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Some Ancient Sloths Ventured Into the Ocean, Study Says

A new study finds that dense bones enabled aquatic sloths to sink to shallow seagrass beds in order to graze.

January 19, 2014: Waging War Against Whalers, Paragliding Above Pakistan and More

Join host Boyd Matson as he and his guests sleep high on sheer mountain cliffs, wage war against whalers, consume bacteria in pursuit of better health, crash during paragliding takeoff in Pakistan, eat invasive species, and photograph 30 years of warfare in Afghanistan.

“Slingshot Spider” Flings Sticky Web at Prey, Spider-Man Style

In a Spider-Man-like move, a possibly new species of spider uses its web as a slingshot to ensnare prey.

Can Green Replace Gold When it Comes to REDD?

Warsaw climate talks give surprise boost to a struggling UN plan to provide incentives to reduce deforestation Chris Meyer sounded cautiously optimistic on the phone a few days ago. He’s had plenty of time to reflect on the two-week UN climate negotiations in Warsaw in November. Those talks yielded only modest progress on a range…

December 1, 2013: Running the Amazon from New Source to Sea, Fact Checking Thanksgiving and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio show, join host Boyd Matson, as he and his guests paddle the length of the Amazon River, see Jerusalem through the eyes of its citizens, debunk Thanksgiving’s creation myths, and taking selfies with tigers.

High Moon Over the Amazon: The Quest for the Monkeys of the Night

In “High Moon Over the Amazon”, a book about the dawn of her career as one of the world’s most distinguished primatologists, Patricia Chapple Wright recounts her pioneering research to study wild nocturnal monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a page-turner of a yarn, in which Wright recalls stumbling around in total darkness, trying to follow the owl monkeys (Aotus) moving through the trees high in the canopy above her. The story is not only about how she came to discover the secrets of the world’s only night monkeys, but also the terrors of working in the jungle, including a face-to-face encounter with a jaguar, evading a large snake dangling from branches above her, and watching helplessly as a swarm of army ants swept into her encampment’s provision stores to devour supplies meant to support the scientists for months.

The Promise of REDD: Giving Tropical Countries a Choice in Whether to Decimate Their Forests

A U.N. program to reduce emissions faces stiff obstacles as it seeks to gain momentum in Warsaw A cruel irony of climate change is that countries that ring the equator – most of them poor and eager to develop – possess an incredibly valuable asset that they can only monetize if they destroy it: their…

Dolphin Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade

The raging demand for shark meat in Asia has indirectly created another victim in our oceans: dolphins.

We’re Living in the Tropics

When it comes to climate change, we live on a tropical planet, we just don’t realize it Finally, it seems, the world’s warmer climates – so often overlooked when it comes to the impact of climate change – shared the spotlight in a high-profile analysis of the earth’s steadily rising temperatures. The tropics, not the…

Surprising Photo: Toad Eats Bat

A rare photo shows a cane toad with a bat in its mouth in Peru—find out if the bat got away.

Your Best Names for the Odd Picket Fence Maker

From the Tom Sawyer spider to the flytrap fungus—see some of National Geographic readers’ name suggestions for what built a mysterious “picket fence” in the Amazon.

What Created This Mysterious “Picket Fence” in the Amazon?

Strange web-like structures found in the Amazon have scientists baffled—what do you think it is?

May 5, 2013: An Ambush on the Amazon, Croc Attacks in Africa and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson chats with adventurer Davey du Plessis who attempted to ride the Amazon River from source to sea but was attacked in a random ambush by gunmen; Nat Geo water fellow Sandra Postel discusses the fate of the Amazon River; and an Australian croc wrangler goes to Africa to try to track a river beast.

Threats Abound as Peru Cops Seize Timber

Natives fear for their lives after leading police to a stash of ill-gotten timber in Peru’s central Amazon region.

February 16, 2013: Winter Mountain Climbing, Great Ape Stakeouts and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, we attempt a winter ascent of Denali for a third time, live with Idaho’s wolves for six years, and wait for months, just to capture a perfect moment in Indonesia’s jungle canopy.