JJ van Altena is the owner of Bdumbi Too Game Ranch and the director of the well-known service provider for the wildlife industry, Global Supplies. JJ is also the Implementation Specialist for Elephant Immunocontraception Projects with Humane Society International/Africa. After completing his National Diploma in Nature Conservation in 1995, JJ spent seven years in the Kruger National Park (KNP) where he was involved with various ranger duties, veld management, game capture, elephant contraception research and implementation. During this time, he gained extensive experience in all aspects of various wildlife relocation projects – from ground hornbill to elephant. JJ assisted in the aerial tracking of various collared animals within the KNP as part of on-going research projects. After leaving the park, JJ continued with relocation efforts – including relocating the majority of elephant that now occur on private reserves – and established Global Supplies in 2001. Global Supplies was the result of several organizations requesting his expert advice on practical and specialized applications within the wildlife arena. With JJ’s expertise and contacts in the wildlife network, Global Supplies has been at the cutting edge of delivering top quality products and services to the wildlife industry. For the past 21 years JJ has been building relationships with various role players in the local as well as international conservation community through consultancy, wildlife relocation projects and service provision to Government, NGO’s, private and academic institutions throughout Africa. JJ loves and enjoys what he does and is driven by his passion and his desire to make a difference. In managing his ranch and the numerous game breeding herds, JJ has an extensive knowledge and expertise in the diverse field of wildlife management.
Originally from New Zealand, my background is in predictive population modelling of species in response to changing landscapes. I moved to Canada 3 years ago and I'm entering the final years of a PhD program through the University of Saskatchewan. My project focuses on the population of free-ranging horses in the Albertan foothills. My research is using spatial ecology methods such as GPS collars, and novel techniques for capture-recapture analyses using a large network of trail cameras. My research will help determine seasonal resource use of horses, and establish population demographics such as, survival, reproduction and density.
Celeste is a biologist who started her career studying marine ecology at University of California, Santa Cruz (BA Biology, 1994). She spent years working with marine mammals and invertebrates along the California and Oregon Coasts. Environmental outreach and science education were a large part of her focus while working for South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and then Oregon State Parks. Her passion for horses eventually outweighed her love of marine mammals and she returned to Oregon State University to acquire a post-baccalaureate degree in Animal Science with an equine emphasis. She has worked alongside Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation to oversee and implement the fertility control program since 2005, and more recently, RTF’s on-range public-private partnership programs for wild horse and burro management. She quite enjoys the combination of education, horses, and meaningful scientific work towards the best in-the-wild management we have available today.
Audrey is the Wildlife Director of Humane Society International-Africa and Field Director of Elephant Immunocontraception Projects in Africa. She served as the Behavioural and Research Ecologist at The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve 19 years, where she specialised in elephant management and behaviour. She holds an MSc (Elephant Immunocontraception). Her PhD focuses on Spatial and Temporal Drivers of Elephant Movement in private reserves and the Greater Kruger National Park through the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Amarula Elephant Research Program. Audrey is a registered ecologist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and consults for and advises private and provincial parks. Audrey is a specialist member of the Elephant Specialist Advisory group. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has contributed towards various books on elephant management. Audrey has completed the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course and specialises in the rehabilitation and release of indigenous mammals. She recently qualified as a South African Veterinary Council accredited Animal Welfare Assistant, which will enable her to directly assist in primary health care outreach for community pets.
Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Montana State University-Billings in 1992. She joined the Science and Conservation Center in 1993, first as a volunteer then as the conservation biologist and became the executive director in 2016. Kimberly also directs the captive animal fertility control program for the Center, which stretches from North America to Australia, maintains the wildlife contraceptive database, and the training of field personnel. Kim is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and a board-member of the AZA Reproduction Management Center. Her work with wildlife fertility control has taken her across North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. She has been the senior author or co-author on eight scientific papers or book chapters and has given numerous scientific talks at professional meetings over the years. She lives with her husband Darin, dogs Skippy and Phoebe, 6 chickens and 2 geckos in Billings MT.
