Katharina Herrmann has been interested in animals in general, and zoos in particular, since early childhood. Before and during her bachelor’s degree in wildlife management at the University of Van Hall Larenstein (NL), Katharina completed various internships, e.g. in the animal care department at Berlin Zoo. She has also conducted field research on wild chimpanzee groups in Uganda and worked in the population management team at Taronga Zoo, in Sydney. After graduating with a Master of Science degree on Zoo Conservation Biology from the University of Plymouth (UK), Katharina worked for the European Zoo and Aquaria Association (EAZA) in the Animal Programmes and Conservation team. Her role was to help the more than 400 EAZA Member zoos to optimally manage the EAZA Ex-situ Programmes and thus contribute to the long-term preservation of threatened animal species and ecosystems. Since April 2020, she is employed as Conservation Coordinator for Berlin Zoo and Tierpark Berlin.