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National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration since 1888, investing in bold people and transformative ideas to increase understanding of our world and generate solutions for a healthy, more sustainable future for generations to come. National Geographic’s ultimate vision is a planet in balance. To help move toward that goal, National Geographic has launched a decade-long initiative to help protect the last wild places on our planet.
 
In order to ensure that the natural resources that sustain life on Earth are protected in perpetuity, National Geographic is partnering with leading conservation organizations that have proven track records in securing large landscapes and have made lifelong commitments to protecting specific regions of the world. As a partner in National Geographic’s Last Wild Places initiative, American Prairie Reserve (APR) and National Geographic are working to capture best practices; amplify the scale of conservation efforts like these; and jointly develop and share tools, technology, and training that will greatly increase impact in the broader conservation sector. 
 
In working to restore a complete and fully functioning prairie ecosystem by creating the largest nature reserve in the continental United States, APR is focusing on research, exploration, and storytelling to help create protected areas; deploying state-of-the-art technology to monitor the state of ecosystems and wildlife both in Montana and globally and, finally, building capacity locally to improve the effectiveness of protected area management. Through this partnership, National Geographic is supporting two Fellows who are moving critical pieces of conservation work forward and are communicating these efforts to a global audience: Dr. Daniel Kinka, APR Wildlife Restoration Manager, and Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, a large carnivore biologist.
 
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Pronghorn on the Reserve

American Prairie Reserve is a partner in National Geographic's Last Wild Places initiative, which aims to help protect the natural wonders that allow people and wildlife to thrive. Read more about the initiative on the National Geographic website. 

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Dr. Daniel Kinka
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Dr. Daniel Kinka
Dr. Kinka is American Prairie Reserve's Wildlife Restoration Manager and a National Geographic Society Tech Fellow. He is a wildlife ecologist interested in social-ecological systems, human-wildlife conflict management and conservation.
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Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant
Dr. Wynn-Grant is a National Geographic Society Fellow working on the Reserve. She is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how humans can influence the patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology.