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.
Uganda- Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rwanda- Akagera National Park