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Starting in 2009, Philipp Henschel joined Panthera full-time as the Lion Program Regional Coordinator within West and Central Africa. Originally from Germany, Philipp is now based in Gabon, where he has lived for more than ten years, and from where he currently fulfills his position as Panthera’s Lion Survey Coordinator. Most recently, Philipp conducted lion field surveys in the Sahelian savannahs of Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, and further surveys are planned in Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.
Prior to joining Panthera, Philipp held a long list of positions within the wildlife conservation field, mainly in Central Africa. Starting in 1998 in Gabon, he began work as a Biological Advisor for the World Wide Fund for Nature before joining the ranks of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In 2000-2006, Philipp served as the Principal Investigator in the WCS Great Cats Program’s Forest Leopard Study. During this period, most of his work focused on leopards, a wild cat that has received little scientific attention in Central Africa. However, since 2003, he also repeatedly acted as Expedition Leader for WCS and Panthera surveys on lion populations in the forest-savannah landscapes in Gabon, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2008, Philipp earned his Ph.D. in Conservation Biology at the University of Göttingen in Germany, having devoted his dissertation to the conservation biology of the leopard in Gabon. Over the years, Philipp has contributed to over ten articles and book chapters, and his extensive scientific research has been funded through a variety of grants and awards from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Global Carnivore Program, and the Society of Conservation Biology. Having completed over 30 dives, Philipp is a big fan of scuba diving and also enjoys wildlife photography and travelling.