Carlton Ward is a conservation photographer and founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor project. Since 2010, he has trekked 2,000 miles during two National Geographic supported expeditions to advocate for the corridor’s protection. He is now working as an ambassador for the recovery of the Florida panther, a plan that calls for conservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of ranchlands and forests and across Florida.
Prep your class with the biography, resources, and discussion questions on this Teacher’s Guide.
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Andrew Stein works on human-carnivore conflict throughout East and southern Africa.
Ricardo Moreno works with local communities to monitor and protect big cats and develop solutions for coexistence between humans and jaguars.
Shivani Bhalla, a fourth-generation Kenyan, is working to safeguard the future of Kenya's rapidly declining lion populations.
Paola Bouley is the co-founder and Associate Director of Lion Conservation in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Steve Winter specializes in wildlife photography, and particularly, big cat photography.
Laly Lichtenfeld believes wild animals and humans can coexist in harmony. Residing in Tanzania, she co-founded African People & Wildlife in 2005.
Thandiwe Mweetwa is a wildlife biologist and conservation educator working to protect large carnivores with the Zambian Carnivore Programme.
Krithi K. Karanth is an associate conservation scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Vincent Van der Merwe manages the Cheetah Metapopulation Project in southern Africa through the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert are globally recognized, award-winning filmmakers, conservationists, and National Geographic explorers-in-residence.
Photos: Andrew Stein by Katy Daily, Ricardo Moreno by Mauro Colombo, Shivani Bhalla courtesy Shivani Bhalla, Paola Bouley courtesy Paola Bouley, Steve Winter courtesy Steve Winter, Laly Lichtenfeld by Cameron Zeggers, Thandiwe Mweetwa by Edward Selfe, Krithi K. Karanth by SANDESH KADUR, Vincent Van der Merwe courtesy Vincent Van der Merwe, Dereck and Beverly Joubert courtesy Dereck and Beverly Joubert, Brendan Mullan by JOHN ALTDORDER/POINT PARK UNIVERSITY, Bethany Ehlmann by Lance Hayashida/Caltech