Kayla received her B.A. in Biology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1986. She has worked in Zoos for 12 years and volunteered her time with conservation groups in Madagascar and with Cheetahs in Namibia. Always having an interest in animal behavior and research she worked on a Bighorn sheep survivability project where she supervised field activities. Upon completion of this project in 2002, she began her work with Wild horses. She has extensive field experience overseeing many of these projects and has worked with various government agencies non-profit organizations, and sanctuaries. Her field experience includes working with tractable to elusive herds studying behavior, monitoring populations, and administering PZP immunocontraception. She has also worked and managed field activities on Urban deer projects out east. Kayla joined The Science and Conservation Center in 2017 as Senior Biologist where she oversees the training program, helps produce the PZP, amongst other projects within the organization. She also works with ZooMontana to educate on capture immobilization and to administer immobilization medicines for animal physicals. She has also traveled to various locations within the U.S. and other countries to train and guide individuals in the field and educate those on PZP immunocontraception. She has given talks at professional meetings and has co-authored several scientific papers.
Jolene joined the Montana Department of Agriculture as the Pesticide Training and Development Specialist for the Pesticide Applicator Program in 2013. Prior to her current role, she served as an Environmental Specialist in the Petroleum Cleanup Program for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Project Manager, Analytical Chemist, and Safety Officer for an environmental laboratory, and educator in several institutions ranging from preschool to college. She has worked extensively in groundwater protection programs, chemical safety, analytical evaluation, and science education for the past 22 years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University and is currently working on a Master’s of Science in Environmental Resources at Montana State University.
Karen is a co-founder of Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary and serves as director for the sanctuary and for MT. Taylor Mustangs. The sanctuary and MT. Taylor Mustangs envision a world where all wildlife thrive, and both organizations are committed to working for healthy ecosystems for wild horses and sanctuary where vulnerable mustangs live free.
Dr. Harm HogenEsch is Professor in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in the Netherlands and earned his DVM degree cum laude from the University of Utrecht in 1984. He did his graduate training in immunology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his PhD in 1989. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists since 1989. After working as staff scientist at the TNO Institute for Aging and Vascular Research in Leiden, the Netherlands, he joined Purdue University in 1993 and was promoted to Professor in 2001. His research focuses on vaccine development, in particular the role of adjuvants in optimizing vaccine performance, and on chronic inflammatory diseases. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and 18 book chapters. He has trained 18 graduate students and post-docs.
Since 2002, I've been visiting the mustangs of Spring Creek Basin, in Southwest Colorado. Since 2007, I've been documenting those mustangs, and since 2011, I've been darting mares with native PZP. My training was in August 2010, and I was fortunate to know and have been trained directly by Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick. I'm on the advisory board of the Colorado chapter of the National Mustang Association, which was formed in the late 1990s specifically to advocate for the Spring Creek Basin herd. Currently, the group has rescued wild horses that have gotten off the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation, and is working with Mesa Verde National Park officials to ensure safe treatment of the wild horses within the park that are to be removed. I'm also a founding member of coalition group Disappointment Wild Bunch Partners, formed in 2008 to bring more voices to the table to advocate for the well-being of Spring Creek Basin's mustangs. Other members are representatives of NMA/CO, Four Corners Back Country Horsemen and Mesa Verde Back Country Horsemen. We have worked with a variety of BLM employees, and for the last three years, our BLM partner has been herd manager Mike Jensen, rangeland management specialist at Tres Rios Field Office in Dolores. His commitment to the Spring Creek Basin herd has resulted in achievements such as our bait-trapping EA, signed last year. It's a proactive document that makes bait trapping the priority method or future gathers (when needed). We've done projects such as vegetation monitoring and fence repair/maintenance/building, and we built a second water catchment. I'm a recovering journalist. Since January 2012, I've worked for the Serengeti Foundation on its first mustang sanctuary, in Disappointment Valley. In 2017, Serengeti created a second mustang sanctuary in southeastern Colorado. Disappointment Valley Mustang Sanctuary is immediately adjacent to Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area, so I live and work in mustang heaven!
Currently I am the Salt River horse Liaison at the Arizona Department of Agriculture. My background includes public school education, vocational agriculture, equine assisted activities for children with physical and/ or mental disabilities, and public health programs. My experience also includes 20+ years of equine management and equine healthcare in a variety of settings from competition to managing horses on the landscape
Grace Kahler is a Wildlife Field Manager for The Humane Society of the United States. She is currently stationed in Kingman, Arizona on a collaboration project with the Bureau of Land Management. The Platero Project is based in the Black Mountain HMA and is investigating the feasibility and logistics of applying Zonastat H to manage free roaming burros in the field. Before working in wildlife fertility control, Grace was an animal caregiver at Cleveland Amory’s Black Beauty Ranch, where she was the Lead Training Specialist for positive reinforcement and behavioral management, as well as, a member of the Capture Team. In her spare time, Grace loves taking her dog Elsa for therapy dog visits to local senior living centers and hospitals in Kingman. She also has an arguably unhealthy obsession with tacos, pizza, cheese fries, reading, and gaming.
