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June 22, 2014: Defying Gravity With Our Dog, Stalking Snow Leopards and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. This week, we soar with dogs, look for a peaceful resolution to Middle Eastern conflicts, recover lost treasures high in the Andes, save snow leopards, venture to the North Pole for the last time, preach the dangers of cheap meat, rehab injured city critters, and ponder our climate future.

Rare Megamouth Shark Caught Off Japan’s Coast

The mysterious animal is only the 55th confirmed megamouth shark seen since the first one was discovered in 1976 off the coast of Hawaii.

Celebrating 50 Years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

People are fascinated by scarce plants, fungi and animals, and have been documenting the rarity of species for a long time. Following the “gold rush” of the enlightenment era, when taxonomists and collectors were racing to discover new species in exotic and undescribed corners of the world, science settled down to not just discover species,…

Special Squeaky Sloth Video

National Geograpic Emerging Explorer Lucy Cooke, creator of Slothville, is on a one-woman crusade to show the world why some of the most unlovable animals are actually the most interesting and deserving of our attention, study, and protection. Her new book, The Little Book of Sloth, celebrates the sloth: the cutest, cuddliest, slowest creature on…

Indonesia Announces World’s Largest Sanctuary for Manta Rays

The island nation declared a ban on fishing for both species of manta rays that inhabit the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Biologists Find “Extinct” Andean Toad Alive and Well

A rare toad species long thought extinct turns up in an Ecuadorian forest.

6 of the World’s Longest-Lived Animals

Some creatures can get remarkably long in the tooth. Here are some of the most elderly known.

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish: Delicious Sandwich Ingredient Gets Marine Twist

Staff at a Dallas aquarium wanted to see if they could supplement the diets of their jellies with protein—so they decided to give the animals peanut butter.

Watch: First Video of Fish Leaping Into Air to Prey on Birds

This is the first time researchers have observed fish leaping into the air to prey on birds on the wing.

Worm’s Mysterious Blue Slime Decoded?

A common marine worm produces slime with an unusual ability: It glows blue rather than the more normal green thanks in part to riboflavin, or vitamin B2.

Bacteria Power Social Lives of Hyenas

It turns out the social lives of hyenas are powered by bacteria that live in their scent glands, according to a new study.

A Venom First: Toxin-Spewing Crustacean

Tiny, blind, cave-dwelling creature turns its prey into milkshakes.

Marching to Save the Elephant on October 4

“Whoever has seen these giants marching across the last free open spaces of the world knows that this is something that must not be lost.” – Romain Gary, The Roots of Heaven Several years ago, Marie and I began to mourn the tragic dismembering of elephant society across Africa, an act that caused us to…

Rare Footage of Snow Leopards Caught by Mountain Yak Herder

A young yak herder, Wangchuk, captured this footage of snow leopards with camera traps provided by the Bhutan Foundation and biologist Tshewang Wangchuk, also a National Geographic Waitt grantee.  The yak herder, Wangchuk (who goes by only one name), is a 24-year-old young man who lives in the mountains of Bhutan, in Tsharijathang Valley near…

An Unexpected Visitor in the Volcano