The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.
Other recipients have included E.O. Wilson
, Sylvia Earle
, and Alan Rabinowitz
Lichtenfeld founded the African People & Wildlife Fund
, a conservation organization in East Africa, in 2005. Its projects include wildlife conservation, environmental education, natural resource management, and conservation enterprise. The organization’s Living Walls initiative, which constructs environmentally friendly livestock enclosures, have been 99-percent successful in protecting livestock from lion, leopard, and hyena attacks, and thus significantly reduced human retaliation against these animals.
In announcing her award, The Explorers Club wrote
“Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld believes wild animals and humans can coexist in harmony. With 20 years of on-the-ground experience in East African wildlife conservation, Laly specializes in human-wildlife conflict prevention focusing on lions and other big cats. Encompassing nearly 10 million acres of Acacia woodlands, bushland, and open grassland, Northern Tanzania supports one of the highest large mammal diversities in the world, where wildlife still moves freely, unhindered by fences.