Chris Austria is a wildlife conservationist and photographer with 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. Chris has worked with tigers, lions, and other animals at Six Flags in Vallejo, CA, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Oregon Tiger Sanctuary. Austria has also served as a big can analyst for the ABC television network. He has worked on tiger documentaries with National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. Austria’s work with the big cats inspired within him, a deep desire to protect endangered species, and the indigenous communities that share their habitat.  His career  eventually led him to wildlife conservation and eco-tourism projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda. Austria is the CEO of Chris Austria Productions, LLC. Their mission is to empower communities, and conserve wildlife through photography, film, and music. They will be filming a documentary featuring the work of Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, founder of Conservation Through Public Health in Uganda, and Dr. Kinari Webb of Health In Harmony in Borneo.


Chris_QE_NPUganda- Queen Elizabeth National Park

Chris_Akagera_Green_FieldRwanda- Akagera National Park


  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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