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Namibia: The Big Empty, pt. 3

Part 3 of my video Namibia: The Big Empty has some nice aerials of something called, Fairy Circles,” a rather unique feature of the Namibia landscape that looks as if it were painted by space aliens using the desert as their canvas.  We also fly along the skeleton coast and get a good sense of…

Namibia: The Big Empty, pt. 2 Deadviei

Part 2 of my Namibia video features Deadviei and Sossusviei, perhaps the most photographed spot in Namibia.  Deadviei is a beautiful but eerie sculpture garden created by mother nature’s extreme mood swings.  Here she’s turned a former lake into a dead pan of white clay surrounded by giant red sand dunes.  And scattered around the…

Namibia: The Big Empty, part 1

Namibia: The Big Empty part 1.  This is a look at that Southern African country which is defined in large measure by its dramatic desert landscape.  To set the big picture we start with aerials that give a sense of the vastness and variety of the Namib desert, and then move in for close ups…

February 10, 2013: Irishmen Adventuring Across Asia, Gruesome Cache of Skulls, 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.

20 Years of Too Much Fun

I used to joke, “I have the greatest job in the world, but it does have a dark side.” Then I would explain, “I’ve also been bitten, scratched and pooped on by one of every creature at your local zoo.” I was only half kidding, because there have been a few injuries and accidents along…

POOP: Fun, Games, and Science

Archeologists have long dug thru the trash piles of human history to gain a better understanding of who we once were and how we lived. You can find out a lot about a people from what they throw away. Even today tabloid newspapers have been know to rifle through the trashcans of celebrities looking for…

Desert Elephants

The term Desert Elephant sounds like an oxymoron. How could an animal that eats and drinks as much as an elephant find enough food and water to live in a desert. Savanna elephants yes, forest elephants yes, but a huge pachyderm surviving in an environment that is primarily sand, rocks, and gravel is not an…

One Very Brave 12 Year Old Maasai Girl

It takes great courage to stand up to centuries of tradition, to your parents and tribal elders and say, “No this is wrong, I won’t do what our women have always done, I want a different life.” The strength to say that and then follow through on your words is almost unfathomable when it’s spoken…

Saving Cheetahs & Leopards in Namibia

Namibia has more cheetahs than any other country in the world, but even here these speedy creatures are in a race for their lives. I visited Naankuse, a wildlife rescue center in Namibia that is trying to save the cheetah and other iconic African animals. Cheetahs who will let you scratch their back, a caracal…

Tracking Leopards

When you’re on Safari in South Africa, you want and expect to see the big charismatic animals, especially big cats like lions and leopards. After all this is where they live and when you’ve gone to the trouble to travel such a long distance to visit, it would seem as if the least the animals…

Polar Bears on Thin Ice

Skating on thin ice.  That could be the story line for polar bears this past summer in the Norwegian Arctic.  When I was up there in the waters around Svalbard, Norway it seemed as if the ice was disappearing faster than in previous years.  Without ice the polar bears, don’t have a platform from which…

Walrus Dance

Do the Walrus.  It may just be the next big dance craze.  Before you rush to judgment and think I’m just making this up you might want to check out some of their booty-shaking moves.  As you might expect when anything as big as a walrus starts rockin’ and rollin’ you can’t take your eyes…

Attack of the Terns

terns: love & war Typically it’s only in an Alfred Hitchcock movie that you have to worry about an all out attack from dive bombing birds, but arctic terns will turn that fiction into reality if you step across some invisible line in the sand they’ve drawn around their territory.  Recently on a trip to…

The Devil’s Pool

swimming in devil’s pool The first time I visited Africa’s Victoria Falls, I was standing across the gorge from the famous curtain of falling water when I saw a man climbing on the rocks near to edge of the falls.  I suspected he was either crazy or suicidal.  When he jumped I was certain he…

July 22, 2012: Biking Africa’s Indian Ocean Coast, Studying Life in Antarctica, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we bike from Mt. Kilimanjaro to Cape Town, then we hire an army to defend a dig site in Niger, explore the world’s growing city populations, discover what Boyd has in common with The Terminator, hear about the unglamorous side to science exploration in Antarctica, wander around Australia’s Outback, earn recognition for a lifetime’s wok in biodiversity, and finally we dig up a tomb full of millions of embalmed puppies.