Born and raised in Germany Goetz Schuerholz finished his under-graduate studies and a Master degree in Forestry at the University of Freiburg. Specializing in wildlife ecology he continued his graduate studies at UBC where he received a Master degree in 1971. He then returned to the University of Freiburg where he received his doctorate degree in wildlife ecology. From 1973 until 1976 he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a wildlife ecologist, stationed at headquarters in Rome with responsibility for wildlife conservation projects in Anglophone Africa, and Asia. After his transfer to Santiago, Chile, he assumed responsibilities for FAO's wildlife- and conservation related activities in Latin-and Central America.
His international work has taken him around the globe where he has been instrumental in effectively placing a total of more than 50 million
Part of his professional work in the late 70s and early 80s concentrated on comprehensive ungulate research projects
In 1985 Goetz Schuerholz purchased a Wilderness Concession from the Government of BC which he incorporated under the BC Company Act