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Is CITES Turning a Blind Eye to China’s Illicit Wildlife Imports?

The mystery of the origin and whereabouts of ten gorillas supposedly exported legally from Africa to China in recent years continues to mystify wildlife monitors. Why is CITES, the international treaty set up to protect endangered species from commercial exploitation, not responding to the situation?

December 29, 2013: Rescuing Crocs, Navy Seals in Zoos, Swimming with Great Whites, Blackfish and More

Join host National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson and his guests as they try to save man-eating crocs from angry villagers, meet a retired Navy seal at Washington’s National Zoo, find out the dark secrets of performing orcas at Sea World, swim face to face with great white sharks, and survive avalanches by avoiding them.

December 8, 2013: Discovering Record Setting Remains, Climbing Antarctic Peaks and More

This week, on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we uncover a trove of pre-human remains deep inside a South African cave, then we coach kids to fulfill their destiny as Antarctic adventurers, and finally, we peer deep into space to watch galaxies collide.

September 29, 2013: Photographing Every Animal in Captivity, Saving Apes from Guerillas, and More

Join us this week, as we set a world record kayaking 151 miles in 24 hours, then build an Ark to help save all of the world’s animals, teach pandas to breed successfully, and finally, rekindle old friendships with indigenous people in Nepal after 45 years apart.

Hero Shrew Found, One of “Most Bizarre Animals on Earth”

Watch out, Mighty Mouse: Scientists have found a new species of shrew with superhero strength and the oddest backbone of the animal kingdom.

Minkebe: A Tragedy Revealed and a Lesson to be Learned

Readers of this blog and other news related to the calamitous trends in the large-scale poaching of African elephants have another word to add to the vocabulary of crimes against nature: Minkebe. I did not share the shock that the news release from the Office of the President Ali Bongo Ondimba brought to most readers.…

January 27, 2013: Staring Up At Sequoias, Climbing Rock with Ice Axes, and More

On this week’s episode of National Geographic Weekend radio show, we chat with the winner from Ouray, Colorado’s ice festival mixed climbing event, then we meet The President, General Grant and several other very tall trees with bigger names, and finally, we learn just how dangerous an amorous yak can be.

The Crucifix Moment – Slaughter of Innocence

  How does the slaughter of elephants happening now across Africa affect the innocence of children? For the makers of the film Lysander’s Song, they are inseparable. Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson’s five-year-old son Lysander was the inspiration for their project, a deeply-felt outcry against the illegal ivory trade. The rampant killing of these great…

Call for the CITES Secretariat to Suspend Trade in Grey Parrots from Cameroon and DRC

If you care about wildlife, nature, your pets, our planet, and all things good, you need to support the suspension of all trade in grey parrots from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thousands of these long-lived, intelligent parrots are ripped out of the wild every year, packed into cramped travel crates, fed on…

Mystery death of 687 wild grey parrots on 1-hour flight to Durban revisited…

Almost exactly a year ago, on the 24th December 2010 at 3pm, the ground staff from 1time Airlines and BidAir Cargo at the King Shaka International Airport (Durban, South Africa) discovered almost 700 dead African grey parrots crammed into 15 crates in the cargo hold of the MD-80 they were offloading. The staff on hand reported…

Snare Claims Young Mountain Gorilla

Sekenabo, a two-year-old male mountain gorilla with the Kabirizi group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park, has died after sustaining serious wounds in a poacher’s snare, writes Molly Feltner on the Great Apes Blog. Only about 720 of the highly endangered animals exist. Park rangers who found and freed the trapped…

UNHCR, Jolie, Curry Mark World Refugee Day

Refugees from Bhutan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo joined United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, film star Angelina Jolie, and NBC television anchor Ann Curry at National Geographic headquarters today. The event marked the launch of official activities leading up to World Refugee Day this Saturday, June 20. More than 42…