Here’s a hard to believe statistic, by some esitmates there are more tigers in captivity in the state of Texas than there are tigers roaming free in the wild in all of Asia. There’s no debating the fact tigers are endangered. This past year I went to India to see tigers in their natural habitat.…
One of the benefits of being in the water with humpback whales is that it makes me appear svelte by comparison.
Showing off for the girls, pushing and shoving, picking fights, refusing to listen to their mothers, I could be describing teenage boys, but in this case I’m talking teenage male elephants.
National Geographic Explorer in Residence Bob Ballard has located a record number of sunken ships in the waters off Turkey using his new ship the Nautilus, a high tech exploration platform. I visited Bob on the Nautilus to get a tour of the ship he’s been describing to me for two years.
Recently, National Geographic Weekend radio had a chance to visit with some big cats in our own backyard at the National Zoo.
Spitting impala poop is really an honest to goodness game in South Africa.
Pak Bastarian was once an illegal logger, cutting trees in the forests of West Kalimantan, Borneo. Today he is a conservationist, leading his village of former headhunters in the fight to prevent oil palm plantations from clearing forest in his village.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand is looking for alien life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. Listen to his interview with Boyd Matson.
James Cameron tells Boyd Matson how making Hollywood blockbusters allows him follow his true passion of exploring and how becoming a NG Explorer feels like coming home. Listen to the interview.
By Boyd Matson. To paraphrase an old saying, “You can’t see the elephants for the trees.” WCS researcher Andrea Turkalo has been studying elephants for over 20 years. I recently visited Turkalo and the elephants in the Central African Republic. Listen to the interview from NG Weekend.
Last week a group email went out to the staff of National Geographic. This is what it said: “A package arrived at Geo…(talk about weird) 2 small bottles of Pee. Bear Urine. No… really. Can you please send a blast to see if some brave soul will claim the urine.”
Video from a pygmy pool party in the Central African Republic.
It’s not everyday you get invited to a pygmy pool party.
When 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Juan Martinez was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he never imagined he’d be working to change an entire generation’s relationship with nature. But a few jalapeño seeds changed his life.
Canned seafood can be delicious and sustainable says National Geographic Fellow and Washington, D.C. chef Barton Seaver. This week on the NG Weekend radio program Seaver joins Boyd to talk about cooking from the can. Listen to the interview and get Seaver’s recipe for pink salmon cakes with dill mustard.
This week on NG Weekend, Boyd Matson speaks with guests about kite skiing the Northwest Passage and catching the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler. Listen to the entire show.
Legendary surfer Rob Machado spent six month riding breakers in Bali. Filmmaker Taylor Steele caught the action on film. They’ll both be at NG this weekend to talk about their surf movie, Melali: The Drifter Sessions.
Listen to the entire show (76 minutes) This week on “National Geographic Weekend” host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about the voyage of the Plastiki, why your pet may be a dangerous killer, flying high with the National Geographic engineers, celebrating Machu Picchu 100 years after Hiram Bingham’s discovery, understanding nature’s greatest defender, rallying in…
Neil Losin is a National Geographic Young Explorer pursuing his Ph.D. in UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Losin received a grant from National Geographic in 2009 to study territorial behavior between species. The work focuses on why some animals defend their territories not only against members of their own species, but against members…
A newfound prehistoric rabbit species featured on NG Weekend and the National Geographic Daily News. Illustration courtesy Meike Köhler. Listen to this week’s show (76 Minutes) This week on “National Geographic Weekend” host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about braving the Arctic cold, finding your way outdoors with a smartphone, screening wildlife films in Africa,…
Two years ago, filmmaker and environmental advocate Sebastian Copeland embarked on an expedition to the North Pole to commemorate the centennial of Admiral Peary’s 1909 polar expedition. The resulting film, “Into The Cold: A Journey of the Soul,” is being released on DVD just in time for Earth Day on April 22nd. The film follows…
Arab hip-hop, once relegated to the sidelines, has emerged as the soundtrack of the resistance.
Captain Anthony Smith recently celebrated his 85th birthday while drifting on a raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. And apparently there’s no place he’d rather be. Smith and his crew—Sailing Master David Hildred, 57, John Russell, 61, and Andrew Bainbridge, 56—are sailing a self-made, 39-foot raft from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. They…