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June 29, 2014: Refueling Satellites in Space, Sequencing the Koala Genome 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. This week, we walk in space to refuel a satellite, cure koalas of chlamydia, play soccer the Brazilian way, end elephant poaching in Tanzania, run out of air at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, pair scientists with adventurers, road trip through the American South, and “revisit the Golden Age of Exploration.”

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #19

“Okavango”, “Serengeti”, “Masai Mara”, “Zambezi”, “Kruger” and “Kafue”. These are some of the wildest places left and have hidden within them “wilderness” that can take those who visit it back in time on a powerful journey that explores our place on this blue-and-green planet. In this amazing collection of photographs is a glimpse into the…

Warning From Past / Hope For The Future

UNESCO World Heritage Listing for the Okavango Delta would be a massive achievement for Botswana, as well as all the NGOs and individuals that have invested their time in this initiative over the last decade. Most importantly, declaration will highlight the importance of preserving the vast Angolan catchment in its current state, celebrating the Kavango…

Okavango Expedition 2013: The Greatest Day Ever

From Steve Boyes’ Expedition Diary (@drsteveboyes): The best day we have ever had on expedition… Thousands of birds in 1022 GPS-marked sightings over 9 hours of poling down narrow channels filled with crocodile, hippo and the abundance of life. We had to portage many times today to pass by large, immovable pods of hippo. We…

Okavango Expedition 2013: The Hippo Whisperers

From Steve Boyes’ (@drsteveboyes) expedition diary: After the massive release of leaving the dry floodplains from the last few days, it was very difficult to deal with the series of hippo encounters we had this morning. The research team was hoping to drift down the channel counting birds and recuperating from five days of physical…

Okavango Expedition 2013: The Greatest Moment of All

Frustrated after days pushing fully-loaded mokoros across dry floodplains always looking for flowing water and the path we know. Nothing, no water… We were recording two or three birds an hour and the searing heat is making the tablet cut out. “Frustrated” just doesn’t capture it. Begging for it to stop is maybe better. Doing…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Still Stuck and in Search of Water

I love this delta deeply, but have we been had today? Tired out and burnt by a place that will make your way impossible if no animals are welcome. This wilderness knows how to recuperate after thousands of animals and insects have feasted, dispersed, pollinated and fertilized. We have now demonstrated that most of the…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Into the Wild Okavango

Join us now on www.intotheokavango.org and be part of our live experiences during the Okavango Expedition 2013. Follow our progress live as our personal locator beacon locates us every hour. All wildlife sightings, quotes, beacon data and geo data is updated every day. We have not seen the representation of the data that we are…

Okavango Expedition 2013: On the Edge of Wilderness

Eleven wattled cranes, hundreds of spur-winged geese, saddle-billed stork everywhere, cormorants, egrets, a multitude of fish eagles, and a whiskered tern fishing in front of a blood red sun… On the edge of the wilderness again and all on the research team are transfixed by the scene, this wonderful Okavango Delta. In a way all…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Beyond the People’s Delta

In the words of Aldo Leopold: “Wilderness is a resource that can shrink, but not grow… the creation of wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible”. As we travel deeper into the Okavango Delta you cannot help but feel that you are going deeper into the wilderness. The number of birds in…

Okavango Expedition 2013: Lost

From the dairy of Paul Steyn – expedition writer “We are lost. We may have to sleep in the mokoros tonight.” I could not tell if GB was joking. I was fairly certain he was serious about being lost though. We’d been paddling for eight hours, the sun was about to set, and we still…

Okavango Expedition 2013: On the Edge of The Delta

After a frantic year of meetings, symposia and travel, we have arrived. We are now in a place called Etsha 13, a small village on the edge of the Okavango Delta. This new launch site was chosen for the next three years of research due to the establishment of a new base at Weboro Lagoon.…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #11

Explore the wilderness with us… This week we share the “golden wilderness”! The rich colors and textures of the wild can never be replaced or surpassed. Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #6

Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist…

No Trophy Hunting in Botswana and Zambia?

Botswana and Zambia, two premier wildlife destinations, recently banned all trophy hunting within a few months of each other. This move heralds a major shift in thinking about how Africa’s wildlife resources will be managed in the future. Why did they do this? In short: Corruption fueling unsustainable hunting and poaching that threatens species survival.…