Monaco’s Prince Albert II arrives on September 18 in Cody, Wyoming to present the inaugural “Camp Monaco Prize” for biodiversity studies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The prize is to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Prince’s great-great-grandfather’s visit to the American West and his famous hunting trip with William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody back in September 1913.
“We’re thrilled to host Prince Albert II this weekend as we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of such a unique milestone and adventure,” said Barron G. Collier II, chairman of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Board of Trustees.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Draper Natural History Museum, the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA joined together to select the winning entry for the $100,000 award. The 2013 Camp Monaco prize recipients will be awarded to Dr. Arthur Middleton, a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Mr. Joe Riis, a full-time wildlife photojournalist and Emmy award winner for his cinematography for the National Geographic Great Migrations series. Their work will focus on monitoring and safeguarding migratory wildlife in Greater Yellowstone, particularly elk.