I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, a small town in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, the youngest of seven children. I have always loved the outdoors, what it has to teach me and how it makes me feel. I now spend more than five months of every year in Mozambique.
In 2004 I was invited by the Government of Mozambique to join with them in the management of their national treasure: Gorongosa National Park. In 2008, after a three-year period of preparation, we signed a 20-year contract to collaborate.
I work with a dedicated team of Mozambicans and international people using conservation biology to restore and protect the Gorongosa ecosystem. We hope to attract many tourists to the Park not only because this magical place will thrill visitors but also because their presence and activity will create much-needed economic activity in central Mozambique.
I adore Gorongosa Park (and the concept of a “national park” in general). A well-managed national park can simultaneously provide all of the following benefits:
- Protect the earth’s biological heritage,
- Increase scientific understanding,
- Enable nature-centered media creation for education and inspiration,
- Create good jobs for people who live near the Park, and
- Enrich visitors with adventure, aesthetic and spiritual experiences.