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July 6, 2014 Show: Dispatches from War on Wildlife and Saving Children from Supersititon

If Africa’s savannas represent the front lines of the war on wildlife, National Geographic Explorers in Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert are some of conservation’s most decorated veterans. They fly rhinos to Botswana to save them from poaching. And Emerging Explorer Lale Labuko saves Ethiopia’s “cursed” children from becoming outcasts at birth.

iziKhwenene Project Wins Biodiversity Stewardship Award

We are very proud to announce that the iziKhwenene Project won the “Biodiversity Stewardship” category at the Mail & Guardian “Green The Future” Awards last week! For over a decade, the Mail & Guardian’s annual flagship, the “Greening The Future” Awards, has celebrated the achievements of South Africans in sustaining a healthy environment for all. In 2014, the…

The Historic Corbelled Houses of the Karoo in South Africa

As you drive along one of the traveler’s routes through the Karoo region of South Africa, you’ll often see vast swathes of nothing but stone and hard ground. Occasionally, just to break the rocky landscape, there might be an outcrop of trees. Beefwoods, pepper trees, olives, eucalypts, salt bushes, and conifers are all visible from time to time.…

Recognizing the Renosterveld: Biodiversity in Peril

National Geographic Young Explorer Evan Eifler is working to preserve the unique ecosystems of South Africa, most notably the renosterveld. In this post, he explains what renosterveld is and why biomes in South Africa are so unique on a world-wide scale and why they are critical to preserve.

South Africa’s Kruger Park Loses its First Elephant; Kenya Loses an Icon

In recent years, Kruger, the jewel in the crown of South Africa’s national park system, has lost many rhinos to poachers, but its elephants have remained safe. Until now. For the first time in a decade, a bull elephant in the park has fallen to poachers, who hacked off his tusks. “This poaching incident really…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #65

We cannot overstate the dedication of wild bird photographers around the world. Birds are extremely risk-averse and getting close is a time-earned skill born of years learning about their behaviour. Knowledge of your camera is essential with no room for error before this bird takes off. The wild bird photographs in this week’s collection are…

Wrapping Up Round Two

By Becca Peixotto, Caver/Scientist. In only eight days of digging, we retrieved more than 320 numbered fossil specimens and an awful lot of sediment. Don’t worry: there’s plenty more.

Awake, Inner Wild Self!

Lessons are learned while walking. When we forget previous truths we are sent (up) reminders. And if there were was anything to be learned hiking up this mountain, it was to awaken the inner wild side and “be less sheepish!”

Photographing the End of the Kreef

Text and photographs by International League of Conservation Photographers Fellow Cheryl-Samantha Owen www.samowenphotography.com “It is currently estimated that numbers of rock lobster on the West Coast of South Africa are perilously low, at only three percent of their original pre-exploitation or pristine levels.” At 4:35 in the morning the faint glow of dawn backlit the…

Audio Story: To Walk Into the Storm

(Audio Story) “You are privileged to walk this.” It’s amazing how such a simple statement ripped me apart. Give me rain, wind, and hail — I’ll persist! But what happens when I can’t answer why I persist?

As a National Geographic Young Explorer, Jay walked over 400 miles in the mountains of South Africa, completing the first trek of the entire Rim of Africa Mountain Trail, to help educate South African youth on the Cape Floristic Region and conservation through the story of creating Africa’s first Mega-Trail.

Lending a Helping Hand to Rescue African Penguin Chicks in South Africa

Guest Blog by Tim Binder, VP of Collection Planning at Shedd Aquarium As a nationally recognized leader in rescue and rehabilitation work, Shedd Aquarium has responded to animals in need for over two decades. Whether it’s providing around-the-clock care for Cayucos, one of our rescued sea otter pups, or serving as an active responder in times…

A Voice From the Cave: Lee Berger on the NG Weekend Radio Show

After weeks of minute-by-minute updates from the field, Lee Berger finally tells the story of his latest hominid discovery from in its entirety.

Nelson Mandela and the Power of Forgiveness

South Africans, and with them many the world over, are mourning the passing of the father of the all-race democracy that came to be known as the “New South Africa”. Children grueved at the loss of their favorite grandfather. It has always been one of the most remarkable features of the life and times of…

“Wings Of Freedom”: Tribute To Nelson Mandela

Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our new, democratic South Africa and force of nature that united a divided country has died. He presented to the world our path to a better future – reconciliation, love and community. “Madiba” passed away peacefully in his home with family just before 9pm last night (5th December 2013),…

Elephant Snack

An African elephant can make quick work of a tree and this one did while I was filming at South Africa’s Royal Malewane Game Reserve.  This week when I heard the new poaching numbers that 22,000 elephants were killed last year & 25,000 the year before I thought of this encounter and how special it…