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As the slaughter of the remaining elephants in Africa continues without interruption, elephants in Vietnam—without media attention and a pack of NGOs calling for their protection—are quietly disappearing. Victim of an intensely and increasingly fragmented habitat, weak environmental laws, human-elephant conflicts, logging, and poaching, elephants in Vietnam are teetering on extinction. According to some reports,…
My passion for amphibians and their conservation brought me to this mountainous region in Vietnam in search of amphibians, but this post is about people.
Camera traps have captured images of a saola, an antelope-like mammal often referred to as the “Asian unicorn,” in the forests of Vietnam. This incredibly rare species was last seen in the wild 14 years ago, and has only been known to science since 1992.
The two-inch fungus with a brown head, first discovered off Africa in 2009, has been found in the forests of Vietnam, scientists say.
The limestone terrain gets even more challenging during an expedition in search of rare, poorly-known and previously unknown species of amphibians in northern Vietnam.
An expedition in search of rare, poorly-known and previously unknown species of amphibian starts off in some seriously difficult terrain in northern Vietnam.
The leeches, bruises and bites are rough, but the frogs make it all worthwhile! With the expedition in search of amphibians in northern Vietnam at an end, the team packs up and takes on the bumpy road once again.
To escape the Vietnamese heat, a caterpillar larvae leaps dozens of times a minute—without seeing where it’s going.
Nursing bumps. bruises, cuts and scrapes, we haul our gear down the mountain on slick mud in the pouring rain so that we can search for frogs and other amphibians further afield in northern Vietnam.
From our base camp in the forest in northern Vietnam, we climb a nearby mountain in search of frogs and other amphibians.
We spend hours photographing frog eyes and thighs, and then don wet, moldy clothes and search for Torrent Frogs.
The team finds frogs hiding out in nests and discover that these amphibians make pretty good parents!
An expedition in search of rare, poorly-known and previously unknown species of amphibian in northern Vietnam gets off to a bumpy start.
Join us this week, as Sir Ranulph Fiennes amputates his own fingers after enduring frostbite on Antarctica, then we chat with Jamie Lafferty a freelance writer who took on the British Bobsled team in the national championships (and lost), and we learn a few of the birds of paradise’s dance steps from National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes.
On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War officially ended with the fall of Saigon to Communist forces. Many Vietnamese fled their country, including one Special Forces officer who painstakingly planned his escape and paid $200 on the black market for a copy of a March 1971 National Geographic map to guide him.
Wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu writes that Kenya stands at the crossroads of turning things around for elephants. The authorities need to recognize that poaching and ivory trafficking are serious crimes and immediately elevate penalties for wildlife crimes.
By Leanne Younes Moon bears ‘Mara’ and ‘Angus’ – two of the rescued bears at the Animals Asia sanctuary in North Vietnam – are free to enjoy their freedom a while longer, following a last-minute reprieve (see our previous post on this sanctuary). In an 11th hour decision in January, the Prime Minister of Vietnam,…
Join National Geographic Weekend radio show this week, as we kayak off waterfalls, refuse to run from charging lions, and treat disease with venom from some of the most poisonous snakes around.
Video by Brendan McCarthy. Text by Leanne Younes Note: This story was first published on February 9, 2012, and it was updated on December 21, 2012 with new information In a blistering tin shed on the outskirts of Hanoi, rows of caged Asiatic Black bears pant with thirst and gaze despairingly through the bars. The bears…
This article is based on a field visit I made to Guangxi, China in June 2012 as part of a broader research project on sustainability in the pearl farming sector supported by the Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Special thanks to the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences (particularly Xiaoqing Huang and Hongsheng Chen) for facilitating my…
It has been a bad year for rhinos in South Africa. Many more got killed than in 2010, the 333 toll of which was described with words like “shocking” and “outrageous”. Most thought it couldn’t get worse.
It’s got much worse. The tally for 2011 is at least 433. It could end up being higher, for even as the year drew to a close, reports kept coming in of more dead rhinos found with gruesome wounds or just stumps left where their horns had been.
A South African court effectively threw away the key when it jailed two smugglers convicted of trying to smuggle rhino horns out of the country. But the slaughter of the country’s pachyderms for the spurious healing power of their horns continues unchecked. A new scheme allegedly involves sex workers posing as trophy hunters seeking to harvest rhino horns through a legal loophole.
The shadow of rhino poaching keeps darkening the magnificent landscape that places South Africa among the most biodiverse countries in the world. Already the figure for the year so far stands at about 200 rhinos killed. This has conservationists fearing that the toll for the year could end up exceeding the shocking 333 killed last year.
A serious poaching upsurge in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya, prompted Africa’s top rhino experts to meet to assess the status of the horned pachyderms across the continent and to identify strategies to combat the crisis.
The January issue of National Geographic Magazine features a story about the world’s largest known cave passage, in Vietnam. The gallery of spectacular photos took off online and has been enjoyed by more than a million people. View this photo and more in the complete “Conquering an Infinite Cave” gallery. (Above photo by Carsten Peter) We…