Robert Hermes

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Robert Hermes, DVM, Ph.D.(born November 15, 1969 in Celle, Germany) is a Veterinarian researcher at The Leibniz-Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. He studied veterinary medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin. He completed a Ph.D. in the field of reproductive management.


Dr. Hermes was a member of the Indianapolis Zoo team, that accomplished the world’s first successful artificial insemination of an African elephant. He completed a postdoctoral research project concentrated on the reproductive management of African elephants. Dr. Hermes is researcher in the department of reproductive management at The Leibniz-Institute of Zoo and Wildlife research. His research concentrates on the reproductive management of elephants and rhinos. Dr. Hermes has supervised doctoral candidates researching reproductive management in a variety of animal species.

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  • Robert Hermes , Deborah Olson , Frank Göritz , Janine L. Brown, Dennis L. Schmitt, David Hagan, Jeffrey S. Peterson , Guido Fritsch , Thomas B. Hildebrandt Ultrasonography of the estrous cycle in female African elephants (Loxodonta africana.) Zoo Biology, Volume 19, Issue 5 , Pages 369 - 382