2017 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Adjany Costa knows the wildlife of Southern Africa Well. She is a wildlife ethno-conservationist currently pursuing her PhD focused on the development of a Community Based Natural Resource Management Model for the Headwaters of the Okavango, Kwando and Zambezi in the Angolan highlands. Passionate about the wilderness, she has committed her career to helping save some of most remote and internationally important wilderness in Southern Africa. Adjany grew up traveling to Southern Africa's parks, and has participated in nine different expeditions in the Okavango River Basin, three of which she has led. She has received numerous recognitions for her work, including the United Nations Young Champions of the Earth award and a presidential decoration in her home country, with a Golden Medal for Civil Merit.