Dr Christiaan WInterbach



Dr. Christiaan Winterbach is a wildlife biologist with more than 25 years’ experience in Botswana. His speciality is in survey techniques for large carnivores and has conducted the first large carnivore surveys in large parts of northern Botswana. Christiaan collaborated with other researchers working across Botswana, to assess the country wide distribution and density of large carnivores in different landscapes.


Christiaan is a founder member of the African Lion Working Group (sub group of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group), and has been a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group from 2002 to 2016. He co-authored more than 20 scientific publications and has been the scientific advisor on wildlife documentaries for National Geographic, BBC and Animal Planet.

Dr C Winterbach


University of Pretoria , 1991

University of Pretoria , 1984

University of Pretoria , 1983

Master of Science (Wildlife Management). University of Pretoria, South Africa. Thesis: Influence of pesticides on numbers of helmeted guineafowl, Numida meleagris, in agricultural areas.

Bachelor of Science Honours (Wildlife Management). University of Pretoria, South Africa.


Bachelor of Science, Main subjects: Zoology and Botany. University of Pretoria, South Africa.

What is an Ecologist?

Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They look at how animals and plants inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works.