Rusty Johnson and his wife Fabiola own the Jungle Medicine House. Fabiola is a 3rd generation Peruvian Amazon shaman “Curandera”. Born a healer she has used her gifts, knowledge, and Amazon medicine to heal her jungle community since the age of 13. As a professionally trained Chef and shaman, Fabiola incorporates her knowledge of diet and nutrition into her healing programs. When she is not providing her Amazon Detox healing programs in the jungle she provides ceremonies near their U.S. home in upstate New York.
Rusty Johnson has been an Amazon jungle guide for over 20 years. He was the main character, consulting producer, and originator of The Travel Channel’s TV series HOTEL AMAZON. Rusty has consulted for National Geographic Television’s HOOKED, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, DATELINE, and his footage of wildlife on his Amazon preserve is in Reader’s Digest “Must See Places on Earth” DVD Series. He has also filmed on the island of Kauai for the documentary series Cosmic Journeys. Rusty has appeared with his wildlife on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, and free flew a hawk on The Late Show with David Letterman 14-stories high over 49th street in New York City. Rusty has even free flew an African eagle in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. He has presented over 3,000 lectures at educational institutions including Princeton University and The Explorers Club where he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into the prestigious club.
For over 30 years he has bred, captured, trained, handled, or rehabilitated an extensive number of wildlife such as cobras, vipers, giant pythons, alligators, condors, eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures, owls, tigers, and elephants. He has had an Andean condor for over 20 years, which is the largest bird of prey in the world (ten foot wingspan) and one of only 10 condors privately possessed in the U.S. He has captured Bald Eagles for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research and trained a falcon for Magician David Copperfield.
Rusty testified during a federal grand jury pertaining to an Australian animal smuggling ring and he has successfully brainstormed clandestine explosive detection techniques with animals for a post 9/11 anti-terrorism Commander. He has also interviewed the infamous satanic serial killer the Night Stalker (Richard Ramírez) in order to explore the mind of a human predator.
He is the author of a book entitled Twilight of the Wild (Foreword written by Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom).