Peter Zahler is the Asia Regional Director, Training and Capacity Building, at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Zahler has over 30 years experience in wildlife conservation. He has worked in many countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, Peru, and Venezuela and on such enigmatic species as Asiatic cheetah, markhor, hoatzin, bristle-thighed curlew, and grasshopper mouse. He designed and started the WCS Pakistan Program in 1997, the Mongolia Program in 2003, and the Afghanistan Program in 2006. Responsible for WCS’s “Temperate Asia” work, Zahler now supervises programs and projects in Arctic Siberia, the Russian Far East, Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Iran.