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Yellowstone Hosts World Heritage Fellow

Godson Kimaro
Godson Kimaro
Dan Hottle, NPS

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News Release Date: July 23, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
July 23, 2013                13-058   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Hosts World Heritage Fellow

Yellowstone National Park recently hosted a World Heritage Fellow, Godson Kimaro, Senior Park Warden of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

As a recognized World Heritage Site, Yellowstone participates in the fellowship program, which allows professionals from other heritage sites the unique opportunity to temporarily reside in the U.S. and work alongside National Park Service (NPS) staff to learn from their experiences and exchange ideas.

Throughout Godson’s six-week exchange in Yellowstone and also Grand Teton National Park, he has taken an active role in almost every facet of daily park operations including resource and visitor protection, visitor services, maintenance, concessions operations and structural and wildland fire.

There are nearly 1,000 designated World Heritage Sites including natural areas such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon as well as cultural sites such as the Pyramids of Egypt and the Taj Mahal. The international community recognizes the need to preserve these unique sites based on their universal value. While all selected site managers pledge to protect sites for future generations, each participating nation maintains independent authority over site management.

Godson will visit Washington, D.C., to share his experiences with NPS headquarters managers before returning to Tanzania. The travel expenses for the fellowship program are supported by the National Park Foundation.
For more information about World Heritages Sites and the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nps.gov/oia/topics/worldheritage/worldheritage.htm.

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