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Nat Geo Live! with the D.C. Premiere of “War Elephants”

Follow a brother-and-sister team on a mission to help traumatized elephants in Gorongosa National Park heal and restore peace to a once-again-thriving wildlife sanctuary.

Bush Boyes on Expedition: Nata to Vundumtiki

Join National Geographic Scientist Steve Boyes on an expedition into the heart of Botswana’s Okavango wilderness, on a mission to an island in the wetlands seldom visited by humans, where the “Bush Boyes” are researching cavity-nesting bird communities.

Ireland’s Saintly Women and Their Healing “Holy Wells”

Celeste Ray travels to Ireland to uncover little-known truths about Ireland’s women saints and how the location of their holy wells may give clues to how well these patrons have endured the test of time.

Jaguars Battling in the Darkness: Sense of place in the Peruvian Amazon…

Like the other remaining wilderness areas around the world, the vast Peruvian Amazon has become ring-fenced by land conversion for pastures, rampant logging, commercial forestry, mining, dams, agricultural development, and other drivers of global trade and development. This vast wilderness that seemed impossible to destroy or harm is under threat and in decline… Listen here…

Follow Carlton Ward’s 1,000-Mile Trek Through Florida

Carlton Ward begins his exciting journey through the state of Florida on a mission to traverse 1,000 miles in 100 days, drawing attention to the need to preserve and protect wildlife corridors throughout the state.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #2

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild…

“Walking with a Spear” – Experiences living alone in the Vundumtiki wilderness…

Living alone in the wilderness far away from civilization had long been a dream of mine. The great writers, scholars, prophets and leaders all took inspiration from the wild. Our religious totems, coats-of-arms, symbols, artworks, stories, myths, poems, legends and writings all bear testamant to the profound impact nature has on us. We named rivers, lakes and…

The World’s Most Traded Wild Birds? Senegal Parrots, color morphs, and the wild-caught bird trade…

Over the last 30 years as many as 3 million wild Senegal parrots have been removed from the wild – 811,408 CITES Export permits have been issued since 1975. Unregulated trade in African parrots peaked in the 1980s and ’90s, and still exists today. This lucrative black market industry is fueled by profiteering middlemen who exploit…

Witnessing Change and Searching for Wilderness: Circumnavigating the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle

In August 2008, I was fortunate enough to join an expedition ship on a circumnavigation of the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle, going as far north as 81⁰N. I was on a personal mission to experience and celebrate this Arctic wilderness. Life on a grand scale in this far away place of rock and ice.…

And the 10,000th National Geographic Grant Goes to…

As of today, the National Geographic Society has issued 10,000 grants funding research and exploration since 1890–including ten National Geographic grant projects that, according to an internal panel, “have made the greatest difference in understanding the Earth.” Barbara Moffet interviews Krithi Karanth, a 32-year-old conservation biologist based in Bangalore, India, the recipient of National Geographic’s 10,000th grant.

The search for the grey-winged cotinga

Not all National Geographic expeditions go smoothly. All adventures end at precisely the same point. Thirty seconds into the hot shower, a stream of dirty water runs down the drain. It takes with it the mud and dried blood, changing skin color from blotchy grey to pink, uncovers the until-now forgotten scrapes and cuts, and…

New Hope for a Rare Bird in the Syrian Desert, Explorers Journal

A few years back, Gianluca Serra found a legendary bird thought extinct in Syria, with funds from National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Now Serra is trying to forge a stable population of these ungainly creatures, with a little help from a prince and some first ladies. By Barbara Moffet Q: The northern bald…

Undiscovered Treasures Are Key Worry of Egyptologist

Willeke Wendrich, professor of Egyptian archaeology and digital humanities at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, answers questions about the volatile situation in Egypt. She has received three grants from the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration to investigate agricultural sites from the Neolithic period in Egypt’s…

Can Extinct Galapagos Tortoise Be Bred From Living Hybrids?

Photo Sam Abell/NGS Genetic traces of extinct species of Galapagos tortoises have been found in their descendants living in the wild, Yale University announced this week. Now the researchers want to try to revive at least one of the species that have gone extinct by selectively breeding it out of the living hybrid population. “Museum…