Matt Becker

Becker is chief executive officer of the African Wild Dog Conservation Trust, where he is working to save the second-most endangered carnivore in Africa. Only 2,000 to 5,000 of the dogs remain in the wild, primarily in protected reserves, but Becker’s organization is working to preserve the species and its habitat through research, community education and cooperative conservation efforts. He’s pursued alliances with the World Wildlife Fund and authorities in Zambia, where many of the dogs survive. This isn’t Becker’s first work with endangered species: Prior to going to Africa, he studied gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park.