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Greg Carr

Greg Carr

  • 2010 — Speaker, Special Guest

For a man who made his fortune in the high-tech industry, Greg Carr spends an awful lot of time living in a tent. Carr, an Internews Network board member, spends about every other month living and working in a remote region of the war-torn East African country of Mozambique. In one of the largest privately funded environmental projects in Africa, Carr has committed to spend up to $40 million in a comprehensive, 20-year effort to restore a remarkable national park in the center of Mozambique. And he is taking a very hands-on approach, meeting regularly with villagers and tribal elders in the region. Encompassing over 125,000 square miles of savannas and wetlands, Gorongosa National Park once had the densest wildlife in all of Africa, and hosted more lions than any place in the world. After 16 years of civil war, this former international tourist destination is a shadow of its former self. "Gorongosa Park is a world treasure of biodiversity," says Carr. "Many of the thousands of species present have not yet been studied or named. Moreover, at one time Gorongosa had the largest density of lions in the world and we hope to restore those numbers."