Dr. Christian Walzer

Executive Director, Health

Dr. Christian Walzer is the Executive Director of Health at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a board-certified wildlife veterinarian, professor of Conservation Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. Author of more than 100 research publications, numerous book chapters, lecturing widely on health and conservation. During the past two decades he has worked in the Gobi region of Mongolia linking wildlife health with the conservation of the Przewalski’s horse and the Asiatic wild ass.

Beyond Central Asia and equids, Chris has an internationally recognized diverse expertise in working with wildlife, especially on the human-livestock-wildlife interfaces, gained from combined years of leadership and research in Europe, Asia and Africa. He acts as a consultant in wildlife matters for various organizations such as UNDP, World Bank, FAO and WWF. Over the past decade he has additionally led several successful large-scale EU-funded ecological connectivity and biodiversity conservation projects in the Alps.

Chris is the recipient of several research and service awards most notably the Distinguished Environmentalist Award from the Mongolian Ministry of Nature and Environment for contributions to the conservation of Mongolia's rare and endangered species.

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