A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Jeannette Hanby has been guiding educational safaris in East Africa for more than 30 years. She earned her PhD for behavioural research on Japanese monkeys, and is fascinated by the mechanisms that keep social groups of any species together. She first came to Tanzania in 1974 to study social carnivores, running the Serengeti Lion Project with husband David Bygott. Since then, she has been active in conservation education and interpretive design. She has established a conservation education program for Tanzanian schools and helped create educational displays in several of the national parks. She has written books on subjects as diverse as lions, kanga fabrics, and human origins.
Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Laly Lichtenfeld began her work in East Africa as a Fulbright Scholar researching community-based conservation in 1996. She went on to co-found the African People & Wildlife Fund with her husband, and currently lives in Tanzania at their Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative supports Laly’s inspirational work to conserve lions, leopards, and cheetahs in partnership with rural people. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University, where she continues to act as a research affiliate.
Zoologist Amy Dickman has worked in Africa for more than
13 years. She spent six years at the Cheetah Conservation
Fund in Namibia, conducted research on human-carnivore
conflict in Tanzania, and holds the Kaplan Senior Research Fellowship in Wild Cat Conservation at Oxford University. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is supporting
Amy’s current project, which focuses on large carnivore ecology in Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape and strives to minimize human-carnivore conflict on village land adjacent to Ruaha National Park.
Biologist and artist David Bygott first came to Tanzania in 1969 to work on Jane Goodall's National Geographic-funded team studying wild chimpanzees. David spent four years as a lion biologist for the Serengeti Lion Project, researching lion behavior in northern Tanzania. He later taught zoology to future wildlife managers at the University of Dar es Salaam. David worked with Dian Fossey sketching gorillas, and has contributed illustrations to numerous East African guidebooks and to National Geographic magazine. David and his wife lived in Tanzania for more 25 than years.
Conservation biologist and National Geographic grantee Rosemary Groom grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to the United Kingdom for secondary school and university. After graduating with a degree in zoology, Rosemary moved back to Africa and has since worked on a variety of wildlife conservation and research projects in eastern and southern Africa. National Geographic's Conservation Trust and its Big Cats Initiative have both funded Rosemary's work, and she was the scientific advisor for a National Geographic film on wild dogs. Rosemary currently works in southern Zimbabwe on a Society-sponsored conservation project protecting the endangered African wild dog, and she does ongoing work with African lions.