Gudrun Pflueger, Wildlife Expert, based in Austria
After receiving myMaster’s degree in Biology at the University of Salzburg, (2000), I applied for a volunteer position at the Central Rockies Wolf Project, based in Canmore, AB, Canada. Following and studying the local wolf pack, I realized, that this kind of job is tailored to my skills, education and passion: Being a field biologist combines physical fitness with the opportunity to be in the great outdoors and mainly to work for its conservation through collecting data and increasing knowledge.
For seven years I worked on six different international wolf research project in very different parts and ecosystems. Two international awarded Nature Documentaries `Searching for the coastal wolves’ (‚Die Suche nach den Küstenwölfen’, 2007) and `Running with wolves’ (‚Die Wolfsfrau’, 2009) tell about my work. My book has just been released in english. I shares the common knowledge of the wolf being a flagship species of an ecosystem but I see even more the condition of a wolf population as an indicator for the attitude and tolerance of the local people.
As a trained biologist, wildlife and wolf expert, I manage our wildlife and wilderness projects, especially the “Let´s get wild” school project. I am also the focal point for all large carnivores and human coexistence issues in Europe.
Watch my film about the coastal wolves where I was the first woman to directly interact with wild wolves.