It was one hundred years ago when Prince Albert I of Monaco paid a visit to William F. Cody (aka Buffalo Bill) for a fall outing in the wilds of Yellowstone and the Big Horn Basin. The September 1913 hunting trip was headquartered at a camp near Cody’s Pahaska Tepee hunting lodge, and became known as “Camp Monaco.”
Though Prince Albert and William Cody were both avid hunters, history has also shown that they were conservationists as well. In particular, Prince Albert I was concerned about deforestation and over-fishing in ocean waters. That legacy is carried on today by his great-great-grandson, Prince Albert II, the son of Prince Rainier III and American actress Grace Kelly.
Arriving in Cody, Wyoming on September 15, Prince Albert II is reprising his great-great-grandfather's visit by retracing his footsteps of a century ago. He will also announce the winners of a $100,000 research grant funded by a joint project involving the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Draper Museum of Natural History and the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute. The Camp Monaco Prize - dedicated to the conservation of native biodiversity - will be awarded at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West during the Prince's September visit.