Craig Packer

Craig Packer was born in Texas and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1972. While still at Stanford, Dr. Packer went to Tanzania to study baboons with Jane Goodall at the Gombe Stream Research Centre. He then went to the University of Sussex to complete his PhD research on the Gombe baboons. After a study of Japanese macaques in Hakusan National Park, Dr. Packer returned to Tanzania in 1978 to head the Serengeti lion project. He subsequently held a post-doc at the University of Chicago and joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1984, returning to the Serengeti for several months each year. Dr. Packer received a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and became a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1997. He is the author of "Into Africa," which won the 1995 John Burroughs medal, and 83 scientific articles 55 of which concern his research on lions. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the National Geographic Society and the Disney Foundation. After all these years, he still finds lions fascinating and feels that they lead the most interesting lives of almost any animal.