Gregory C. Carr


Gregory C. Carr (born 1959) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. His most notable philanthropic venture is the restoration of
Mozambique Mozambique (), officially the Republic of Mozambique ( pt, Moçambique or , ; ny, Mozambiki; sw, Msumbiji; ts, Muzambhiki), is a country located in Southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean The Indian Ocean is the third-lar ...

's famous
Gorongosa National Park Gorongosa National Park is at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley File:East Africa Rift System GPS and stresses.png, Main rift faults, plates, plate boundaries, GPS plate velocities between adjacent blocks and minimum horizontal st ...
, which has been ravaged by civil war and environmental destruction. He has pledged more than $100 million over 35 years to restore and protect the park's biodiversity, and to assist communities living adjacent to the park with health care, education and agriculture in a public-private partnership with the Government of Mozambique.


Greg Carr was born in
Idaho Falls Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. It is the state's largest city outside the Boise metropolitan area. As of the 2010 United States Census, 2010 census, the populati ...
Idaho Idaho () is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newspaper), a daily newspaper in ...

, in 1959. His parents are Taylor H. and Betty O. Carr. He attended
Utah State University Utah State University (USU or Utah State) is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing and disseminating information from an individual or an organization An organization, or organisation ...
as an undergraduate, majoring in history, and received a master's degree in public policy from
Harvard University Harvard University is a private Private or privates may refer to: Music * "In Private "In Private" was the third single in a row to be a charting success for United Kingdom, British singer Dusty Springfield, after an absence of nearly t ...

Harvard University
John F. Kennedy School of Government The Harvard Kennedy School (also known as the John F. Kennedy School of Government and HKS) is the public policy school of Harvard University Harvard University is a Private university, private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, ...
in 1986. Later that year, inspired by the breakup of
AT&T AT&T Inc. is an American multinational Multinational may refer to: * Multinational corporation, a corporate organization operating in multiple countries * Multinational force, a military body from multiple countries * Multinational state, a ...

, he and Scott Jones founded Boston Technology, one of the earlier firms to sell voice mail systems to telephone companies. Carr served as the chair of Boston Technology until it was purchased by Comverse Technology in 1998. From 1996 to 1998 he was chair of Prodigy (online service), Prodigy, an early global Internet service provider. He also co-founded Africa Online in 1996 and served as its chair until 1998. In 1998 Carr resigned from his for-profit boards and dedicated himself to humanitarian activities. He formed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University in 1999. Through research and teaching, the Carr Center seeks to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. In 1999 he also founded the Gregory C. Carr Foundation, a non-profit organization through which he has been involved in various projects including the Gorongosa Restoration Project. The Carr Foundation is currently committed to the 30 year restoration of Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique as well as to the sustainable development of the communities surrounding the park. The Gorongosa team has reintroduced species to the ecosystem, worked with the Mozambican government to extend the park's boundaries to include Mount Gorongosa and planted more than three million trees on the mountain, created an international restoration ecology science research center, established eco-tourism in the park, and provides health and education programs to the local communities living near the park's borders. National Geographic Television chronicled the park's restoration in their film ''Africa's Lost Eden'', as well as the CBS News program ''60 Minutes'' on October 26, 2008. Carr has been active in human rights activities in his home state of Idaho. In 2000, he co-founded the Museum of Idaho located in Idaho Falls, and in 2001 he opened the Market Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The theater was known for showcasing small independent and experimental productions. In 2001 he purchased the compound of the Aryan Nations, near Hayden Lake, Idaho, after it was seized by court order following a successful lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center against the Nazi group. The land, donated to North Idaho College, is now a peace park. He was a close friend of biologist E. O. Wilson and served on the board of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation until Wilson's passing on December 26, 2021.


External links

Carr Foundation official siteGorongosa National Park site
*[ "The Monkey and the Fish"], Philip Gourevitch, ''The New Yorker'', December 21, 2009, p. 98 *Sean B. Carroll, Carroll, Sean B. (May 22, 2016)
"Resurrecting Mozambique's Magnificent Gorongosa"
''Sierra (magazine), Sierra''.
''Sun Valley Magazine'' - Paradise Lost, and Found
*[ ''The New York Times'' "A Comeback for African National Parks" by Patrick Adams]
Independent: "How Gorongosa National Park went from civil war battlefield to conservation leader" by Heather RichardsonNational Geographic: "Devastated by war, this African park's wildlife is now thriving - A generation after civil war, more than 100,000 large animals populate Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, a rare spot of good news" by David Quammen
*[ ''The New York Times'' "How Teeth Became Tusks, and Tusks Became Liabilities"]
The Guardian: "Women lead the charge in healing scars of war in Mozambique wildlife park"Nature: "Upgrading protected areas to conserve wild biodiversity"VIMEO: Girls Club GorongosaVIMEO: Dominique Gonçalves speaking about Gorongosa at National Geographic Society on Half Earth Day, 2017Princeton University "Ecologists find a 'landscape of fearlessness' in a war-torn savannah"National Geographic - Why Cyclone Idai was so destructiveNational Geographic - Children living near national parks are healthier, more prosperous
*David Quammen, Quammen, David (May 2019)
"How one of Africa's great parks is rebounding from war"
''National Geographic''.

*[ UNDP: Stimulating Growth - Growing coffee to restore the rainforest and lift people out of poverty also reinforces Africa's greatest wildlife restoration initiative]
Idaho Statesman - Zoo Boise set to open its first exhibit in more than a decade. Here's what you'll see.
*[ Associated Press - Mozambique peace accord brings hope of economic growth]
''The New York Times'' "Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise" by Natalie AngierAssociated Press - Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa
*Matthews, Cate (2019)
"Greatest Places 2019: Gorongosa National Park"
''Time (magazine), Time''.
Associated Press - Thousands in Mozambique rebuild after devastating cyclonesSeasons Greetings from Gorongosa Park - Message by Greg CarrWired - The wild experiment to bring apex predators back from the brinkCNN Travel: Inside Africa - The women behind the comeback: How one of Africa's national parks is thriving after warMountain Journal - The Awakening: How Hope Was Reborn In Gorongosa
*[ Africa Geographic: "Gorongosa"]
Greg Carr remarks at Boise City Club
{{DEFAULTSORT:Carr, Gregory C. Corporate executives American human rights activists Harvard Kennedy School alumni Utah State University alumni People from Idaho Falls, Idaho 1959 births Living people Philanthropists from Idaho Businesspeople from Idaho 20th-century American businesspeople 21st-century American businesspeople