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Mapping the Underground Mysteries of Socotra

Once they’d made the difficult journey to the cave entrance, the real journey began for these explorers on the trail of ancient rock art.

Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal

“Women do most of the work in rural communities, they are the ones collecting firewood or fodder from the forests or fetching water from the faraway spring. Given how connected women are to nature, they are the most knowledgeable about natural resources and their connection to better livelihoods. Communities without empowered women are missing the backbone that strengthens them and helps them climb out of poverty.”

Hope for the Future of Curaçao’s Coral Reefs

Curaçao is one of the most culturally vibrant places I’ve been – a melting pot of the Caribbean. Papiamentu, the local dialect, reflects this diversity with its inclusion of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and African languages.  Underwater, Curaçao is similarly diverse and vibrant, with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. But, as…

Medici Prince Appeals for Help: “Save Florence!”

The aristocratic Medici family helped create the Florence of the Renaissance. Now an angry Medici prince wants international help to save it from neglect and mass tourism overload. And, yes, he still wants you to visit, provided you stay a while.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #76

This is the 76th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections we have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and how much effort all of the contributing photographers and enthusiasts have to put in. We…

Primate Survey Raises Question: Are Uganda’s Northernmost Chimpanzees Vanishing?

We set out to confirm whether chimpanzees remain in northern Uganda, and which other primates are supported by the magnificent Otzi Mountains on the South-Sudanese border. Here’s what we found.

Lemurs of Madagascar

On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour. I’d just arrived in Madagascar for the first time. I was with the foremost expert on the primates called lemurs, trying to pay attention. I had everything to learn. We’d just gotten there on the ship National Geographic Orion, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions. As…

Exploring Civilization Beyond the Walls

Huge walls may separate cultures, but it’s how we interact across those boundaries that reveals the real story of civilization.

The Genographic Project Turns Ten

    Ten years ago, National Geographic and IBM teamed up with a group of international scientists and indigenous community members at National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. to kick off the Genographic Project. Our plan: To use advanced DNA analyses to answer fundamental scientific questions, such as where we originated from, and how…

Orangutan Rescue in the Land of the Chainsaw

As Sumatra’s rainforests get bulldozed to make way for oil palm plantations, large mammals like the Sumatran Orangutan get trapped in ever decreasing pockets of forest, from which they need to be rescued for their health and safety.

3 Surprising Discoveries From the Archaeology of Food

The archaeology of food is filling in the gaps between all the grand monuments and intricately crafted objects that occupied researchers and the public for generations.

3 Things to Know About the Origins of Chinese Civilization

China is big and it’s been around a long time. Top archaeologists peel back the layers of history and reveal how it all got started.

The Illustrated Journey of Oregon’s Famous Wolf OR-7

In 2012, Wolf OR-7 became the first known wild wolf to enter California in 88 years. Now a beautifully illustrated map tells his story.

Behind the Photo: Seeing Double

When looking at National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb’s eerie photo of adult twins in a spooky setting, you expect to hear the duet whisper, “Come play with us.”

A Small Island Takes a Big Stand on Plastic

The Micronesian island of Yap banned the use of plastic bags to protect the local environment—and discovered additional benefits along the way.