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Wildlife is my great passion. Encounters with tigers, bears, wolves and many other impressive creatures in the wild are among the most wonderful and exciting things I’ve had the privilege to experience. These are moments of joy – the true remuneration of my job. But the way there was long…

After school I decided to reinforce my interest for the living world with solid knowledge and began to study biology at university. During exchange semesters in the USA I had the opportunity to work on alligator behavior and to get to know nature in North America. For my master’s (Diplom) work, I conducted a field study of the largest snake in Germany, the Aesculapean Snake. In the central Indian tiger reserves of Kanha and Bandhavgarh I worked as a biologist and field guide.

My freelance work in wildlife photography and film brought me to the German public Television channel ZDF, where I completed training as a TV editor. Over the years I worked in various departments, including the TV series Wunderbare Welt (Wonderful World), Terra X and planet e, as well as for different science shows and news outlets. I have been responsible for more than a hundred episodes of the series “Wonderful World”, covering wildlife topics from around the globe. Since 2011 I have been primarily active as a filmmaker for ZDF.

My photographs have been showcased in exhibitions, received numerous awards, and appeared together with my writings in a range of magazines worldwide including GEO International, BBC Wildlife, BBC Knowledge, National Geographic World, Asian Geographic, Science Illustrated, Natural History, Terre Sauvage, Universum, natur & kosmos, Terra, NaturFoto. Thus far I have published four books. I do presentations, acted as jury member at photo and film festivals, and taught as a guest lecturer at at the University of Television and Film Munich.

In the course of my work I have had the great privilege to experience many of the world’s most beautiful nature reserves and their wild animals. But wherever I go, I continually strive to fascinate other people with the results of my travels and so to help ensure that wild animals and wild places have a future.