Our iconic wild mustangs symbolize pure Americana, unbridled freedom, power, determination, and the wild west. For Wild Love Preserve, they have also offered us a unique opportunity to come together in a new light and bridge divides between stakeholders previously locked in opposition. Founded in 2010, by contemporary visual artist and photographer, Andrea Maki, kindness, mutual respect, accountability, science, and education drive Wild Love’s mission to protect and preserve western wild horses in their native habitats and nurture the legacy of respective indigenous ecosystems as an interconnected whole by working together. Rooted in central Idaho, Wild Love Preserve engages public and private lands to address all facets of regional wild horse conservation on home turf, and works with the Idaho BLM, ranchers, environmentalists, wildlife biologists, wild horse advocates, youth employment groups and regional communities. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Wild Love Preserve is a legacy project that incorporates our inclusive wild horse conservation programs, conflict resolution, education platform, comprehensive range health, and the creation of a wildlife preserve in the heart of Idaho's wild horse country to serve as permanent home to Wild Love's current 136 Challis-Idaho wild horses, and future wild horses removed from public lands in Idaho that are not otherwise adopted. By design, our conservation efforts have turned Challis-Idaho wild horses into an asset for the community, region, and state.
Amy Masching is the Program Manager for the Center for Conservation Peacebuilding (CPeace), an organization that works globally to transform social conflict to create lasting solutions for people and wildlife. Masching has experience engaging diverse stakeholders in efforts that result in successful conservation. She works to establish processes and programs that balance power, engage marginalized peoples, and increase social receptivity toward positive, sustainable change.
Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue was opened in November 2002. We have served as a home for over 350 horses in need of a safe place to call home. Myself and Husband Jason Muncy opened RVHR to help serves all local and non-local Animal Control offices when in need of assistance with equine neglect and abuse case. RVHR provides housing for equine’s for any Animal Control office while case are pending. I am a certified Equine Cruelty Investigator since 2003.
Kali is a native Floridian who grew up in and around the Everglades which helped to foster her personal connection with wildlife and wild spaces. She received a B.S. from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 and M.S. from Tufts University in 2015. Kali worked professionally as a registered nurse, veterinary technician, and wildlife biologist prior to joining the HSUS in 2015, where she currently oversees fertility control field projects, assists with urban wildlife conflict mitigation, and helps the animal rescue team with disaster response and special projects.
My education and background is in soils, hydrology, riparian, and rangeland management. I started working for the BLM in 1998 where I became involved with the Wild Horse Program in the Vale District of eastern Oregon. I became the Vale District Wild Horse Specialist in 2010.
Finished veterinary medicine in 2008 at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest. In 2009 has received the Romanian Ministerial scholarship to attend the Conservation Medicine Module provided by the Veterinary Medicine University Vienna. In 2010 worked for International Animal Rescue in Indonesia as a clinician in a wildlife rehabilitation center. From 2011 works for Four Paws International in different wildlife/feral animal rescues and population management projects. Starting with 2012 he developed the Birth Control Program for the feral horses of Letea Sandbank - Danube Delta, Romania. In 2018 he received his PhD from the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, with thesis ''Reproductive management of the feral equine population of Letea Sandbank – Danube Delta''.
Martin Schulman PhD MMedVet (Gyn) BVSc (Hons) BSc MRCVS Veterinary Specialist Theriogenologist Martin Schulman obtained a BSc (University of the Witwatersrand) and qualified as a veterinarian in 1986 with a BVSc and thereafter BVSc (Hons) and MMedVet (Gyn) degrees from the University of Pretoria. He obtained his veterinary specialist registration in Theriogenology in 1993 and a PhD from Utrecht University in 2016 with defence of a thesis entitled “The impact of herpesviruses on reproductive performance in horses”. Martin spent several years both in general veterinary practice in the UK and specialist practice in South Africa primarily involved in equine reproduction. He is currently a Professor in the Section of Reproduction at Pretoria University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, involved in undergraduate teaching and post-graduate leadership, research and clinical duties in the Veterinary Academic Hospital. He has held appointments as Visiting Professor in Equine Reproduction at the University of California, Davis in 2005 and 20011. He has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and international conference and meeting proceedings, book chapters as well as numerous articles for the lay-press on various aspects of equine reproduction and both wildlife and equid immunocontraception. His dual research focus is infectious diseases affecting equine reproduction and immunocontraception for veterinary population management in both wildlife and domestic species. Current, active collaborative research projects include horses, donkeys, elephants and the rhinoceros. He helped establish and currently manages Pretoria University’s Veterinary Population Management Laboratory that coordinates pZP vaccine production and supply for the elephant population management programme and the development of new generation immunocontraceptive vaccine formulations and associated research projects. Martin is actively involved and consulted in a private capacity both locally and internationally on many aspects of specialist equine reproduction and stud medicine. He hold professional registration status in South Africa, UK and Namibia. He is the South African representative on the International Committee for Animal Reproduction (ICAR) and as acts a consultant to the Director of Animal Health of the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and to the Thoroughbred Industry. A lifelong passionate interest in African wildlife and its conservation as well as horses and equestrian sports helps provide the impetus for his professional career.
