Grant Bemis

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Grant Bemis: Digital Assets Coordinator | USAGrant Bemis is an accomplished photographer, media specialist, educator, environmental advocate, and expedition planner. He has a masters in Exploration Science from the University of Miami, and his work experience as a conservationist, field logistics manager, and photojournalist continues to bring him to unique and critically important spaces. His work and passion for ecology have ... Read More

Welcome, Ana!

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Ana Lemos, Legado's newest Program Manager, is a political scientist by training, with experience in community conservation projects, including capacity building programs, project management, and partnership management. Born in Venezuela and raised in the United States, Ana has always been interested in studying people and their environment. In 2009, she received her BA from Florida International University in Political Science ... Read More

Welcome: Sebastian

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In September 2021, we welcomed Sebastian Leure Lerapayo to the Legado Team as a Thriving Futures™ Ambassador to lead the Legado:Namunyak collaboration. Sebastian was born and raised in Wamba, Samburu County in Kenya and continues to work with his community, which is predominantly Samburu pastoralists. In 2013, Sebastian graduated from Mount Kenya University with a degree in Human Resource Management. ... Read More

Welcome, Alaka: Legado’s New Board Member

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Alaka Wali, PhD, is the curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division of the Field Museum in Chicago. And in January 2022, she became the newest member of Legado's Board of Directors. Professionally, Alaka was the founding director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change from 1995-2010. During that time, she pioneered the development of ... Read More

Reflections on the Legacy Expedition

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In November 2021, Charlie Harrison joined the Legado team in Kenya for ten days of connection, creativity and adventure on our most recent Legacy Expedition. Alongside other friends of Legado, Charlie helped to host our signature three-day Legacy Workshop with leaders from the Samburu communities. During my time in Wamba, Kenya with the Legado team, I witnessed Legado embarking on ... Read More

Welcome Matt!

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Matt attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for both his undergraduate degrees in conservation biology, Latin American/Caribbean/Iberian Studies, and Spanish and his Master’s degree in environmental conservation with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His environmental conservation capstone project allowed him to work with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission where his project focused on identifying the needs of different ... Read More

Majka on the Lookfar Podcast: Voices from the Wild

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Legado Founder & Executive Director, Majka Burhardt, chats with Lookfar CEO, Scott Stone, and guest host, Barbara Merz of Pathfinder International about Legado, Thriving Futures™ and blowing open why Legado isn't playing in just the conservation lane, or just the development lane, but is in hot pursuit of Thriving Futures for all. Note: please skip ahead to 4:45 to start ... Read More

Welcome Tita!

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We are thrilled to welcome Diana "Tita" Alvira, PhD, to the Legado team as our Director of Thriving Futures™. Tita joins us after over 12 years at Chicago's Field Museum where she has been a driving force in the museum's community-centered conservation work in the Andes-Amazon. Dr. Corine Vriesendorp, the Director of the Andes-Amazon Program at the Field Museum, shared ... Read More

The Guardians of Reteti

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In November, we’re taking six friends of Legado to Kenya for our 2021 Legacy Expedition. As part of this experience, participants will visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, a that cares for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim of releasing them back into nearby wild herds. Reteti is operated by the Samburu communities of the Namunyak Community Conservancies, Legado’s ... Read More

Up in the Air Over the Mathews Range

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For the next three years Legado is in partnership with Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organization that has been working since the 1980s to support community-run conservancies across northern and coastal Kenya.  Our focus together will be the Namunyak Conservancy, one of the first conservancies established in this region and home to the Mathews Range, a remote sky island valued ... Read More