When Sybille was a little girl in Heidelberg, Germany, she wanted to help animals in a big way. Today she's doing exactly that, leading conservation initiatives for the likes of elephants, rhinos, tigers, orangutans and leopards around the world. Sybille oversees the training of game wardens, carnivore ecology, human-wildlife conflicts and anti-poaching units for some of the most critical wildlife habitat on Earth. But she hasn't ever lost the wonder and appreciation for animals she first experienced all those years ago.
"It was a June morning in Virginia and I came up a ridge," Sybille recalls, "and in the valley I saw a mother black bear and her two cubs. I watched as the mother nursed them and made them climb a tree, how they played and interacted. Seeing how she cared for them was amazing."
“Young people are the future of conservation. We must inspire them and we must lead them by our example.”