David Banks is a veteran of both The Nature Conservancy and the African continent, having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. David has led conservation efforts in many places, including Alaska, over his nearly 20 years with the Conservancy.
David ventures out to the field frequently, meeting with conservation partners, government officials and the people who live where we work. He shares his experiences and his views on the future of conservation in Africa here.
David recalls the wonders and occasional horrors of a scientific survey in Africa's newest and largest marine reserve. Read post
Running across Africa's grasslands tends to result in hungry animals chasing you, so why is David planning to do just that? Read post
The second leg of David's two-week journey takes him to Zambia's Kafue National Park and to visits with tribal elders. Read post
On the first leg of a two-week project tour, David travels to the Mahale Mountains and visits villagers along Lake Tanganyika. Read post
Kenya’s first new national park in 25 years will provide long-term benefits to wildlife and people. Read post
Stark contrasts between Tanzania and Ethiopia convince David that conservation must connect with people. Read more
David reflects on the first gathering of elders from Tanzania's Hadza people and their imperiled lands and culture. Explore
David visits China to learn more about its operations in Africa and discovers a land oozing with contrasts. Explore
To better understand elephant movements, David Banks joins Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants to collar an elephant at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Explore