VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
Ghostly figures in charcoal appear to show a now extinct primate from Madagascar succumbing to a human hunter.
By Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States
Cecil the lion is dead because Walter Palmer the dentist is a morally deadened human being.
By Peter LaFontaine There are millions of elephants in the United States, but you won’t find them roaming Yellowstone. Instead, they spend their days gathering dust in silver cabinets, getting smacked by cues on pool tables, and hanging on walls as trophies from far-flung hunts. We’re talking about ivory, of course, and about hides, hair,…
By Maraya Cornell
Recently, I interviewed the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, for National Geographic News, inviting him to respond to charges that Tanzania isn’t doing enough to protect its elephants—charges that have surfaced with renewed urgency in the wake of catastrophic results from last year’s nation-wide elephant census.
By Adam Cruise
Pohamba Shifeta, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, said the country will not destroy its stockpile of ivory and rhino horns—a measure adopted by other countries in Africa and elsewhere to combat poaching by raising public awareness and removing the possibility of the products going onto the black market.
By Adam Cruise
Two of South Africa’s largest private rhino breeders have taken the South African government to court in an effort to lift a moratorium that bans domestic trade in rhino horn.
By Xander Zellner for National Geographic Polar Bear Watch A recent study found that greenhouse gas emissions remain the number one threat posed to polar bears. The study, released on June 30 by the U.S. Geological Survey, predicts a decline for polar bear populations across all four ecoregions of the Arctic by the end of the…
By Kitson Jazynka for National Geographic Polar Bear Watch When you’re on an expedition in the Arctic, National Geographic Explorer Paul Rose says, you should always be prepared for polar bears. It’s a good idea to have cooking pots ready to bang together, or a flare gun to discourage a bear from coming near. But…
Because the Hawaiian islands were created by volcanoes, all life had to arrive there either by water, wind, or wings. After many negative effects, can humans help preserve some of this delicate ecology?
The Texas floods provided an unusual reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape.
By Katarzyna Nowak
South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has formally acknowledged the receipt of an open letter that voices concerns over a possible proposal to reopen international trade in rhino horn.
By Susan Jackson and Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly There is no endeavor quite like commercial tuna fishing. Perhaps no other industry is comprised of such a diverse group of stakeholders – with diverse opinions and approaches – that are so actively engaged in working toward a common goal. As many different voices weigh in to positively…
By Maria Finn I’m all for the spirit of the Trash Fish movement; getting lesser known species that were once discarded into the hands of skillful chefs who make them shine. I just don’t like the name. Chefs Collaborative has been holding “Trash Fish” dinners around the county since 2013 and they’ve started a seafood…
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People all around the world submitted nearly 40,000 observations of plants, animals, and fungi to create a global snapshot of biodiversity last month, as part of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project.