Explorers at Work: Rae Wynn-Grant

Explorers at Work: Rae Wynn-Grant

Large carnivore ecologist and National Geographic Explorer Ray Wynn-Grant uses her expertise in statistical modeling to understand, and minimize, human-carnivore conflict. Her ultimate goal? For this ecosystem to achieve balance.


5 - 12+



Transcript (English)

- I became inspired to study bears as a child, but I didn't have my first experience in the outdoors until I was in my early twenties. That really helped me realize that this work was something that I could be excited about forever. Go, go, go, go, go!

There's often a misperception that carnivores are dangerous to people and need to be eradicated. Bears are actually really important for ecosystems to stay healthy. Every type of organism is impacted by top predators on the landscape. This is a mama bear teaching her three cubs how to catch salmon. My hope is that we can figure out how humans and bears can peacefully coexist.

My name is Rae Wynn-Grant. I'm a large carnivore ecologist and a National Geographic explorer.

Transcripción (Español)

- Me inspiré a estudiar osos desde niña, pero no tuve mi primera experiencia al aire libre hasta que estuve en mis veintitantos años. Eso me ayudó a darme cuenta de que este trabajo era algo que podría emocionarme para siempre. ¡Vamos, vamos, vamos, vamos, vamos!

Suele haber una percepción errónea de que los carnívoros son peligrosos para las personas y necesitan ser erradicados. Los osos son realmente muy importantes para que los ecosistemas se mantengan saludables. Cada tipo de organismo se ve afectado por los depredadores superiores en el paisaje. Esta es una osa que enseña a sus tres crías a atrapar salmones. Mi esperanza es que podamos descubrir cómo los humanos y los osos pueden coexistir pacíficamente.

Mi nombre es Rae Wynn-Grant. Soy ecóloga de grandes carnívoros y exploradora de National Geographic.

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Last Updated

May 8, 2024

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