Born in Johannesburg, Markus went to veterinary school with
the objective of getting into wildlife. During university years
he worked as a guide in Pilanesberg National Park and during
holidays at various game reserves. After qualifying as a vet,
Markus worked at a variety of practices and went to Canada for
few months where he gained some North American wildlife experience.
Back in South Africa, a stint in exotic animal medicine (dealing
with birds, monkeys, and snakes) was an important step for him.
In 1995, Markus got his break in the wildlife industry when he was employed in
Madikwe Game Reserve- where at that time the largest animal translocation in
the world was taking place. In the five years he spent there, he gained a tremendous
amount of ecological, veterinary, and management experience in wildlife translocations
and the running of a large game reserve. From there he moved to the Kruger National
Park where he currently holds the position of Principal Scientist- Veterinary
One career highlight has been his involvement with the re-introduction of the
endangered African Wild Dog into Madikwe Game Reserve. The experience gained
with the work done in Madikwe has improved the knowledge of wild dogs, and has
been used extensively in other introductions of wild dog elsewhere in South Africa.