European Elephant Management

Dr. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck

Dr. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck is both Director of Tierpark Hagenbeck in Hamburg, a 20-hectar privately owned zoo in the City of Hamburg, Germany, and of GB Hagenbeck, a consultancy practise he has set up to advise on all aspects of the development, facility design and architecture as well as operation of zoos and aquariums. He is also a leading author and has been published extensively on specialist biology-related subjects.

Growing up as a child in South Africa he has held a life-long interest in biology and zoology and following completion of his German National Service in 1989 spent 11 years in theoretical and practical research in Germany, South Africa and Paris. He has gained a long list of related degree and higher degree qualifications concluding with his Doctorate from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2000.

As an example of the diversity of his research he spent 3 years at the Department of Veterinary Pathology of the Medical University of Southern Africa in collaboration with: Molopo Nature reserve (Kalahari), Blyderiver Canyon Game Reserve, Klaserie Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Game Reserve and Hoedspruit Air force Base Nature Reserve.

Dr. Hering-Hagenbeck has worked at Tierpark Hagenbeck since 1998 becoming the zoo's director and general manager in 2004. Other posts held during this time include Lecturer at the University of Hamburg, Founder of the First European Elephant Management School, acting as the European Endangered Species Programme Coordinator for the Persian Wild Ass and being elected to the Board of the German Zoo Directors Association as Treasurer in 2007. Under the responsibility of Dr. Hering-Hagenbeck, Tierpark Hagenbeck has done the first planned herd births within a elephant herd in 2003. Since then six elephants delivered their offspring in this natural way.

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