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Q&A: Inside the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil

Conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferriera talks about her work to halt illegal wildlife trade in Brazil, which affects nearly 40 million animals each year.

Local Leaders Restoring Fishing Economy and Ocean Health

By: Michael Bell, Oceans Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California The best way to protect our oceans is by empowering local communities and fishermen that have the most to gain from sustainable fisheries.  The Nature Conservancy and its partners have tested this theory by partnering with local fishing communities to take charge of the waters…

Six Spot-On Cultural Insights from Greg and Amy Poehler’s “Welcome to Sweden”

Amy Poehler and her brother Greg know that moving is hard. Moving to a country where you don’t speak the language or understand the local customs is even harder . . . and sometimes hilarious.  The Poehler siblings, who are co-Executive Producers for “Welcome to Sweden,” are counting on this fish-out-of-water discomfort to drive their…

Horse Bones, Chicken Bones… and Some Mystery Bones!

Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru’s colonial past. Sifting through the multitude of strange animal bones, she and her team find some that are a sheer mystery!

July 6, 2014 Show: Tracing Evolution Through Ape DNA and Chasing the Ebola Virus

As West Africa struggles with the largest known outbreak of Ebola, Dr. Peter Piot shares how he helped discover and describe the virus’ first known outbreak in 1976 Zaire. Also, geneticist Gil McVean studies the rates of genetic mutation in chimpanzee DNA compared to that of humans to try to determine the date of our last common ancestor.

The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Community-Driven Conservation in the Heart of Indonesia

Reversing overfishing, climate change, and population growth can seem insurmountable. Safina Center Fellows strive to amplify the global conservation discussion and, in targeted ways and places, overcome some of these obstacles. They bring a wide range of skills, engaging in every way from primary research to policy to popular media. They make a difference. Where…

July 6, 2014 Show: Whales vs. the United States Navy, and Visiting Every Country in the World

Traveling to every country in the world without flying. One man’s journey around the globe was punctuated by only a few stops in jail. And another man documents the fight in the United States Supreme Court between the Navy and whale conservationists who want to keep some parts of the oceans safe for the large marine mammals.

Indigenous Transitions: From Behind the Lens

National Geographic Young Explorer Hannah Reyes is studying and visually documenting the transitions to modernity of indigenous culture in the Northern Philippines. The project’s cinematography director, Bianca Natola, has created a video that shows the team’s moments in the field.

Footprints on the James

Andrew Shaw is adventuring and investigating in the history-steeped rivers of Virginia. He has navigated down the James River for a trip through time and into the colonial past.

Chicago-area college students set sail for hands-on experience in The Bahamas

Guest post by Dr. Kristine Stump, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Shedd Aquarium This spring, I had the pleasure of working with my colleague Rebecca Gericke, Manager of Conservation and Research Programs at the Shedd Aquarium, to engage with college-level students looking to immerse themselves in the wonders of subtropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The course, called…

July 6, 2014 Show: Dispatches from War on Wildlife and Saving Children from Supersititon

If Africa’s savannas represent the front lines of the war on wildlife, National Geographic Explorers in Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert are some of conservation’s most decorated veterans. They fly rhinos to Botswana to save them from poaching. And Emerging Explorer Lale Labuko saves Ethiopia’s “cursed” children from becoming outcasts at birth.

iziKhwenene Project Wins Biodiversity Stewardship Award

We are very proud to announce that the iziKhwenene Project won the “Biodiversity Stewardship” category at the Mail & Guardian “Green The Future” Awards last week! For over a decade, the Mail & Guardian’s annual flagship, the “Greening The Future” Awards, has celebrated the achievements of South Africans in sustaining a healthy environment for all. In 2014, the…

Palau Plans to Ban Commercial Fishing, Create Enormous Marine Reserve

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown The people of Palau, a small island nation in the northwestern Pacific, have long realized that the health and prosperity of their nation depends on the ocean. Because of this realization, Palauans have always worked to protect their ocean resources.  That’s why Palau has drawn the world’s top scientists…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #69

There were so many amazing submissions this month that we decided to publish two editions of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” this week! An amazing collection of wild bird photographs that adds to an already amazing catalogue of 69 editions! Please submit your best wild bird photographs to: and our Facebook…

Zaña Colonial Excavation Updates!

Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru’s colonial past. As the excavation and sifting begins, specimens start pouring into the lab.