I am a wildlife conservationist, photographer, videographer, and founder of Chris Austria Productions LLC. Our mission is to empower communities and conserve wildlife through film, photography, and music. We are filming a documentary in Uganda on the strong connection between community development, rural health care, and wildlife conservation.
I have worked with tigers, lions, and other animals at Six Flags in Vallejo, CA, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Oregon Tiger Sanctuary. I have also served as a tiger analyst for the ABC television network, and worked on tiger documentaries with National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. My work with the big cats inspired within me, a deep desire to protect endangered species, and their habitats.
My career eventually led me to wildlife conservation and eco-tourism projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda. I worked for Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Jane Goodall, and a group of Ugandan trustees, the sanctuary is home to 46 orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Currently, I am filming the work of Ugandan veterinarian, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, founder of Conservation Through Public Health in Uganda.