Sam Puls

Wildlife Biologist – Volunteered in projects around the World – Specialised in mammals

Sam Puls is a wildlife biologist based in Belgium. He wants to share stories within the wildlife biology and conservation world. That was the beginning of Wildlife Impulse…

Sam developed a huge passion for wildlife. His main interest focuses on wildlife (carnivore) conservation and human-wildlife interactions. Additionally, he is interested in how ecotourism can contribute to conservation. This passion has brought him to different places around the world, including projects in Canada, Botswana, South Africa, Slovakia, Sweden, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Cambodia

Sam Puls measuring a bear track


Sam Puls is a graduated biologist from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. During his biology education, he took the opportunity to go on a 3 weeks internship to Tanzania, a 6 months Erasmus exchange program in Lund (Sweden), and a field internship to Poland. After his MSc, he did an additional course in Wildlife Biology at the Grimsö Wildlife Research Station in Sweden (2.5 months).

Sam gained a lot of fieldwork experiencemostly on camera trapping (quick overview). His first experience was 3,5 months in a grizzly bear research project about the interaction between wildlife and humans in Canada (Summer of 2013). The next summer, he got accepted for 3 projects in Southern Africa (1 month Botswana and 4,5 month South Africa). 

In 2012, he participated in the White Wilderness project. This is an ongoing project from the Slovak Wildlife Society, which is focused on snow tracking of wildlife. Although their main interests are wolves and lynxes, prey species are also continued to be monitored. Between 2013 and 2017, he got the opportunity to go back as a staff member (Volunteer Team Leader) to share this nice experience with new volunteers. This project is also collecting DNA samples (hairs, faeces, urine, blood) for analysis. Furthermore, Sam was responsible for the pick-up and drop off of the volunteers, safety talks, looking after the equipment, collecting data, arranging data entering on the computer, general welfare of the volunteers, … Additional to the White Wilderness project, between 2015 and 2017 Sam was also a staff member in a 1-week program with students from the University of Wolverhampton.

Continuously looking for opportunities, Sam got in touch with Operation Wallacea and became a Mammal Scientist in  Mexico (2015) and Honduras (2016), where he conducted monitoring projects with students. Both after Mexico and Honduras, he went to Belize and joined the research team from Panthera Belize.

In 2018, Sam joined a BINCO expedition to Cambodia. During the summer he went to the Swedish Arctic Fox project to volunteer there for 1 month.

To summarize, Sam gained knowledge about field work, data collection and working with volunteers.

Sam Puls

Wildlife-related field positions

Each project has its own page with some additional information and links to blog posts.

Swedish Arctic Fox project
July 2018

BINCO Cambodia
April – May 2018
Biodiversity Inventory with Binco vzw 

Slovakia: White Wilderness
Winter 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017
Staff member at Slovak Wildlife Society 
(1-3 months each year)

Opwall Honduras 
June – August 2016
Mammal Scientist in Cusuco National Park
with Operation Wallacea 

Panthera Belize/ERI (Environmental Research Institute)
1st visit: September 2015 – December 2015
2nd visit: August – September 2016 (3 weeks)
Volunteer (Office & Fieldwork)

Opwall Mexico
Summer 2015
Mammal Scientist in Calakmul National Park 
with Operation Wallacea 

Southern Africa: Botswana & South Africa
Summer 2014
– Field Assistant in Botswana for a PhD project
from BiK-F (1 month)
– Predator Research Assistant
with Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) (4 months)
– Field Assistant at Urban Caracal Project,
Cape Town (3 weeks)

Canadian Rockies
Summer 2013
Volunteer Field Technician
at University of Alberta (4 months)

More Info

In case of interest, don’t hesitate to get in touch


More Info:
Sam Puls on LinkedIn
Sam Puls on ResearchGate

Chobe-Botswana- Sam Puls
Sam Puls Over-viewing the options

Articles/Blogs by Sam Puls

Where to watch wildlife in Cambodia?

Where to watch wildlife in Cambodia? Here you will find a short overview of my recommended places to visit in Cambodia if you are wildlife minded. This page Where to watch wildlife in Cambodia is a combination of personal visits ...

Cambodia: One month wandering around looking for wildlife

Cambodia One month wandering around looking for wildlife I went to Cambodia to participate in an expedition from BINCO, in cooperation with WWF Belgium and WWF Cambodia. If you want more information about my experiences and links to the organisations, ...
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Kdan Mekong 2018

Kdan Mekong 2018 A BINCO Expedition to Cambodia April/May 2018Binco vzw organised an expedition to Kratie, Cambodia. The aim if the project was mainly to study the endangered hog deer. Binco took the chance to use this opportunity ...
Budget wildlife holidays

How to prepare for budget wildlife holidays

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Animal tourism attractions to avoid

Animal tourism attractions to avoid

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Google Earth Pro: Basics for Research Use – 2) Importing, organising & Exporting

Google Earth Pro: Basics for Research Use Importing, Organising & Exporting Google Earth is a great way to visualise your geographical data without too much prior knowledge. In the first post of this series, you learned how to install and ...
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Gringo Trails – Responsible travel with respect for culture and wildlife

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Romania 2008: Carpathian Mountains & Brasov

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Wildlife News January 2018

Wildlife News January 2018

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