Greg Carr: On His Mission To Fulfill The Gorongosa Dream

June 29th, 2009 - 6:47 pm ICT by GD  

Greg Carr Gregory C. Carr, the well known multi-millionaire American entrepreneur and philanthropist has been in the news for the last few years for his sincere attempts to restore Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Gregory who is known as Greg Carr popularly, has made a pledge to use up to $40 millions and more over a span of 30 years. Huge areas of Africa are subject to poverty and disease and Greg firmly believes that he can make a difference to one of these areas with the Gorongosa Project.

There are about fifteen or more villages along the border of the Gorongosa Park, and Greg requires the active help and cooperation of these villagers for making his dream a success. Greg is already a star among these villagers, as they are touched by his philanthropic activities such as setting up schools and health care units. Greg’s efforts have been rewarded to some extent by the recent spurt in the influx of tourists more than ever before, but he knows that he has a long way to go before he can fully realize his dream.

Recently Gorongosa witnessed the mission to track an elephant herd with radio-collars. Tranquillizers were prepared that would last for about 40 minutes, enough time to change the existing collars. Blood samples were also collected from the elephants. This would help in medical research regarding the condition of these animals and also help when a new herd is brought in from outside.

Given that Greg had been a successful techie, making a huge amount of money, people often question his unconventional decision to be involved heart, soul and money in the Gorongosa Project. For him, however, it is a matter of “giving back”. Even after having spent a huge sum of money, Greg says that Gorongosa has given him more than he has given it. His vision is that one day Gorongosa will thrive by itself, without his aid and his name; that it will be a self-sustaining economic success.

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