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 the production of human / animal conflict documentaries around the Hwange National Park in northwestern Zimbabwe. Today, she contributes to the protection of the marine environment by setting up and the management of marine protected areas on the Aquitaine coast and works every day to combine human activities and the natural environment, always prioritizing ambitious biodiversity protection objectives.

Tommy Gaillard

Tommy Gaillard

Hyper-active member of HISA - Biologist

During his studies in behavioral ecology, Tommy was enamored of the theme of coexistence between human and wildlife, as determined to meet the needs and well-being of rural populations as the preservation of wildlife.

He first conducted research in Zimbabwe, where he developed and piloted a study on baboon and elephant damage to crops near Hwange National Park. Part of this work was published and presented at the International Congress of Primatology in Rome in 2015.

Nurtured by his experiences, he joined the HISA team, attracted by his interdisciplinary approach and his values ​​towards the world of life. It was with his support that he made his first documentary “The challenges of coexistence: Man and Wolf in the Alps” to bring constructive reflections around this complex issue. This work followed the birth of ENCOSH to co-develop the first participatory international platform of exchange of practices to coexist with wild mammals. In parallel, Tommy contributed as a consultant to the RESSOURCE project with FAO and CIRAD and to the writing of a book of the World Bank on the issues of coexistence between humans and large wildlife.

Having arrived in French Guiana at the end of 2017, he went to meet various local structures which led to the implementation of the COFEEL project for a sustainable coexistence between breeding activities and the preservation of big cats.

Through his various experiences and works, Tommy has acquired various complementary skills, notably related to the coordination and animation of multi-partner projects, research in human sciences and behavioral ecology, environmental education, accompaniment with breeders and student training, and video reporting.

To find out more about the projects and productions produced, see:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tommy-gaillard-64795886/