Bibi Linden is a primatologist who was born in Winsen an der Luhe near Hamburg in Germany. She studied biology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg where she majored in Tropical Biology and Animal Ecology. In 2006 she came to the Soutpansberg for a pilot study on seed dispersal by samango monkeys which became the topic of her MSc, acquired in 2008 with distinction. Since 2011 she has been undertaking PhD research at the University of Venda on the distribution, population status and conservation of samangos in the Soutpansberg. She was previously a lecturer in the Department of Zoology at the University of Venda where she taught Conservation Biology and Animal Phylogeny. She is a member of the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve Conservation Committee, a founding member of the Samango Monkey Working Group (SMWG) and an assessor for the 2014 EWT Mammal Red List. She is also actively involved with local conservation awareness programs and is a regular contributor to local newspapers.