I am a 27-year old Swiss guy, who dedicated his entire life to the animal world! Nowadays, I live in Africa, I am a member of a lion pride, my wife is a hyena and I’m a daddy of two monkeys. Besides that, I have built a global voice for our planet’s wildlife over the past two years!
Born in Switzerland (Zurich) on October 3, 1992, I was blessed to grow up in a loving family with my sister (one year older) and my parents, who were always very supportive and loving. My mother is originally from the Balkan region (Southeastern Europe), while my dad is a Swiss citizen. I discovered my deep passion for wildlife at the age of six or seven, through the legendary Steve Irwin! He was the one who brought wildlife into my living room in Zurich and inspired and educated me about all kinds of different animal species.
Even though I was so passionate about animals, I originally followed a very ordinary path to adulthood, eventually ending up in the finance industry as a financial advisor. After a very successful year, I decided to found my own company, which then, over the next three years, allowed me to generate the financial foundation to launch the Hakuna Mipaka project at the age of 23-24.
After starting my life in South Africa additional financial support form my Family allowed me to evolve and develop the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis for 2 Years without having to depend on any income sources such as offering touristic visits / programms, breeding or traiding of animals, dontations or any other monetary businesses! Now after 2 Years and lots of investments and work I finally launched the Donation Program with the Dean Schneider foundation and different other income sources are about to be launched in the next few Months / Years!
“Bringing animals into people’s hearts because – I believe – us humans only protect what we love.”
Since we humans are the root of most of the problems the animal kingdom is facing today, and we are also the only species powerful enough to make a change and save our wildlife’s future, we have to start with us!
My mission is to bring animals into people’s hearts. I want to inspire and educate people all around the world about the beauty of the animal kingdom, because I believe that we humans protect what we love. We can only love what we know and with whom we are emotionally connected! This is step number one! Once my work is done and YOU learned how to appreciate and love nature and its wildlife, than you will want to contribute to its preservation and protection. Most importantly, you will start caring about it.
THE DEAN SCHNEIDER FOUNDATION
The Dean Schneider Foundation was founded by Dean Schneider when he decided to dedicate his entire life to the animal world. It is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (charity foundation) and the fulfillment of its purpose is subject to governmental regulatory review.
The Dean Schneider Foundation initiates, supports and operates worldwide projects for the protection of animals, in particular wild animals. These include, for example, projects aimed at the protection, care and/or reintroduction of animals into the wild. It also pursues projects that highlight the importance of nature and animals while emphasizing the responsibility of treating both respectfully.
The Foundation is responsible for the development and implementation of training programs and events, which aim to raise awareness for nature and wildlife and stress the significance of animals for healthy ecosystems. In particular, the programs strive to demonstrate that the respectful “coexistence” of humans, nature and animals is perfectly possible.
Additionally, the foundation also aims to create and run facilities, in which wild animals, who have been the subject of inappropriate or illegal husbandry, can be offered a temporary or permanent home as well as the perspective of a later re-introduction into the wild (if suitable).
Finally, the Dean Schneider Foundation also supports institutions/efforts, which have the same or similar objectives.