Thomas Hildebrandt is a leading expert on wildlife reproduction management. Since 1997, he has been the head of reproduction management at the Leibnitz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin, Germany. The department’s research focus is developing new reproductive management technologies and imaging techniques for rhinos, elephants and other wild animals. One of their largest challenges is saving the Northern White Rhino from extinction, which is becoming increasingly difficult as the population reduced from three to two in 2018.
Dr Hildebrandt is also a Professor of Wildlife Reproduction Medicine at the Free University of Berlin and an honorary professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne. His work in veterinary conservation and reproductive management has been recognised internationally with multiple accolades, most recently with the USA Conservation Legacy Award 2015.