Peter was born in 1962 in Hanover, Germany. He is a trained wildlife and conservation biologist and has MSc in Biology and PhD in Conservation Biology. Peter is also a trained wildlife ranger. Peter is the Project leader of the Sumatran orangutan release programme in the Bukit Tigapuluh (BTP) ecosystem, run by Frankfurt Zoological Society. The Wildlife Protection Units in BTP, overseen by Peter, play a vital role in protecting the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger.
Peter was passionate about nature and wildlife from an early age. As a student, he travelled to South East Asia including Indonesia to visit national parks and conservation programmes. Whilst Peter was in the final phase of his PhD, he applied to be the project leader at the orangutan reintroduction project in Sumatra, run by Frankfurt Zoological Society. Peter was successful in obtaining this position and has now worked there for over ten years.
Peter spends most of his time in management and supervision of several project components. He is also involved with strategic planning, negotiating and mitigating, presentations and running training courses. Peter greatly enjoys spending time in the field. His dedication to protecting the precious habitat of Bukit Tigapuluh and the Sumatran tiger is inspiring.