother of Denfield Welcome, the Vice President of the preserve. Doris is the proud matriarch of a family of Belizean sons and daughters.


The Doris Wilderness Foundation, LLC is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, and a registered non-profit organization in Belize. The Doris Wilderness preserves a large portion of old-growth tropical rainforest.