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Terrestrial Conservation on Tetiaroa

On Tetiaroa Marlon Brando wanted to “to maintain the natural beauty of the atoll setting” and as our expedition draws to a close we too are marvelling at the natural marine and terrestrial beauty of the atoll.

Protecting the Brilliant Psychedelic Rock Gecko

It’s got orange feet and an orange tail; a blue-grey body; and a lime green head. The psychedelic rock gecko, a small reptile native to only one island smalls off the coast of southern Vietnam, is endangered. It was only described for the first time in scientific literature in 2010, but it has already made…

Best Job Ever: Hunting for the Bones of a Loch Ness-Like Monster

Aubrey Jane Roberts is a National Geographic Young Explorers grantee and a professional dinosaur hunter (aka paleontologist).

Learning to See the Forest for the Bees at Olympic National Park

“How many species of bees do you think there are?” I realize at this moment that I can only think of about three, which is clearly the wrong answer. JD Herndon and Houston Guy, entomologists who have come up to Washington State from Utah, wait patiently with little grins on their faces. They know most…

Wetland Revival: Using impact investment to restore nature

 Conservation interests and agencies gathered along the Murray River in Australia earlier this month to witness the return of water to a wetland system that now rarely receives floodwater from the river, due to construction of large water-storage reservoirs built upstream that capture the river’s flow and sends it to irrigated farms.   With the twist…

An Island Icon Threatened with Extinction

The icon of Fernando de Noronha, the tropic bird, emblazoned on tourism material, is gradually going extinct. The red-billed tropic bird (Phaethon aethereus) is nearly extinct at less than ten individuals. The white-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) is relegated to a second class citizen on offshore rock stacks, as are other avian citizens such as masked boobies (Sula dactylatra).

Q&A With National Geographic Museum’s ‘Croc Keeper’

Last week, National Geographic Museum opened a new exhibit featuring live crocodiles. Thankfully these new guests came with a chaperone.

The Curious History of Curieuse Island, Seychelles

Curieuse Island in the Seychelles is steeped in all kinds of history. Lying just a kilometre off the coast of Praslin this 286 hectare island lies in its own marine national park and is named after the French ship La Curieuse, which arrived along with the ship La Digue

Salamanders Lost, Found and Saved

An expedition to find species missing for decades in the remote cloud forests of northwest Guatemala leads to a new sanctuary for rare and elusive salamanders.

Smuggled Iguanas Tell Larger Tale of Animal Trafficking

The two Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas (Cyclura cychlura) that arrived recently to Shedd Aquarium are familiar faces to me. I’ve dedicated more than 20 years of my life studying the three types (i.e. subspecies) of this species in The Bahamas. During this time, I have been fortunate to work with dedicated individuals and organizations, such…

Three Levels of Arctic Sea Monster Fossils Revealed

This year’s field season up in the Svalbard archipelago is revealing marine reptile fossils of different kinds spanning millions of years.

Saving Loggerhead Turtles One Nest at a Time

The nests we found were too close to the high tide mark and would not likely survive. We’d have to move them egg by egg to a safer location.

A life-changing experience studying iguanas in the Bahamas

Guest post by Shannan Yates, a student at The College of the Bahamas, who recently attended one of Shedd Aquarium’s field research trips to Andros Island in The Bahamas. In the spring of 2014, I had the opportunity of a lifetime that changed me both professionally and personally. At a conference on Bahamian natural history,…

Shedd partners to keep species SAFE

Shedd Aquarium has been a safe haven for endangered species for more than 40 years. From the earliest days of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Shedd – along with local partners the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo — have made a commitment to conserve threatened and endangered species within our…

Bombing Range Is National Example for Wildlife Conservation

Walking through a wildlife underpass from Nokuse Plantation to Eglin Air Force base feels like traveling back in time. This is some of the richest wildland in the U.S.