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Sleeping With Lions

We’ve heard some crazy stories here at National Geographic—everything from a polar bear that shredded an occupied tent to a livid elephant that nearly gored a man. None so terrifying, however, than Big Cats Initiative Grantee Amy Dickman’s lion encounter … but maybe not in the way you might think.

Closer Look: Making Friends with Technology

Conservationist Amy Dickman knew she couldn’t help big cats in Tanzania rebound without the involvement and support of the local people. Initially communication with the rural community was strained, until they realized she had something they wanted: an outlet to charge their cellphones. Watch this week’s 3rd installment of the Big Cat Week Closer Look series!

Closer Look: Warriors for Conservation

Everyday this week we’re posting inspiring and captivating stories from different big cat conservationists in celebration of Big Cat Week- conservationists like Shivani Bhalla who discovered that the best way to study lions was to recruit help from some unexpected enthusiasts.

Closer Look: Reasons for Hope, Tierney Thys on the State of Our Oceans

Emerging Explorer Tierney Thys has spent over a decade tracking massive 10-foot long, 5,000-pound ocean sunfish in almost every ocean- and she’s got a thing or two to say about the state of the Big Blue.

Closer Look: Fossilized Plants Predict Future Mass Extinctions

How can something that’s been fossilized for millions of years help us predict the next mass extinction? Jeff Benca gives us some insight into deep time, fossils, and a potential global ecosystem collapse.

Closer Look: Turning Mobile Phones Into Mobile Medical Labs

Emerging Explorer Dr. Aydogan Ozcan is developing a revolutionary global health solution using one of the most common forms of technology available- the smart phone.