Andreas Kieling was born in 1959 in Gotha, Germany. In 1976, he made an adventurous escape from East Germany, climbing over the Berlin wall. Beginning in 1977, he travelled the world as a sailor on several German merchant ships before studying forestry education in North Germany.
In 1986, Kieling began long professional stays abroad in Africa, Asia and North America before serving as a forest advisor in China, India and Pakistan. Adapting his love of nature into a career in wildlife film making, Kieling has been involved in wildlife documentary film making since 1990, creating programmes for National Geographic Channel, ZDF, ARD and the BBC. In 2008, he was awarded a BBC Wildscreen Panda Award.
Kieling lives with his wife and two sons on a farm in the Eifel Mountains of Germany.