Dr Markus Borner
- Honorary Professor (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
Since 1983, Dr Markus Borner has been the Director of the Africa Program in the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Based at the Africa Regional Office in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania he oversees all FZS conservation programs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Having experience with all five rhino species in the wild, Markus established the rhino conservation program in Ngorongoro, Tanzania which included the translocation of rhinos from South Africa to Ngorongoro. He also established conservation programmes for the black rhino population in the Moru area of the Serengeti National Park as well as in the Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, and was responsible for initiating and coordinating the "Serengeti Rhino Re-patriation Project", using the black rhino as a flagship species to support resource protection.
Dr Borner has initiated and supported a range of other species protection programs, which all use the flagship species approach as means to enhance their protection and the protection of their habitat; these include -
- Mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
- Chimpanzee, habituation and conservation programs in Rubondo Island National Park and in Tongo, Virunga National Park. Conservation program in the Mahale Mountans National Park
- Wild dog conservation programs in the Serengeti National Park, the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania, and the Okovango swamps in Botswana
- Elephants, conservation programs in Selous, Garamba, Serengeti, Gonarezhou, North Luangwa; monitoring, resource protection, mitigating human wildlife conflicts and research
- Ethiopian Wolf: support of conservation programs in all of the mountain protected areas
Other past activities/experiences include -
- Establishing the first community conservation program in the Serengeti, Tanzania
- First established “Wildlife Management Areas” in Serengeti ecosystem. Giving local people user rights and protection responsibilities in the Serengeti ecosystem
- Establishing the “Serengeti Forum,” coordinating and empowering all stakeholders in the management of the Serengeti ecosystem
- Ecosystems approach and working with local communities around all major program areas in Serengeti/Ngorongoro, Mahale, Bale Mountains, Simien, Virunga, North Luangwa and Gonarezhou National Parks