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Thank you for visiting my website. I am the CEO of Christopher Austria Safaris Ltd., a unique travel company based in Kampala, Uganda. I lead wildlife, and cultural safaris in Uganda, and Rwanda. For more information on our customized expeditions, email me at Chris@ChrisAustria.com, visit the Uganda page on the site menu, and download this itinerary  austria_itinerary_18day-1.pdf

I am also 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. In order for conservation strategies to be effective, and sustainable, they must address the needs of the communities that share the fragile habitat with wildlife. These needs include health care, and alternative livelihoods. Conservation, community development and planetary health are inextricably entwined.

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 ecosystems.

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 49 orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

Lion_Male_Kidepo_CliffsCliff dwelling lion at Kidepo Valley, northeast Uganda

Silverback mountain gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda

Chris Austria with the Karamojong Dancers in northeast Uganda
Karamojong-Turkana dancers in northeast Uganda

Lion_Cubs_1_Kidepo.jpgLion cubs in northern Uganda

Model: Namuwonge Beckie

Sara, one of the orphaned chimps at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Giraffes in Murchison Falls, northwestern Uganda
Chris Austria with the Kjong in Karamoja

Leopard_Head_Kidepo.jpgMale leopard in Kidepo Valley

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Young giraffes at Lake Mburo in western Uganda

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Karamojong dance at the Lorukul Cultural Centre

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The Jackson’s hartebeest. One of the fastest antelopes

Karamoja_Dance_4_People_WM.jpgKaramojong dancers in northeast Uganda

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6 Comments »

  1. great to see this after meeting you with Sandy and Dani this morning at Coles! I mentioned a program to you on monkeys, did you see this one: CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a story about the black snub-nosed monkey featuring interviews with Jacky Poon, cameraman for the Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La and Xi Zhinong, the first person to ever photograph the elusive primate: It was well done and interesting on PBS, I am sure you can find it.
    On Mongolia, have you ever read “Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World”….pick it up, if you are interested….paperback. Very interesting country…have more info it you are interested!
    Best of luck with your work, so nice to meet you……

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  2. Wow, this is very awesome work. Conservation activities are very important to help us preserve our wildlife. You are doing great work and keep it up, I love it.

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