Co-Hosts

Co-Hosts

Pride Lion Conservation Alliance

Founded in 2015 by six leading field-based conservationists, the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance seeks to demonstrate a new model of collaboration that aims to save more lions and inspire and improve future conservation efforts. Pride’s founding members lead carnivore conservation projects in four key lion range countries, researching and protecting more than 20% of Africa’s existing wild lion population. Together, Pride’s founders have joined forces, using their collective 100+ years of experience – as leaders, influencers, strategists, and on-the-ground field conservationists – to share knowledge and replicate each other’s success across project sites to impact conservation on a meaningful scale. The Pride Alliance combines rigorous science with its community conservation efforts, collectively employing hundreds of local people and engaging thousands in its efforts each year to address the biggest threats to lions and improve the lives of local people. Pride believes that true collaboration — based on trust, transparency, and a shared commitment to ethical practices — will increase the effectiveness of its conservation efforts and ensure a future for Africa’s wild lions.

Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado STate University

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) at Colorado State University focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment. Originating from efforts pioneered by the Warner College of Natural Resources to study the application of human dimensions to natural resources  in the early 1970s, the mission of the Department is to contribute to conservation, stewardship, and the enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits. The Department offers an MS and PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, an MS in Tourism Management, and an MS in Conservation Leadership; as well as graduate certificates in Adventure Tourism, Agritourism Management, and Ski Area Management. The Department is one of seven programs in the U.S. that offers a comprehensive Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Program.