Blair D. Soars, President/CEO of Pneu-Dart, Inc., was born in central Pennsylvania, just a few miles from the company he now operates. A 1983 Graduate of Bucknell University, Blair is a true visionary and entrepreneur. As an outdoorsman and avid hunter, Blair enjoys participating in numerous outdoor adventures and sincerely appreciates the beauty of Mother Nature, traits that complement his profession well. On the personal side, Blair is a dedicated family man, playing a significant role in raising his three wonderful daughters. He is an active board member for a number of local and regional non-profit organizations supporting wildlife and education. Having worked in the area for nearly three decades, Blair assumed the helm of Pneu-Dart in 2001, purchasing the company, which was founded in 1967, from Robert Waldeisen. Since that time, under his guidance, untiring work ethic and fair-minded business practices, Pneu-Dart, has emerged as the premier manufacturer and leader in providing remote drug delivery solutions to a global and diverse client base. While focusing on enhanced remote drug delivery devices, Pneu-Dart is a leader in wildlife education and as such is proud to provide free online tutorials for all users.
Bruce graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He joined the University of Calgary's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, after 7 years as a mixed animal practitioner and practice owner. Bruce volunteers his time with the Wild Horses of Alberta Society where he is responsible for the ZonaStat-H contraception pilot project and veterinary oversight of any wild horses prior to adoption. Bruce is also involved with many scientific projects associated with the wild horses of Alberta through the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatoon. Bruce and his wife are fortunate to have 4 horses (2 Alberta wild horses) which they train and enjoy riding in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.
Stella is the Field Manager for SWAT, the on-range division of the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary-GEMS, a 501c3 organization located in Eastern Colorado. The primary goal of SWAT is to provide fertility treatment to mares in Sand Wash Basin, in NW CO. Stella was part of a very small team of volunteers who started darting mares in the Spring of 2014, and she and her team (which is growing!) continue to dart today. Stella lives in NW CO with her husband, horses, dogs (including a recent rescue from Greece-acquired while on vacation) and Miss Kitty who rules the household.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She has worked as a wildlife technician for the National Park Service at Assateague Island National Seashore for 30 years. Her primary duty has been to monitor and manage the wild horse population, but she also assists with piping plover and other shorebird monitoring, marine mammal and sea turtle strandings, and any other wildlife issues as needed. She lives in southern Delaware with her cat and five horses.
John W. Turner, Jr. is an endocrinologist (PhD, Cornell University; Postdoctoral training, UCLA) with extensive expertise in reproductive biology and stress physiology. He is a Professor of Physiology engaged in teaching and research at the University of Toledo College of Medicine (UTCOM) and his research endeavors have included pioneering research in the field of wildlife contraception, effects of chronically deteriorating habitats on stress levels of wildlife and fish and the psychophysiology of human stress-related disorders and their treatment. He has 45 years of direct field experience with more than10 different wild horse populations. and has been heavily involved in the research, development and testing of native PZP and PZP-22 controlled-release contraceptive vaccine and their applications in multiple species. His research efforts have involved collaboration with investigators at 12 US and 4 foreign universities and have yielded 120 peer-reviewed journal papers and reviews, with 71 of those in wildlife contraception and PZP-related research. He has authored multiple book chapters and edited 6 books. He has served as a wildlife-contraception management consultant for the US Forest Service and for more than 20 parks and preserves worldwide. His awards include the US Forest Service Chief Award (2005) and two University Career Research Awards (2006;2012).
Eric grew up in and around the Great Basin of Nevada. He has spent most of his life working in the desert terrain with cattle and horses. In recent years, he has been a volunteer with the BLM Wild Horse Contraception Programs in Eastern Oregon. He has extensive experience in creating identification databases of the wild horse herds and coordinating the logistics of effective darting and contraception administration.