WASHINGTON, September 19 – Once upon a time in 1913, Prince Albert I from the Principality of Monaco crossed oceans and continents to go hunting with the legendary William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody near Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park.
On Thursday, his great, great grandson, Prince Albert II, arrives in Cody to celebrate that centennial – and hand out some money for scientific research in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The first Prince Albert was concerned about deforestation and overfishing in ocean waters. Prince Albert II wants to carry on his great-great-grandfather’s environmental involvement today. He created the Prince Albert II Foundation to promote those interests.
On Thursday, he will present the foundation’s first Camp Monaco Prize to enable a partnership of his foundation, The Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute. Research will focus on new ways of monitoring and safeguarding migratory wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone conservation area.
While he is on his non-official Wyoming state visit, Prince Albert will see the hunting camp area where Prince Albert I and Buffalo Bill had their 1913 adventure near the nation’s first national park. He will also participate in a tree planting ceremony and tour parts of Yellowstone that could be impacted by the Camp Monaco Prize.
His itinerary includes attending the 37th annual Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Patrons Ball Saturday night. The event will include many supporters from New York and other points east who have a long tradition of carrying on the center’s mission to keep western experiences, lore and heritage alive.
Maureen House, spokesperson for Center of the West, said everyone in Cody’s modest population of 9,000 is excited about arrival of the prince and his entourage, which is rumored to include a couple of school buddies who’ve never seen the American West.
The entourage from Europe is sure to have a look at the section of a tree trunk that the 1913 group labeled “Camp Monaco.” It’s on display in the Buffalo Bill Museum portion of the Cody center – an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum includes exhibitions on the history, art and Native culture, firearms as well as exhibits highlighting the unique natural and scientific wonders of Yellowstone.
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