National Geographic
Menu

Help Us Detect Microplastics in Our Rivers

We are now a finalist for the Alpine Initiatives Grassroots Grant. Place your vote to help us expand our research from oceans to freshwater!

In Search of the Elusive Saharan Cheetah

The video above includes rare photographs of Saharan cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) scentmarking taken by remote cameras in a survey in the Ahaggar Cultural Park in the Algerian Sahara. The survey was conducted by Farid Belbachir, Amel Belbachir-Bazi and Sarah Durant with the support of Zoological Society of London,  Howard G Buffett Foundation, Wildlife Conservation…

Expedition: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

This week I am packing my bags in anticipation of my trip to Brazil. Over the next month I will be working in the remote oceanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, supported by the Ciência sem Fronteiras programme of CAPES. I will be updating my Voices Blog regularly every few days with updates of the…

Keeping True to the Nature Coast of Florida

Joe Guthrie paddles a kayak down one of the many creeks of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, a key protected area along the Nature Coast of Florida. “Chass” and its neighboring conservation properties support a very small and imperiled population of the Florida black bear. The expedition team reached the area at the beginning the…

Pictures: Strange and Beautiful Falkland Mosses

Paulo loves mosses. I get the distinct impression that the worst afterlife he could imagine would be to come back as a rolling stone.

Can Mozambique’s Hidden World—And Its Creatures—Be Saved?

We finish our expedition to Mozambique’s sky islands focused heavily on whether remaining fragments of forest can be conserved. I had expected to find new species and see beautiful forests, but I had not expected the destruction—or my poignant reaction to it.

Pictures: Whale Bone Memorials, by Nature and Humans

In the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), once a major location for whaling, whale bones are all around, layered with history and meaning, and silently communicating their tales.

Starting the Search for Underwater Giants in the Solomon Sea

Landing at Gizo Harbour, it was clear to see that we’d picked an ideal venue for our research. The visibility in the aquamarine waters was greater than anywhere we’d ever been scuba diving—it took all of our willpower to keep ourselves from diving right in.

Don’t Call Them Spiders: A Closer Look at Tiny Harvestmen

It won’t be quick or easy to piece together the histories of these Pacific islands and their faunas, but seeing these animals, certain hypotheses come to mind.

Penguin Awareness Day at the #FalklandSci Symposium

Researchers from across the Americas gather for a science conference, but first get out for a closer look at three highly entertaining species.

How to Uncover a Skeleton’s Secrets

When bioarchaeologists examine skeletons, what do we really look at? To help you understand our findings, this installment will answer the question, How can one “read” ancient bones and teeth?

Weathering Rain, Setting a Swamp on Fire

The highlight of our Green Swamp experience, after backpacking and camping in a soaking rain, was participating in a controlled burn with land managers from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

New Years in a Land of Golden Buddhas

Eager to begin the search for the Chinese Cypress trees they’ve come to study, the team must deal with cultural and political detours of many kinds.

Discovering the Endangered Cypress Trees of Laos

Come with us to one of the last truly wild places in Southeast Asia: the Annamite Mountains of central Laos. Along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, among hill-tribe villages, we’ll be studying the majestic—and critically endangered—Chinese Swamp Cypress.

Primate Discoveries in Northwest Kenya

Even when you’re focused on studying warthogs, you can’t help but make some intriguing observations and discoveries about other animals along the way.