Born: September 12, 1955, Wiener Neustadt (AUSTRIA)
Degree: Zoology, Botanic, Human Biology, and Earth Science
Since 1986 juridical accredited expert for nature conservation, protection, keeping and dealing with animals.
1977 – 1992 employed on the University for Zoology in Vienna. Lecturer.
1993 – 1995 Curator for Research and Construction at the Vienna Zoo. Responsible for the planning and construction of various animal enclosures and buildings.
Establishing research teams and built up cooperation to different Universities.
1995 – 1998 additionally responsible as Curator for the Aquarium-Terrarium.
Since 1998 Curator (elephants, hippos, big cats, apes, bears, wolfs, lynx, owls, penguins, sea lions, animals of the African enclosure)
Since 1999 Vice Director at the Vienna Zoo.
Involved in numerous in-situ projects in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, especially in Sri Lanka.
University of Vienna (Austria)
Zoobiology: methods for the keeping of wild animals in modern zoos.
Zoological preparation and museum methods,
Ecology sub- and eu-mediterranean islands (Krk, Croatia).
Veterinary University Mahidol in Bangkok (Thailand):
Management of Elephants under Human Care.
University in Thrissur (Kerala – India):
Elephant Conservation and Management in situ and ex situ.
Peridenya University in Candy (Sri Lanka):
Managing Elephants under Human Care.
Specialized on keeping and caring methods of elephants, breeding and training programs and planning of facilities.
First successful artificial insemination project in African elephants in Europe.
Build up a breeding group of African elephants.
Organization and performing of international workshops:
o 4 international workshops in Vienna: Training elephants for medical care, treatment and research.
o 4 Workshops in Sri Lanka (Colombo, Pinnawala),
o 3 in Thailand (Bangkok) and
o 1 in India (Trissur)
o 2 in France (Amiens, Le Pal)
o 1 in Czech Republic (Dvur Kralove and Prague)
Founder of the International Elephant Management Academy in Vienna, courses for keepers, veterinarians, curators, elephant camp owners (Europe and South Asia).
Founder and President of the EEKMA (European Elephant Keeper and Manager Association).
Organization of the International Elephant and Rhino§ Research Symposium in Vienna.
Member of the GEN (Global Elephant Network), joined EMA, EMOA and EEKMA.
Member of the Board of directors of the IEF (International Elephant Foundation)
Performing different research projects§ in elephants in situ and ex situ.
Author of more than about 70 scientific and popular publications about elephants.
Producing educational films for professional elephant handlers.
Founder team member of ASERC (Austrian Sri Lankan Elephant Research and Conservation Project)
Publications in German, English, French and Croatian languages.
works in close co-operation with zoo educators around the world
- responsible of all educational issues, labels & signs, exhibitions, zoo library, scientific collections, the zoo archives and zoo publications
- IZE (International Association of Zoo Educators) Secretary (1996-2000)
- 2002 host of IZE, CBSG & WAZA Conferences as an overlapping process
IZE Regional Representative for Europe and the Middles East( since 2004)
Board member of EAZA Exhibit Design and Education Committee since 2002
Primary School, Grammar School, Matriculation examination in 1978,
Vienna University - Zoology and Botanicals 1978 - 1983,
- at the same time assistant at the Vienna Museum of History of Nature, at the State Institute for Scientific Motion Pictures, participation in int. oak-ethologic projects, 1985 - 1989 supervision of an external scientific department of the Vienna University at Krk/Croatia former Yugoslavia.
Since 1983 head of the zoo pedagogical department at the Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna, Austria, 1986 - 1993 teacher at the state institute for professional training of animal keepers.
The zoo pedagogical department of the Schoenbrunn Zoo, Vienna is in charge of all educational issues, of the Zoo library, of the scientific collections, the archive of color slides and photographs, labels & signs, exhibitions and supports the management in matters of public relations.
The zoo pedagogical department provided special information to more than 70.000 school-kids individual per year.
Standard zoo pedagogical programs and activities at the Vienna zoo:
Guided tours, partly with special topics; art-classes, ethology classes, teachers' seminars, programs for handicapped persons, "keepers workshops" (participation of visitors in the keepers' everyday tasks), birthday parties, feather quizzes, zoological rallies, etc., night tours through the zoo, V.I.P. packages, backstage tours, special evening events, presentation booths at local fairs and public events, zoological information system at enclosures, co-operation and interaction with the pedagogical departments of other zoos (nat. & int.).