OUR TEAM

Perrine Crosmary

Perrine Crosmary

President of HISA - TV animator and director

Animator of wildlife documentaries, explorer for Canal + (french TV channel) and working now for the program Planète Safari (french TV program), she is “the special correspondent” for HISA. Trained in Archeology with a specialty in Zoology, her research led her to work on predator / prey relationships, the analysis of the relationships of the first men with wildlife. 

Her many years in the field, mainly in southern and eastern Africa, have allowed her to engage with the various actors of the protection of nature and animal welfare. Anti-poaching, scientific research, conservation program, education, surveys, within HISA, Perrine is committed against exploitation abuses and the destruction of nature and wild or domestic animals.

Jean-Pascal Arnaud

Jean-Pascal Arnaud

Secretary of HISA

Jean-Pascal is passionate about surfing, ocean and wildlife. He spent a lot of time looking for the perfect wave in the remotest corners of the planet. After a postgraduate diploma in territorial planning, he followed a rather eclectic course, from the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture to apprentice carpenter, through the creation of his online sales of organic childcare equipment. Today, he is looking for a new path, which allows him to devote more time to HISA and his other passion, photography.

Margaux Babola

Margaux Babola

Project manager for HISA - Ethologist

Young biologist specializing in ethology, Margaux worked on various projects related to behavioral themes aimed at improving and preserving the welfare of domestic and wild animals. In recent years, she has led a project in Brazil to improve cattle welfare. She also participated at a field mission in Thailand to study semi-wild Asian elephant behaviors in their natural habitat. 

Driven by a deep interest in the relationship between humans and wildlife, Margaux works for a better coexistence between wildlife and human activities. She joined the HISA team in early February 2018, and she is currently working on “SAUVAGES” project, which campaigns against animal exploitation for human entertainment. Secondly, she is involved in setting up the Makoa project in Tanzania, which aims to create a new rescue center model and, when it is possible, to reintroduce wild animals that were wounded, abused or poached.

William Crosmary

William Crosmary

HISA conservation expert - PhD in biology

William is a specialist of ecology and conservation of large mammals. He has traveled Africa for ten years in the heart of major national parks, and in their outlying areas where men and wildlife rub shoulders. 

He worked for two years at the IGF Foundation, during which time he carried out numerous field missions and co-authored numerous reports on the monitoring and status of large-scale wildlife. In particular, he is co-author of several IUCN and FAO expert reports on the status of African lion populations, and on the resolution of conflicts with local human communities. 

For three years in Zimbabwe, William was in-situ manager of the CNRS-CIRAD-Hwange Environmental Research Development project. In particular, he conducted scientific research on the hunting effects on large herbivores ecology. 

Today based between Canada and France, his research leads him to take an interest in moose populations in Quebec’s forests. 

In 2011, William participated in the creation of HISA with the main goal of working to reconcile wildlife conservation and sustainable human communities development.

Gaëlle Darmon

Gaëlle Darmon

Hyper-active member of HISA - Biologist

Gaëlle is interested in the relationship between wildlife, its habitat and human activities. Her research has led her to work in different types of ecosystems, from alpine pastures to the boreal forest. Her objective is to understand how animals adapt to their environment or what is their role in ecosystem functioning. 

It is also about determining the most effective measures to protect ecosystems. Gaëlle wants to use her experiences in research to help find concrete solutions to reconcile human activities and nature preservation.

Vanessa Rispal

Vanessa Rispal

Hyper-active member of HISA - Agronomist

Vanessa has focused on environmental issues, including water pollution, waste, multi-stakeholder problems that often characterize conflicts between humans and animals. She worked in Madagascar in a design office, in connection with national parks and agronomic sectors. Her travels have taken her to South America, Southern Africa, Asia and especially Zimbabwe where she has been involved in the protection of large carnivores such as lions and Hyenas. In 2008, she participated in documentaries about human / animal conflict around Hwange National Park in northwestern Zimbabwe.

Tommy Gaillard

Tommy Gaillard

Hyper-active member of HISA - Biologist

Tommy is a young passionate biologist specializing in behavioral ecology. During his last years of training, his main interest was the issues related to the cohabitation between man and wildlife. The urgency of preserving animal species and meeting the needs of rural populations is a dual challenge that is particularly close to his heart. His determination led him to Zimbabwe where he completed several field missions in Hwange National Park. His latest research was aimed at better understanding the underlying mechanisms of crop damage caused by elephants and baboons.

In recent decades, many means of protection have been tested to reduce the damage of large wildlife to domestic livestock and crops. Sharing the experience gained from local communities therefore is an approach that deserves to be reinforced. This is how he set up the Coexist project with the main objective of promoting the sharing of coexistence practices between different local actors around the world. Tommy joined the HISA team to complete this project. The first stage was realized in 2016 in the Alps moutains after 3 months of land between France, Switzerland and Italy.

(see https://humanwildcoexist.wordpress.com/).