Meet our team
Geert Jonkers (1966) is Outplacement Coordinator, focusing predominantly on western and southern Europe. With over 10 years of zoo experience and the equivalent number of years in both rescue and outplacement within a rescue facility, Geert is the right person to create win-win situations in the interest of the animals we all work with.
A pragmatic, professional approach characterizes Geert’s attitude, searching for what binds organizations and people rather than focusing on their ‘perceived’ differences.
Upon finishing his Biology study at Wageningen University, Geert worked subsequently for 12 years at the Noorder Dierenpark (Emmen, NL) in education and animal care, and 6 months at Zoo Parc Overloon (Overloon, NL) in zoo management before joining AAP in 2003. Starting as a member of the Rescue team he gradually stepped over into animal relocation work, as of 2006 on a full time basis.
Olga Martin (1978) is staff group leader Rescue & Outplacement, responsible for the operational structure of both AAP’s animal rescue and outplacement department. She is the discussion partner for key stakeholders in this field, creating the conditions necessary to optimize AAP’s rescue and outplacement efforts. What Olga likes the most about her work is the opportunity to help animals in need and collaborate with partner organizations that share the same philosophy. It is so nice learning from each other and together making a difference!
She studied Biology and specialized in primate husbandry and welfare. Before working at AAP Almere, Olga was the director of Primadomus in Villena (Alicante).
Joris Verbruggen (1976) is Outplacement Coordinator, especially focusing on central, eastern and northern Europe. His knowledge and skills range widely from third country veterinary import demands to zoo exhibit design, from airfreight security legislation to transport planning. His strength is in deducing complex outplacement issues to practical measures that are beneficial to all parties involved. He likes finding creative solutions, and realizing strong, mutually respected relationships with zoological institutions around the world.
After writing his thesis (2002) on mixed exhibitry at AAP to successfully finish his BHons Animal Management study, Joris started his career (2004) at family park Plaswijckpark (Rotterdam, NL) as its Head of Marketing & Edutainment. In 2009 he joined AAP’s Outplacement team in his current job. He is also active as the Chair of the AAP Taxonomy Commission.
Carolien Hoogenhout (1961) is Transport Specialist and Administrative Assistant (working with ZIMS). Her main task is arranging the practical and administrative side of the transport of animals for which permanent housing has been found. Carolien also takes care of recording all details of the outplacement files of the animals concerned. Her main goal is to ensure that the animals arrive safely at their destination, while fulfilling the expectations of everyone involved.
After many years of selling musical instruments in Amsterdam, Carolien decided to make a career switch. She started at AAP in 1996 working on Sundays as a volunteer animal keeper but soon ended up spending most of her weekdays there. When a job opening became available in 1999 at the office she jumped at the opportunity. Her years of working as an animal keeper together with her knowledge of various departments in the office of AAP’s growing organisation, have attributed to Carolien’s broad range of experience in both animal rescue and outplacement. She is also a member of the editorial staff of AAP’s sponsor magazine.
Mark Schoonvliet (1965) is Transport Specialist and Administrative Assistant (working with ZIMS). Together with Carolien he arranges the complete practical side of the many outplacement transports: from all the paperwork to arranging transport boxes and tens of other important things that need to be taken care of in the process of outplacement.
Other duties include internal and external communication concerning outplacement projects, and arranging the monitoring of outplaced animals.
Mark is from Belgium and worked for several years as a great ape caretaker in Antwerp Zoo. He later went to England to work as an animal caretaker in Monkey World, Ape Rescue Centre. In 2002 he moved to the Netherlands and at AAP he started as team leader of the chimpanzee department. Since 2009 Mark works partly for outplacement and partly as an experienced caretaker in the small mammal department.