National Geographic Explorer Hans Cosmas Ngoteya is a conservationist from Tanzania with a passion for filming and photography. He is a co-founder of the Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization, which focuses on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods through sustainable environmental practices. Hans has a deep interest in creating awareness around conservation and developing resources for conservation education. For the past three years, he's designed and worked on a project called “Vijana na Mazingira,” which means “Youths and the Environment,” in a remote village in eastern Tanzania. The project’s location neighbors one of the country’s largest national parks, where he works with communities on sustainable environmental practices.
His ultimate goal is to develop and explore practical solutions to solving emerging conservation challenges and help communities co-exist with wildlife. National Geographic has awarded a grant to Hans to promote human and wildlife co-existence in Tanzania. He was among the first group of grantees selected for National Geographic’s Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.