General Curator, Zoo Zurich
Martin Bauert is Zoo Zurich‘s General Curator leading the team of zoo-biologists and veterinarians who are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of animal keeping and designing the requirements for state-of-the-art animal enclosure.
Mr Bauert is a member of the management board of Zoo Zurich AG. He oversees the field conservation support programs and is responsible for the ecosystem exhibit "Masoala rainforest". Zurich Zoo's most prominent field conservation partnership has been with the Masoala National Park, the largest protected area in Madagascar.
Mr Bauert joined Zoo Zurich in 2002 to start up the one hectare rainforest ecosystem greenhouse dome with its free roaming primates, birds, reptiles and more than 500 hundred plant species from Madagascar. He also oversees the Masoala rainforest exhibit on the biological control of insect species feeding on plants, traditionally called pests.
He is a member of the Swiss Scientific Authority of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). After a huge surge of illegal rosewood and ebony extractions within Masoala National Park, he initiated an international joint research initiative to better track and curb the international trafficking of precious timber species illegally cut in many protected areas in Madagascar.
Martin Bauert serves as president of proMAD, the umbrella organisation of Swiss NGOs engaged in cooperation and development projects in Madagascar. Mr Bauert graduated with a PhD from Zurich University and worked as post-doctoral scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in the field of resource allocation and genetically diversity of arctic-alpine plant species.