As director of CI's online communications, you might imagine Lani spends most of her time in front of her computer. Not if she can help it - and with each trip to the field, she's convinced that the next best thing to being there is developing a way for others to learn about conservation by following along, at least "virtually".
An accidental environmentalist, Jen came to CI as a web developer. She has a passion for animals and beautiful places, and is happy to bring CI's mission and work to a wide audience via the Web. This expedition marks her first trip to the field as well as to Africa.
Sharon manages the Gudigwa Ecotourism Project for CI. She's the "glue" in the project and has used her many talents to secure funding, oversee construction and training and develop community support for Gudigwa Camp
Biologist and Elephant Researcher, CI Botswana
Mike's passion for elephants is contagious, and through his research in the Okavango region, he's ensuring that these majestic treasures are protected for many lifetimes to come.
Dr. John "Tico" McNutt
Biologist, Wild Dog Research Project, Botswana
Tico began tracking Africa's wild dogs in 1989. Now head of the Botswana Predator Conservation Program, he's dedicated his life's work to protecting conserving these canines and their habitat. Tico and Lesley's book, "Running Wild", chronicles the life and behaviors of his endearing subjects.
Anthropologist, Maun, Botswana
Through her work with communities and farmers in the Okavango Region, Lesley focuses her efforts on building awareness for the plight of the wild dogs, one of the most endangered species in Africa.
Biologist and Wild Dog Researcher, University of California Davis
Matt was first introduced to wild dogs on a project in South America. He volunteered to help Tico at the Wild Dog Research camp last year for a few months then returned again this year. Now he's focusing his own PhD work on protecting wild dogs.