On September 19, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the town of Cody, Wyoming where he met with state and local leaders and presented the first Camp Monaco Prize. The $100,000 prize is an international partnership between the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA, the University of Wyoming, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
A former UW graduate student and current Yale postdoctoral associate, Arthur Middleton, Ph.D. and National Geographic photographer Joe Riis will use the Camp Monaco Prize money to study elk migrations in nearby Yellowstone National park. “One of the compelling aspects of this project, is that it attempts to bring together scientists, government agencies, policymakers, and the public around a topic that cuts across ecology, economy and culture,” said prize jury co-chair Charles Preston, Ph.D., of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. “This approach holds real hope for effective biodiversity conservation in the 21st century.”
The prize is named for a hunting camp established near Yellowstone Parkin 1913 by Prince Albert II’s great-grandfather, HSH Prince Albert I. One hundred years ago, Prince Albert I hunted with William Fredrick Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. Prince Albert II visited that campsite on his recent trip. Through his foundation and this prize, Prince Albert II wishes to continue the legacy of environmental protection established by his great-grandfather.