Jani has a degree in Tourism and 20 years experience of working with bears. He worked alongside his father from the start to develop Martinselkonen as a bear-watching centre, and in 2008 became one of the owners of Boreal Wildlife Centre when the new company was started. Jani has lived most of his life in Suomussalmi. Since he was a little boy he has been fishing, picking berries and hunting here, so knows these forests and their wildlife extremely well. His favourite hobbies are mountain biking and training his Irish setter, Kiki.