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David Maxwell Braun

of National Geographic Society

David Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s education, science, and explorer programs.

My Fulbright Life: Mireya Mayor, National Geographic Explorer

This video is published as an inspiration to our Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows and in celebration of the many National Geographic explorers and storytellers who are alumni of the Fulbright Program. The video was produced by the Fulbright Program in collaboration with the National Geographic Society.

Swimming With the World’s Biggest Fish, the Whale Shark

Bay of La Paz, Gulf of California — Jumping into the Sea of Cortez to swim alongside a whale shark is like being in a National Geographic documentary. The massive fish looms out of the murk, swimming toward you with huge mouth agape. Just when you imagine you might be sucked Jonah-like down the gullet of the…

National Geographic and the Gulf of California, a Legacy of Research and Conservation

When the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration toured the southwestern portion of the Gulf of California in Mexico last week, visiting ecosystems, meeting and listening to researchers working in the region, it was a dream come true for John Francis, National Geographic Society Vice President for Research, Conservation and Exploration. Francis, the deputy…

Saving Baja Blue Whales for Generations to Come

National Geographic Sea Bird, Gulf of California–Since life began on Earth there has not been any animal bigger than one that lives with us today: the blue whale. To see this colossus of the ocean right in front of you, expelling a geyser 30 feet into the air as it comes up for breath, is humbling — not only because of…

Sharks Use Seamounts as a Compass to Navigate Through the Ocean

National Geographic Sea Bird, Gulf of California — The National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE) got to travel into the ocean realm of one of its most celebrated shark researchers last week, when it it was accompanied on a field inspection in the Gulf of California by Pete Klimley. The recipient of 11 National Geographic…

Finding the Rattlesnake That Lost its Rattle

An account of how we found one of the world’s rarest snakes, the critically endangered Santa Catalina rattlesnake — a reptile that distinguishes itself as a rattlesnake that has no rattle to shake at you.

National Geographic Undertakes Science Expedition to the Gulf of California

San José del Cabo, Mexico — Sea lions, whales (blue and humpback), bull sharks, whale sharks, dolphins and sea snakes were among the abundance of marine life observed by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE) on its 2016 field inspection, which ended this weekend on the southern tip of Mexico’s 775-mile-long Baja California peninsula. The…

Nexus of Art and Conservation to Save Big Cats​

Ten years after the death of Robert Dallet, a wildlife artist who painted for Hermès for decades, the Paris-based luxury brand is partnering with Panthera to honor Dallet’s legacy through the creation of the Robert Dallet Initiative for Wild Cat Conservation “to support the latest conservation science and innovation,” the two organizations said today. The initiative will…

The Seven Most-Read National Geographic Voices Posts of 2015

In case you missed them, South Africa’s famous “flying” sharks, Texas floods that washed “river monsters” onto the land, a video that caught a chameleon changing color, and a “sharkano” revealed by deep-sea cameras were among the most popular posts on National Geographic Voices in 2015.   1. Ten Photos of Great White Sharks to Take Your…

Secrets of the World’s 38 Species of Wild Cats

© Emmanuel Keller, courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing. Perhaps the most popular pet on Earth, the family cat is a beloved member of countless households. Millions of others abandoned or strayed are flourishing independently outdoors, where they may pose serious threats to birds and other small animals. But as familiar as the house cat is, not many people know it has…

Video: Inside the Largest Ivory Seizure in West Africa

When a Togo Customs official decided to turn around his X-ray machine and inspect freight leaving his country, instead of looking only at cargo coming into the country, he uncovered what at the time was to be the biggest seizure of illegal ivory in the history of West Africa. In this outtake from the National Geographic…

Video: Ivory Trade and Slave Trade Linked Throughout History

The trade in elephant ivory dates at least back to the days of the slave trade in Africa. Investigative Journalist Bryan Christy visits the home of renowned 19th Century slave trader and ivory merchant Tippu Tip in Zanzibar.

Video: “Toy” Drone Deployed in Ivory Investigation

In Lomé, Togo, investigative journalist Bryan Christy learns of a lumberyard suspected of being at the center of the illegal ivory trade.  As clear outsiders, he and the video production crew must find a way to take a closer look without breaking their cover. Befriending the children and showing off their “toy” drone might just…

Video: Inside Togo’s Voodoo Fetish Market

Bryan Christy visits the fetish market in Togo as part of his investigation in Africa’s ivory trade. He explains the presence of dead, dried animals on display and tells about going behind the scenes with vendors and seeing live animals and wonders if there is elephant ivory among the “behind the scenes” specimens for sale.

Video: The Accepting Nature of Orphaned Baby Elephants

Bryan Christy visits the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Kenya and marvels at the accepting nature of the juvenile elephants, which escort him as they are released into the wild and join adult elephants.