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March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are held underwater until they blackout and are rescued, put Langston Hughes’ poetry to music, study bats in the living room, grow up with gorillas, survive a deadly Antarctic expedition, remind travelers to represent their nations, refuse to order bluefin tuna sushi, and create stronger laws to protect elephants.

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.

Bigger Is Better–Except When It Isn’t

In news certain to raise the insecurities of men everywhere, scientists have determined that size does, in fact, matter to females–at least among gorillas.

Contest in the Congo: Central Africa’s Shot at Sustainable Development

As some 30 million votes are counted in the wake of elections this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), another contest is shaping up in the Congo between those who would build systems of fair governance and those who would ransack Central Africa for its natural resources.

Mountain Gorilla Deaths Linked to Human Virus

Thousands of visitors trek up Africa’s equatorial volcanoes each year to see the world’s remaining mountain gorillas at close quarters. The thriving gorilla tourist economy has generally been good for the great apes, and may even have secured their survival. But a new study finds that human viruses have infected and killed gorillas. So do tourists also bring their fellow primates the kiss of death?

NG Weekend: Why Mammoths Didn’t Freeze

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about woolly mammoths, orphaned gorillas, Asiatic lions, Florida gators, laser archaeology, quirky festivals, Traveler on the iPad, and life in a one-room cabin. Hour 1 Why would anyone choose to live in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin without running water or electricity?…

NG Weekend: Looming Lizard Extinctions

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about the oceans, gorillas, Cleopatra, girlfriend getaways, giant squid, dodo DNA, Indian tigers, lizard extinctions, and the life and times of a CIA agent turned Buddhist priest. Hour 1 Six-time National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee Jon Bowermaster is the editor of a…

NG Weekend: The Ocean’s Ultimate Abyss

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about the ocean’s ultimate abyss, Miami tweets, Chinese tea, Tibetan horses, giant lizards, sustainable seafood, solitary lockup, ecotravel, charging gorillas, and Vietnam. Hour 1 There is only one living person who has ever been to the deepest part of the ocean, the…

Gorilla born in Disney’s Animal Kingdom (PHOTO)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Florida has a new attraction–a newborn western lowland gorilla, the third gorilla born at the theme park. The gorilla, whose gender is still unknown, is doing well and has already become an integral member of the gorilla family group which includes first-time mother, Kashata, father Gino, and two other females,…

Half of all primates threatened with extinction

Nearly half the primate species are in danger of becoming extinct from destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush-meat hunting, conservationists said today. “Mankind’s closest living relatives–the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates–are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures,” the conservationists said in a news statement…

Alternative fuel project counters deforestation threat to gorilla park

An insidious threat to Virunga National Park, home to the largest population of rare mountain gorillas and numerous other species of wildlife, has been the illegal charcoal trade. [Read the National Geographic News story: Congo Gorilla Killings Fueled by Illegal Charcoal Trade.] There is a shortage of trees–and fuel for cooking–in the populous communities adjacent…

Orphaned gorillas returned to Congo nature park

The only two baby mountain gorillas in the world in captivity, orphaned in 2007 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo following the slaughter of their mothers in the wild, moved yesterday to a new sanctuary within the country’s Virunga National Park, the Congolese Wildlife Authority said today. Ndeze and Ndakasi, the 2 1/2-year-old female…

Human encroachment threatens thousands of gorillas in African swamp

More than 125,000 western lowland gorillas discovered last year in a large swamp in the Republic of Congo are becoming increasingly threatened by human activity, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said today. A study commissioned by WCS recommends protection of the swamp forests adjacent to the southwest border of Lac Télé Community Reserve after…

Third-oldest gorilla in U.S. celebrates 52nd birthday today (picture)

Vila, the third-oldest western lowland gorilla in the U.S., celebrated her 52nd birthday at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park today by unwrapping presents full of fruit, nuts and seeds, and eating a peanut-butter frosted banana ice cake topped with carrot “candles,” the zoo said in a caption sent to us with this photo.…

Mountain gorillas need support network for survival, conservationist says

Mountain gorillas survive in two pockets of African rain forest and are shared by three countries that have experienced much turmoil: Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. That the gorillas have been able to find relative sanctuary above the fray of the human settlements around them is thanks in no small part to the vision and dedication of several people and…