The name Waldrappteam Conservation and Research is based on the history of the company. In 2001, a team of researchers led by Johannes Fritz began flying with Northern Bald Ibises (German: Waldrapp) – hence the name Waldrappteam. Inspired by the story of Bill Lishman and the Hollywood film ‘Fly away home’, the team tested whether hand-raised juvenile Northern Bald Ibises could be trained to follow their foster parents, who co-pilot in ultralight aircraft, so that the birds could later be guided to their wintering areas.
Klara has been a member of the LIFE project team since 2023 and, as project assistant, supports the management in all large and small tasks that arise on a daily basis. She is an employee of Zoo Vienna and Waldrappteam and her main tasks currently lie in looking after the website and media databases, as well as supporting public relations. Klara studied Biology at the University of Vienna and graduated with a Master’s degree in Behavioural Neuroscience and Cognitive Biology.
Lisbet has been an employee of the company since 2022 and supports the management in various tasks that arise on a daily basis. She is also an employee of Zoo Vienna and entrusted with assistance tasks within the framework of the ongoing LIFE-project. Her main areas of work are creating and maintaining the website, managing data and supporting public relations. Lisbet studied biology at the University of Leipzig and after graduating worked for as manager for environmental education and species conservation at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany.