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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mateus Mutemba: Ambassador for Conservation-based Prosperity

Mateus Mutemba, the Warden of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, has been selected as one of National Geographic’s Class of 2017 Emerging Explorers. A spectacular 4,000-square-kilometer (1,500-square-miles, slightly larger than Rhode Island) national park in southeast Africa, Gorongosa is located in central Mozambique’s Sofala Province. Historically, its unique bio-geographical features supported some of the densest wildlife populations in Africa. Leading conservationists, including Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson, scientific advisor to the park, consider Gorongosa to be the greatest restoration success in Africa — and now one of the most biodiversity-rich protected areas in the world.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jennifer W. Lopez Making Space and Tech More Down to Earth

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Keolu Fox Uncovers the Hidden Treasures of Human Adaptation

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ricardo Moreno Giving a Voice to Panama’s Jaguars

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Ryan Carney Using X-Rays and Alligators to Bring Dinosaurs Back to Life

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Grace C. Young: An Aquanaut Charting the Sea’s Unknowns

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Danielle N. Lee Finding Natural Wonders Hidden in the City

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer M Jackson and the Shifting Story of Humans and Ice

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Adjany Costa Exploring and Protecting Angola’s Rivers

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim Raising the Voice of Indigenous Climate Knowledge

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Federico Fanti Decoding the Death (and Life) of the Dinosaurs

This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the 2017 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Joe Grabowski Explores by the Seat of His Pants

Joe Grabowski, from Canada, is an educator and scuba diver working to bring science, exploration, adventure and conservation into classrooms across North America through virtual speakers and field trips. Grabowski is using technology to open the most remote corners of the planet to classrooms.

Paws and Noses at the Forefront of the Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade in Central Asia

The fall of 2014 was difficult: an unpleasant incident occurred that however created an opportunity to tackle crossborder illegal trafficking in wildlife in Central Asia in an innovative way. Intelligence from our informant network pointed to illegal trophy hunts in Tajik National Park and trophies illegally exported from Tajikistan into Kyrgyzstan and onwards to Russia…

For the Love of Honey

Honey Bees are just one of many bee species important for pollination. Stingless bees, some 500 odd species of them, provide valuable pollination services for crops in tropical and neo-tropical areas, and produce distinctive honey that is used in traditional medicines.

Ascension Island: Pristine Seas Heads to the Mountains!

We are headed to Ascension Island, a tiny volcanic island in the South Atlantic, midway between Brazil and Africa. It’s a powerful place where the deep sea and remote mountains collide, leaving the island as the small visible tip of a massive 3,200-meter mountain.