Adventurous by nature and with a yearning to explore the world, Gerhard pursued a business career in his first life. For almost three decades he worked and lived in busy cities like Bogotá, Caracas, Quito, Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo, Sydney, Barcelona and Johannesburg.
In the early 2000s his lifelong passion for hunting made him dedicate his time and energy to conservation hunting organizations and writing. A native of Schweinfurt/Germany and scion of a family steeped in hunting traditions since the 19th century, Gerhard never forgot his Bavarian hunting roots. Since 1981, he travels the globe to experience remote mountain regions and hunt wild sheep and goats. Hunting mountain ungulates was soon complemented with a thirst for learning more about the enigmatic Caprinae family. This eventually steered him into an almost decade-long research process and ended in the publication of the two-volume CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World.
Gerhard Damm is a member of the Bavarian Hunting Association for more than 50 years, a lifetime member of the Wild Sheep Foundation and Dallas Safari Club, a lifetime associate of the Boone and Crockett Club and serves as a member of the IUCN Caprinae Specialist Group and the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. From 2011 to 2017 Gerhard headed the Applied Science Division of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). In 2003, Gerhard founded African Indaba; he continued to edit and publish this acclaimed non-profit eNewsletter on conservation and hunting in Africa for the next 14 years.
Gerhard and his wife Conny live in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1994.