After his studies (music, philosophy and teaching degree for medical grooming), Moritz Matthies decided to become a journalist. The undercover report Nimm mich mit about the Marburg animal shelter gained him a job as an editor at the Discovery Channel, where he was responsible for high-quality documentaries, among others the nature-film-oscar nominated movie Jip und Jep – zwei Affen auf dem Highway.
At the peak of his fame, he withdrew from public. Years of wandering. Matthies traveled to the German zoos and established himself as an author for zoo catalogues. In Berlin, he met Ray's kin, an acquaintance which inspired him to write the novel Ausgefressen.