SAVE THE GIRAFFES TEAM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR • PRESIDENT
FRED BERCOVITCH
​​​Fred’s childhood dream was to become Tarzan. He has always loved animals and the outdoors, spending one summer hiking from Yosemite National Park to Mount Lassen on the Pacific Crest Trail before it was completed. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA following a two year study of baboons in Kenya. He then became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wisconsin Primate Center studying rhesus monkeys before becoming a Staff Scientist at the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Puerto Rico. In 2000, he moved to San Diego to begin work as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Biology at the San Diego Zoo and in 2010, he accepted a position as Professor at Kyoto University in Japan in order to help launch a new program that was designed to recruit graduate students from around the world who wanted pursue an advance degree studying wildlife biology, conservation, or primatology. In addition to giraffes, baboons, and rhesus monkeys, he has studied elephants in Africa and the zoo, koalas in Australia and the zoo, snow monkeys in Japan, and California condors, Nile lechwe [an African antelope], and cheetahs in the zoo. When not working, Fred thrives on hiking, camping, reading, sports, politics, and the news.
VICE PRESIDENT
ASHLEY DAVISON 
Hailing from the entrepreneurial world, Ashley Scott Davison is a Director-Editor-Producer of documentary motion pictures with more than a decade of experience in the creative development field. Ash graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 with a degree in Fashion Design and later attended Colorado Film School where he honed his cinematic craft. As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Ash founded a boutique film production company known as Iniosante in 2004. Headquartered in New Braunfels, Texas, Ash and his team have worked on hundreds of productions since that time. His years of work have led him to the wilds of Africa producing documentaries on a quest to protect our environment. Ashley has served on a number of boards and committees aimed at steering economic development in his local community where he resides with his wife, two boys, two dogs, and two Jeeps. Always the passionate storyteller, if Ash is not making a movie then you can be sure he’s planning one. 
 
SECRETARY • TREASURER
TIFFANY SOECHTING
Tiffany started her career at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in 1985, less than a year after of their opening.  In that over 30 year span of time, she has been a part of their giraffe program.  She has witnessed first hand the growth spawned from the founding sire and dam into a program with two established breeding herds that have produced over 25 offspring and now the 4th generation to live and thrive in their safe home-away from-home.  Tiffany is the head caretaker of giraffe babies that have required extra nurturing and hand rearing.  Her 'biggest baby', Buddy, was born in 2013.  He is one of the 9th known living giraffe twins born in the last 200 years.  Buddy was the spark of inspiration and the first step of a journey that lead to the formation of this organization.  Her career and personal life revolve around her family and their collective interest in raising and caring for animals.  She has developed the educational programs and materials for Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, as well as the marketing and public relations programs.   That 30 years of knowledge and experience is what she is bringing to help Save The Giraffes.​