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Marjolein Schoe graduated from Utrecht University in 2007 as a Master of Science in Animal Biology, with a personal interest in ethology and ecology. During her studies she got involved with lion conservation and co-founded the Leo Foundation in 2008. She participated in several field studies abroad, studying birds, bats and large carnivores. She is now employed at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the executive agency for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. As permit officer for the CITES Management Authority Netherlands she assesses permit applications for the import and (re-)export of CITES-listed species and applications for certificates for trade in CITES-listed species within the borders of the European Union. In addition, she co-writes newsletters and articles on CITES-topics. As permit officer for the EU Zoo Regulation Act she evaluates applications for (changes in) zoo licenses. In her spare time she is involved with ‘Dierenambulance Utrecht en omstreken’. A regional animal rescue ambulance that offers help to domestic and wild animals in distress. After a few years of volunteering, she also accepted the position of chairman in 2013.

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