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Grégory Breton joined Panthera in March 2017 from France’s famed Parc des Félins, where he served as Curator and Assistant Director for 14 years. As Panthera France’s Managing Director, Grégory is responsible for fundraising, development and outreach activities in France and throughout Europe.
Grégory’s career in wild cat conservation began at Paris XIII University, where he received an MSc in Animal Behavior. A cat lover since childhood, Grégory helped found the Parc des Félins, a zoological park outside of Paris dedicated to the conservation and breeding of wild felids and lemurs. In his role there, Grégory supervised the care and management of the park’s 26 wild cat species—from the small, rusty-spotted cat to the massive Amur tiger — and personally oversaw the Park’s successful captive breeding program, which supplied over 500 captive-bred animals to zoo breeding programs around the world.
In addition to his principal role at the Parc des Félins, Grégory served as the Vice Chair of the Felid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. After overseeing the European Breeding Program for the sand cat for several years, he initiated a study of this poorly understood cat, conducting research in Morocco with colleague Dr. Alexander Sliwa. Over the last decade, Grégory has served as a zoological consultant and lecturer, providing expert insight into animal husbandry, breeding and in situ conservation around the world.