National Geographic Big Cats Initiative Grantee and Explorer Matt Becker has spent his life working to protect wildlife and wild places. He is the CEO and Program Manager of the Zambian Carnivore Programme, a science-based conservation organization working on all the large African carnivore species, their prey, and their habitat across Zambia. Matt's parents instilled a strong conservation ethic in him while he was growing up in Montana. This has led to his working across the world for the last 25 years on field research projects from the Arctic to Antarctica and Africa on an array of species ranging from beetles, bison, and bears to penguins, chimpanzees and spectacled eiders. Matt conducted Ph.D. research on wolves in Yellowstone National Park while at Montana State University, where he is also an Affiliate Research Faculty. For nearly the last decade, he has lived in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.