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.
A 28-year veteran of the National Geographic Society, Rob Hernandez began as a senior editor for National Geographic magazine and later founded its
International Publishing division, which publishes magazines, books, and other media in more than 35 languages. Raised in Cuba and Spain, Rob spent
his early career doing ecological field research and documenting the wildlife and culture of the world’s more remote places. He filmed a television special on lions in
Namibia, explored the wilderness of New Guinea, journeyed to rarely visited corners of South America, and circumnavigated the Indian and Pacific Oceans in a small sailboat for 2 years. He has traveled extensively in Africa, and looks forward to sharing his passion for Tanzania with National Geographic travelers.
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.
Bill Branch has been a wildlife biologist at the Port Elizabeth Museum in South Africa since 1979 and has undertaken fieldwork from Ethiopia to South Africa and Senegal to Madagascar. Bill is also a general naturalist and keen birder. He has described numerous new species and amphibians, received a grant from National Geographic to help fund his research on African reptiles, and published six books as well as many photographs and scientific articles.
Feb 08 - 18, 2014
Steve Boyes Biologist, Conservationist, Wildlife Ecologist
Conservationist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. Steve lived in the Okavango Delta for five years doing fieldwork for his doctorate in zoology, and has studied this wilderness ever since. A native of South Africa, Steve's work takes him all over Africa, studying ecology and threats to biodiversity, fighting the wild-caught bird trade, and planting thousands of trees in forest restoration projects. He has travelled extensively in East Africa and has surveyed African parrot populations in Tanzania since 2009. He currently runs the Cape Parrot Project with support from the Society’s Conservation Trust, and is the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust.
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.
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.