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 Head

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

Secretary - Scientific officer

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 assists Pauline in administrative tasks.

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, Frederic 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

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Mathilde Rebuffaud

Educational programs officer of the branch

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Diet: Vegan
Location: In her shoes
Distinctive features: Not her shoes, it changes everyday!
Personality: Calm and dynamic, sociable and solitary,... but always engaged!
Favorite hobbies: Often observed cooking, practicing yoga or playing board games.

Early passionated by museums, nature and sciences, Mathilde naturally makes her studies at the National Natural History Museum of Paris, France. Fallen by chance into the pot of scientific mediation, she decides to carreer there, and completes her Msc in natural sciences by a Msc in scientific mediation at the ENS. She meets Pauline in 2013, while working at La Ménagerie as educational officer. She then helps ABConservation in the organisation of events such as the World Binturong Day and the Feast of Nature! Since this meeting, she kept in touch with Pauline and Agathe and she paticipates now in the activities of the organisation as educational program officer in France.

Thomas Claisse

Volunteering animator South of France

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal / Bird but swims very well
Species: Unknown
Gender: Male
Diet: Detritivore
Location: Half of the South of France, where the weather is nice
Distinctive features: Hair looking like thos of a poodle, before of after grooming depending on the weather!
Personality: Fully moody, way too funny but very modest
Favorite hobbies: Singing, animal photography and hikking in natural places

Thomas curently works at EcoZonia, as zoo keeper, where he takes care of very big cats, bears or owls. He takes care of animals in zoological institutions for more than 4 years, going everywhere in France. He discovers ABConservation in his workplace, which gives financial support to the organisation. Very fast, he wants more and get in contact with us to volunteer and animate educational interventions in other zoos, in shcools or during one-time events. This is how he fell in love with the binturong, concerned by raising awareness to its cause, the threats that hungs over them and make this species famous.
 

Murielle Vergniol

Animatrice bénévole

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.

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

Filipino team

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Romain Pageaud

Public Relation Manager
International solidarity volunteer

 

Kingdom: Animal

Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens 
Gender: Male
Diet: to be improved
Location: Palwan
Distinctive features: loves the heat and always drinks frozen
Personality: Curieux, désireux d’améliorer les choses
Favorite hobbies: a bande dessinée, le manga, « aller voir ailleurs si j’y suis »

Roimain studied in business school, making project and team management his first choice.
During his education, he seizes an opportunity to discover the environment of international solidarity while he made a gap year in the Philippines. Fallen under the spell, he decides to follow the adventure in social and pedagogical environment in Infonesia, Cambodia and Philippines, in schools and NGOs. After about ten years, he gets back to Europe where he works in social environment.

The wish for a new adventure being itching, he candidates for a job offer from ABConservation in 2020. Recruited early 2020, he finally leaves in August 2021 as Public Relation Officer with a International Solidarity volunteering contract.

Aymeric Dufresnoy

Research Project Manager
"Volontaire associatif"

Kingdom: Animal
Class: Mammal
Classification : Primate - Haplorrhinian - Simiiform - Catarrhinian - Hominoid - Hominin - Homo sapiens 
Gender: Male

Age : Half old, half young
Diet: Vegetarian but weak-minded so don't offer him meat because he will accept it...
Location: Where his legs are taking him
Distinctive features: After a wrong manupilation with his neurones, he makes way too many puns (not always fun)
Personality: Naturalist lover and crazy adventurer
Favorite hobbies: Far from being a pro, he loves photography more and more

Biologist specialised in biodiversity conservation, Aymeric has worked on coral fish in French Polynesia, wild bees aroung Paris and Chimpanzees in Guinea. As Covid didn’t help him to find a job in France, he widened his research area to the rest of the world. He has been recruited in January 2022 as Research Project manager and left FRance at the beginning of the year for Palawan, to study, understand and preserve this "bear cat" better known as Binturong.

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Princess Joy Deriada

Research assistant
Student in environemental management Msc

Kingdom: Animal 
Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens
Gender: Female
Diet: Drinking coffee is like eating rice it should be three times a day
Location: Palawan Island, Philippines

Distinctive features: easy to laugh
Personality: Casual
Favorite hobbies:Biking and hiking

Princess Joy is a graduate of Bachelors of Science in Biology major in preparatory medicine. Being involved in indigenous community in her undergraduate study Princess started to love the community and become more involved in environmental conservation. Princess Joy get in touch with ABconservation for the first time last July 2020 as this become her first job. She is part of the ABConservation as a student intern and assigned as research student assistant. She is currently studying Masters of Science in Environmental Management where the organization pays her school fees and at the same time her internship is part of the program of ABConservation aiming to help Filipino students to attend graduate school and obtain their masters degree specifically with Environment Management.

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Rollyna Marie Domingo

Research assistant

Kingdom: Animal 
Class: Mammal
Species: Homo sapiens
Gender: Female
Diet:coffee (you can never have too much), pasta for quick and easy meals

Location: Palawan Island, Philippines

Distinctive features:glasses, short hair, and her really tanned skin
Personality: Ca cat person, owns too many weekly planners and stickers
Favorite hobbies:illustration and photography

Rollyna is a budding wildlife biologist and illustrator originally based in Cavite and Laguna. She graduated from University of the Philippines Los Baños where she majored in Wildlife Biology in July 2021. Other than her academic track, working and leading an environmental organization in university allowed her to fall in love with conservation and sustainability initiatives. She got in touch with ABConservation through her academic adviser and pursuing an undergraduate thesis about Binturongs. Her thesis focused on predicting the possible distribution of binturongs in Palawan based on available records. She was recruited in January 2022 and is now a research assistant under ABConservation.

If you also wish to join one of those teams, you can access to volunteering offers on the page:

ABConservation

French Office
57 rue Cuvier MNHN CP31
75005 Paris
France
Filipino Office

88 Paduga Road, Barangay santa Monica

Puerto Princesa City

5300 Palawan, Philippines

 

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