My life is an incredible adventure that has taken me down some very exciting and extraordinary paths. I have been fortunate to be able to follow my passions in life. This has been a challenge, and at times a difficult road, but worth it in unimaginable ways. A life with tigers and lions has been a dream of mine since I was a child. My work with the big cats eventually led me to wildlife conservation in East Africa. Currently, I am working for the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda. In 1998, the sanctuary was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of founding trustees. This website is an account of my journey.
I love lion moms. They are so caring and protective over their offspring. This gorgeous lioness killed a zebra and was waiting patiently for her cubs to come over for breakfast. She wouldn’t let them out of her site. I photographed her in Kidepo Valley, Karamoja in the northeast region of Uganda.
Chris Austria Productions is filming a documentary on the work of Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Her organization provides effective programs to protect the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, and to assist […]
Lions are such iconic animals in Africa. Unfortunately, their population is declining, with less than 20,000 on the continent. In 1965, there were approximately 450,000 lions. I had the great honor […]
Kidepo National Park in northeast Uganda is a spectacular place. I photographed these beautiful elephants while I was there. This remote place is absolutely stunning, with gorgeous landscapes. The wildlife […]