Welcome to Yellowstone Safari Company and the experience of a lifetime!
Yellowstone Safari Company has been providing a first-class educational and fun wildlife viewing and wildland recreation service since 1991. What sets us apart from other companies in this field is our attention to quality and detail, and the extraordinary group of people working in our team.
Ken created Northern Rockies Natural History in 1991 to share his love of our wildland heritage with others. He changed the company name to Yellowstone Safari Company (YSC) in 2001.
Ken's Bachelor of Science and graduate studies focused on Wildlife Biology and Natural Resource Management. His professional and technical environmental career includes: Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, US National Forest Service, Montana Nature Conservancy, Museum of the Rockies (Montana State University), AMAX Coal Co., US Fish & Wildlife Service, and private wilderness outfitters. Ken's knowledge, enthusiasm and experience are evident in the quality of his tours and presentations. A devoted conservationist, his personal goal is to provide guests with the most rewarding experience possible, resulting in lifetime memories of the wildlife diversity and rich history.
Susi is managing the office at Yellowstone Safari Company when not guiding llama treks. Originally from Germany, she exchanged her international corporate life for a life lived close to the wild outdoors.
Susi moved to Montana in 1993 and joined Yellowstone Safari Company in 2002. Susi is fluent in various languages, a published writer and defender of animals. When not in the office designing safaris for clients and working on marketing ideas, she can be found watching wolves in Yellowstone, hiking the backcountry with her llama buddies, or cross country skiing through Montana's winter wonderland with her husband. Susi and Ken got married in September of 2005.
Patrick Cross grew up in Billings, Montana, on the east end of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and has been exploring the Park and nearby Beartooth Mountains as long as he can remember.
He has worked as a biological field technician on several projects studying Yellowstone's wild canines and bears, and is currently completing his master's thesis on genetics and habitat use differences in the ecosystem's red foxes living at high elevations. Patrick continues to work as a research biologist for the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center. In addition to the region's ecology, he is also interested in its history from about 4 billion years ago until present. For his days off, Patrick is typically back outside, skiing, hiking, floating, or enjoying whatever recreational opportunity the season presents.
Dan was raised in Montana and has lived in the area around Bozeman, Livingston, and Yellowstone National Park since he was a child. He is knowledgeable of the area’s history, ecology, and Native American cultures.
Dan worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks during the early 70’s in the Wildlife Research Laboratory preparing wildlife displays for Education/Information division, and also lab and field work on the Grizzly Bear research in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. He also has a degree in secondary education and was a teacher for a few years. He has owned and operated a business for several years and has recently sold it and “semi” retired. Dan’s background in outdoor related activities includes being a fishing and hunting outfitter and guide in Canada and the U.S. He has also enjoyed hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, and his passion photography, especially wildlife photography, in Yellowstone along with many areas Montana, Canada and the Western United States.
Grant grew up in the Midwest, where he obtained his degree in Biology in 1999. Having a lifelong passion for wildlife and exploration, he moved to The Bahamas shortly after graduation to manage a world renowned biological research facility with projects focusing on a wide variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife. Grant transitioned to a career in guiding & ecotourism in 2007, developing and managing the Activities & Recreation Department for a popular resort. In 2015, this ecotourism program won The Bahamas' highest honor for Sustainable Tourism in 2015, the Ministry of Tourism's prestigious Cacique Award. As an accomplished biologist and tour operator, Grant has appeared on numerous documentary and television programs over the years, with features on the National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, BBC, and the Discovery Channel, including a new show airing on Shark Week this summer. Recently, Grant switched gears and returned to the Rockies and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area that has always held a special place in his heart. He joined the YSC team for the 2016 season and beyond and is excited to follow the tracks of bears and wolves for a while and help visitors from around the world enjoy this magical place called Yellowstone.
Davina first came to Yellowstone in 2001 to work as a fisheries biological technician for the park service. She has combined six years of fisheries and aquatic ecology experience at several different national parks and national forests, including three seasons surveying streams throughout Yellowstone.
Originally from southern California, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She has a real passion for the outdoors and enjoys sharing it with others. Her hobbies include fishing, hiking, backpacking and photography. When not guiding or pursuing the ultimate outdoor experience, she can be found of the snowy slopes working as a snowboard instructor. Davina joined Yellowstone Safari Company in 2005 and has been a favorite with our young safari participants and their families.
Gary grew up on a farm in Nebraska where he spent his spare time hunting, fishing, and canoeing the local rivers with his brothers. He joined his adventurous siblings for
his first backpacking trip to Glacier Park as a teenager and knew the Rocky Mountains would be his future home. Gary has a BS degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Nebraska and a MS degree in Land Reclamation from Montana State University. He worked throughout the Western States fighting fires and conducting range surveys for the BLM, worked for the Forest Service in Idaho and Montana doing recreation and forest management, and spent 15 seasons as a backcountry ranger in Glacier National Park. Gary spent the past 20 years helping build public trails around Bozeman, Montana for a local non-profit. His hobbies include boating, nordic skiing, biking, hunting, fishing, and savoring the beauty of mountain vistas. Gary, who joined the YSC team in 2016, loves to travel, meet new people, and to share in Yellowstone adventures!
Will grew up in Connecticut and was raised with a deep appreciation of the natural world. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology from the University of Vermont. He left behind the rolling hills of New England for the dramatic peaks of the Rocky Mountains. He believes there is no greater classroom than Yellowstone to teach the interconnectedness of all living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. Since graduating he has worked as a research technician for the Forest Service in Colorado and as dog sled guide in Bozeman, Montana near Yellowstone National Park.. When not on the job, Will spends his free time exploring Montana’s backcountry with his husky. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, trail running, kayaking, and snowboarding. Will has joined the YSC team in 2016 and looks forward to sharing his knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem as well as facilitate exciting experiences in the natural world with visitors from around the world.
Cody (in memoriam)
Cody joined the Yellowstone Safari Company Team in 2002. He was a supportive member of the team by coming to the office almost every day and making everybody smile.
Cody also joined some of the Wildlife River Safaris and was enjoyed by young and old(er) participants. Cody was a very gentle soul and determined to be happy. When not working, Cody liked to run and fetch sticks, swim, and go on long hikes.