European Elephant Management

Dr. med. vet. Frank Göritz


Birth Date: November 4, 1963
Location: Brandenburg, Germany

Present Address: Institute for Zoo Biology and Wildlife Research (IZW)
10315 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49-30-51 68 715; Fax +49-30-51 26 104
Cell phone: +49-173-94 39 53 0


Board certification for zoo and June 1997
wildlife medicine

2nd Degree in Veterinary Medicine: Free University Berlin, Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine with a dissertation entitled: „Ultrasonography
in zoo and wild animals.“, FU Berlin, 1996

Veterinary registration, DVM Feb. 1992


Head, Veterinary Services IZW Jan. 1997 – present

Staff scientist, IZW Feb. 1992 – present; Dept. Reproduction Management

Scientific Awards:

Tony Bubenik Memorial Award 1998, International Deer Biology Congress
Poster-Award 1998, Intern. Symp. Physiol. Ethol. Wild and Zoo Anim.
Heinrich Lüßen Award 1997 German Society of friends and sponsors of veterinary medicine
Poster Award 1995, Congress for Physiology and Pathology of Reproduction
Award of Excellence 1994, Swiss Society for Ultrasound and Biology


  • Fellow of the Zoological Society of San Diego (ZSSD), USA
  • Associate scientist of the Smithsonian Institutions, NZP Washington DC, USA
  • Member of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM),
    Scientific Board, Section Veterinary Medicine and Animal Application
  • Member of the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM)
  • Member of the Berlin Association of Veterinarians, Germany
  • Member of the Society for Species and Population Conservation, Munich, Germany

Selected Publications:

GÖRITZ, F., QUEST, M., WAGENER, A., FASSBENDER, M., BROICH, A., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., HOFMANN, R.R. and S. BLOTTNER (2003): Seasonal timing of sperm production in roe deer: Interrelationship between changes in ejaculate parameters, morphology and function of testis and accessory glands. Theriogenology 59, 1487-1502.

ROELANTS, H., SCHNEIDER, F., GÖRITZ, F., STREICH, J. and S. BLOTTNER (2002): Seasonal changes of spermatogonial proliferation in roe deer, demonstrated by flow cytometric analysis of c-kit receptor, in relation to Follicle-Stimulating Hormone, Lutenizing Hormone, and Testosterone. Biol. Reprod. 66, 305-312.

GÖRITZ, F., QUEST, M., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., MEYER, H.H.D., KOLTER, L. and K. JEWGENOW (2001): Antiprogestins-a new approach to control reproduction in captive bears. J Reprod Fertil Suppl. 57, 249-254.

GÖRITZ, F., FASSBENDER, M., HERMES, R., RIETSCHEL, W., WIESNER, H., MALTZAN, J., BLOTTNER, S. GÖLTENBOTH, R., OCHS, A. and T.B. HILDEBRANDT (2001): Ultrasonographical evaluation of reproductive soundness, semen collection and artificial insemination in the Malayian tapir. Verh. ber. Erkrg. Zootiere 40, 201-206.

GÖRITZ, F., FASSBENDER, M., BROICH, A., QUEST, M., LANGE, A., BLOTTNER, S., GILLES, M., LENGWINAT, T., SPITTLER, H. and T.B. HILDEBRANDT (2001): Untersuchungen zur reproduktiven Fitness lebender weiblicher Feldhasen aus unterschiedlichen Habitaten. Z Jagdwiss 47, 92-99.

JEWGENOW, K., QUEST, M., ELGER, W., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., MEYER, H.H.D., STRAUSS, G., and F.GÖRITZ (2001): Administration of antiprogestin J956 for contraception in bears: a pharmacological study. Theriogenology 56, 601-611.

(2001): Demonstration of 2-unsaturated C19-steroids in the urine of female Asian elephants, Elephas maximus, and their dependence on ovarian activity. Reproduction 121, 475-484.

WAGENER, A., BLOTTNER, S., GÖRITZ, F. and J. FICKEL (2000): Detection of growth factors in the testis of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Anim. Reprod. Sci. 64, 65-75.

GÖRITZ, F., QUEST, M., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., MALTZAN, J., WIESNER, H., MEYER, H.H.D., ROHLEDER, M., KOLTER, L. and K. JEWGENOW (1999):Antigestagens - a new approach to Control Reproduction in captive bears (Ursidae). Verh. ber. Erkrg. Zootiere 38, 295-296.

GÖRITZ, F., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., HERMES, R., QUANDT, S., GROBLER, D., JEWGENOW, K., ROHLEDER, M., MEYER, H.H.D. and R.R.HOFMANN (1999): Results of hormonal contraception programme in free ranging African elephants at the Kruger National Park. Verh. ber. Erkrg. Zootiere 38, 39–40.

GÖRITZ, F., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., JEWGENOW, K., WAGNER, N., HERMES, R., STRAUß, G. and H.H.D. MEYER (1997): Transrectal ultrasonographic examination of the female urogenital tract in nonpregnant and pregnant captive bears (Ursidae). J. Reprod. Fert. Suppl 51, 303-312.

GÖRITZ, F., HILDEBRANDT, T.B., HERMES, R., THIELEBEIN, J., SPRETTKE, T., GÖLTENBOTH, R. und B. SEIDEL (1997): Immobilisation und transintestinale Ultrasonographie bei Kasuaren. Verh. ber. Erkrg. Zootiere 38, 181-186.

GÖRITZ,F. (1996): Ultrasonography in zoo and wild animals. Vet. med. Diss. Freie Univ. Berlin

GÖRITZ, F.; JEWGWNOW, K.; MEYER H. H. D. (1996): Epidermal growth factor and epidermal growth
factor receptor in the ovary of the domestic cat (Felis catus).J. Reprod. Fert. 106, 117-124.

GÖRITZ, F., HILDEBRANDT, T. B., PITRA, C., BOSCH, H. und B. SEIDEL (1995): Sonographische Geschlechtsbestimmung bei Eselspinguinen (Pygoscelis papua). Verh. ber. Erkrg. Zootiere 37, 283-288.

JEWGENOW, K.; and F. GÖRITZ (1995): The recovery of preantral follicles from ovaries of domestic cats and their characterization before and after cultivation. Anim. Reprod. Sci.39: 285-297.

GÖRITZ, F., HILDEBRANDT, T. B., NÖTZOLD, G., EULENBERGER, K., GOTTSCHALK, J., FRANK, S. und H. CORREIA (1994): Untersuchungen zum reproduktiven Status und Zyklusgeschehen beim Anoa (Bubalus depressicornis) mittels transrektaler Ultrasonographie. Verh. ber. Erkrg. Zootiere 36, 107-119.

Book chapter

GÖRITZ F. und T. B. HILDEBRANDT (1997): Ultraschalldiagnostik bei Zoo- und Wildtieren. In: E. Wiesner (Hrsg.) Handlexikon der tierärztlichen Praxis. Enke Verlag, Stuttgart, 855-855m.

HILDEBRANDT, T. B. and F. GÖRITZ (1998): Use of ultrasonography in zoo animals. In: M. E. Fowler and R.
E. Miller (eds.) Zoo and wild animal medicine. Current Therapy 4. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 41-54.

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