Our teams

Wether in France or in the Philippines, our teams are eager to act for the preservation of the binturong and its environment. Education, scientific research, conservation actions, ... Each domain has a specialist in ABConservation, thus, don't hesitate to contact us for any request.

The Board of Directors

Pauline Kayser

President of ABConservation
Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Arboreal Homos sapiens
Gender: Female
Diet: The sweeter it is, the more she enjoys it
Location: Jungle of Paris
Distinctive features: Loud and communicative laugh, formidable tantrums
Personality: Lively and sociable, like the binturong
Favorite hobbies: hiking, climbing, petting her cats, taking care of animals, reading, watching dramas and listening to music
Pauline has been working as a zookeeper since 2012 with the binturongs of the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes, in Paris. She quickly fell for the shaggy hair and the lively and sociable nature of binturongs. Concerned about their fate in captivity as much as in their natural environment, and being eager to know more about them, she realized after a lot of research that the species is both unknown and threatened. In 2014, she decided to create an association that aims to promote knowledge and protection of this species. Arctictis Binturong Conservation was born!

Agathe Debruille

co-president of ABConservation

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Diet: Omnivorous with frugivorous tendencies
Location: Nantes, France
Distinctive features: Sheer white skin that tends to become invisible, bruises easily
Personality: Sweet but energetic, motivated and persistant
Favorite hobbies: Dancing, having drinks with friends and taking care of animals of course!

Name of her favorite binturong: Baliti

Agathe took advantage of her veterinary studies to do several internships with wildlife, which eventually brought her to the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes, in Paris, in January 2016. During her experience there she got to know the binturong and literally fell under the spell of this species that is so endearing with its Yoda ears. Agathe naturally found her place in the association as scientific officer. Taking more and more responsibilities in the association, she became Co-President in May 2018 and then leave France to volunteer in the Philippines from September 2018 to March 2020. Since she came back to France, she handle the research program from abroad and manage the educational branch.

Murielle Vergniol

Education officer Philippines

Kingdom: Animal with a photosynthetic tendency (loves the sun)
Class: Mammal
Species: Undetermined, but must belong to Felids
Gender: Female
Diet: Mangovore
Location: Forêts tropicales toulousaines
Distinctive features: A bit crazy, marvels at details that may seem insignificant
Personality: Always on board, execrable when she is tired
Favorite hobbies: Acting for biodiversity and for others, zero waste, dreaming, stargazing, hibernating (significant drop in activity below 25 °C)

Murielle got in touch with ABConservation for the first time in late 2015, while doing her Master's degree in Ecology, for an internship application. The Bearcat Study Program was only at the project planning stage at that time, so we advised her to contact us again the following year. In 2016, Murielle came to help ABConservation during educational interventions in France. And in 2018, we naturally offered her a volunteer position as Scientific Assistant and Junior Project Manager, for 5 months, based in the Philippines. In 2019, she flew back to Palawan as our Educational Programs Officer. She cam back in France in March 2020 and lands a hand now and then.

Melissa Perrigon

Secretary of ABConservation

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Diet: Omnivorous
Location: Hauts-de-seine
Distinctive features: Known for her glasses and her characteristic pout on pictures
Personality: Quiet, loyal, quirky sense of humor
Favorite hobbies: Eating ("Food is Life") ; vaguely trying some art activity, giving up, moving on to another

Melissa met Agathe during her veterinary studies. Being passionate about wildlife and its conservation as well, after working in small-animal practices she left to volunteer in a rehabilitation center in Cambodia, then went to complete a Masters degree in Wild Animal Health in London. When she got back in France, she talked with Agathe about binturongs and the work of ABConservation, she wanted to give a hand to the association. In May 2018, she was given the role of secretary: she is in charge of proofreading most publications, assists in the translation of texts into English and attends meetings with Pauline and Agathe.

Frédéric Premier

Treasurer of ABConservation

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Diet: Omnivorous with a tendency to smoke cigarettes and drink wine
Location: Paris, France
Distinctive features: Long neck and flat feet
Personality: Calm and patient, and almost perfect
Favorite hobbies: Board games, walking, volleyball

After studying radioprotection physics and completing an engineering degree, he is hired by the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). In 2011, at the same time as his partner Pauline, he discovered binturongs. He is above all the first person to show support to our president in this great adventure, and has been involved in the life of the association since its earliest beginnings, particularly through the write-up of articles, at first without being an official bureau member. He naturally accepted, in 2016 during the association General Meeting, the position of secretary, then in 2018 he took on the role of treasurer (as he’s more comfortable with numbers).

The educational branch - ABConservation Pays de la Loire

Agathe Debruille

Branch manager

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Diet: Omnivorous with frugivorous tendencies
Location: Nantes, France
Distinctive features: Sheer white skin that tends to become invisible, bruises easily
Personality: Sweet but energetic, motivated and persistant
Favorite hobbies: Dancing, having drinks with friends and taking care of animals of course!

Agathe took advantage of her veterinary studies to do several internships with wildlife, which eventually brought her to the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes, in Paris, in January 2016. During her experience there she got to know the binturong - a species she had discovered when she was younger, when visiting The Menagerie - and literally fell under the spell of this species that is so endearing with its Yoda ears. Her internship allowed her to complete her veterinary thesis on stress in captive binturongs, and Agathe naturally found her place in the association as scientific officer. Taking more and more responsibilities in the association, she became Co-President in May 2018 and is also a full-time volunteer for the Bearcat Study Program in the Philippines since October 2018.
Mathilde coupée

Mathilde Rebuffaud

Educational programs officer of the branch

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Diet: Végétalienne
Location: Dans ses basket
Distinctive features: En tout cas pas les chaussures, ça change tout le temps !
Personality: A la fois calme et dynamique, sociable et solitaire, … mais toujours engagée.
Favorite hobbies: Souvent observée à cuisiner, faire du yoga ou jouer à des jeux de société.

Très tôt passionné par les musées, la nature et les sciences, Mathilde effectua tout naturellement ses études au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Tombé par hasard dans la marmite de la médiation scientifique elle décida d’en faire sa carrière et compléta son master en sciences naturelles par un master en médiation des sciences à l’ENS.  C’est en 2013 qu’elle rencontre Pauline alors qu’elle travaillait aussi à la Ménagerie, en tant que responsable pédagogique. Elle participe alors à aider ABConservation dans l’organisation des journées internationales du Binturong au Muséum ou encore pour leur participation a des évènements tels que la Fête de la Nature ! Depuis cette rencontre, elle a toujours gardé contact avec Pauline et Agathe et participe désormais aux activités de l’association en tant que responsable pédagogique en France.

If you want to know more about our educational actions in France, you can visit its dedicated website (French only).

L'équipe Philippine

Jib L. Ninal

Research Project Coordinator

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens 
Gender: Male
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Romain Pageaud

Public Relation Officer
Volontaire de Solidarité Internationale

 

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Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens 
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Princess Joy Deriada

Research assistant
Student in environemental management Msc

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Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens
Gender: Female
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Laura Da Silva

Project officer for the PWRCC Renovation Program
Volontaire associatif

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens 
Gender: Female
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If you also want to be part of the team:

ABConservation

French Office
57 rue Cuvier MNHN CP31
75005 Paris
France
Filipino Office
79 Abanico Road, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa city
5300 Palawan
 

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