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Big Cat Week: Dark Beaches, Big Cats

Tracking jaguars was bound to be hair-raising, but nothing prepared Nikki Mann for the actuality of walking in almost total blackness and being watched by a 200-pound-plus killing machine that had not eaten a fresh turtle kill since last week.

Turtle Ninjas

They often work alone, usually at night, wearing dark clothing. They work long hours for little or no pay, and even less notoriety. They do it for the turtles.

Foodie Bees: Insects Head Downtown for Dinner

Foodies aren’t the only ones these days swarming cities in search of the best eats: Bees also prefer to eat in cities, new research shows.

Private Reserves Support National Parks in Big Cat Conservation

National parks offer large core habitat that is critical for conserving large cats, but national parks alone are not sufficient to sustain a connected and genetically healthy population. Smaller adjacent private reserves improve connectivity and increase habitat extent in areas outside these parks. Sustainable, low-impact ecotourism often incorporates private nature reserves, which can serve to…

Why Butterflies, Bees Drink Crocodile Tears

Moths, butterflies, and bees are known to feed on mammal tears, but the phenomenon remains poorly understood.

March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are held underwater until they blackout and are rescued, put Langston Hughes’ poetry to music, study bats in the living room, grow up with gorillas, survive a deadly Antarctic expedition, remind travelers to represent their nations, refuse to order bluefin tuna sushi, and create stronger laws to protect elephants.

Expedition Diaries: The Monteverde Cloud Forest

This post is the first of Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the Lindblad Costa Rica-Panama Expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. As we advance through a non-paved road uphill, the Costa Rican landscape starts to paint my pupils—we are heading to Monteverde. Before boarding the National Geographic Sea Lion, we will…

Hummingbirds May Change Their Tunes to Seduce Mates

Male hummingbirds in Costa Rice can change their tunes to attract mates, new research shows.

A Dome for Turtles and More

This week, Armando Ubeda, Mesoamerican Program Manager for LightHawk traveled to Costa Rica as part of an expedition to promote the conservation and governability of the Central American Dome. LightHawk is in Costa Rica supporting this initiative led by MarViva, donating flight to the expedition and helping raise the profile of this effort. The Central…

Poison Frogs Make Their Babies Toxic, Too

Strawberry poison frogs of Costa Rica give their newborn tadpoles a built-in weapon against predators: alkaloids.

Musical Mice Sing to Fend Off Rivals

Singing mice in Central America belt out tunes to tell other males not to mess with them, a new study says.

The Legacy of Murdered Sea Turtle Conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval

By Brad Nahill, SEE Turtles On Friday, May 31st, while returning from a long night walking a turtle nesting beach near the city of Limón, young Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted by unknown assailants, beaten, and murdered. The beach where Mora Sandoval worked is a hot spot for nesting by the critically…

Inside Look at “Giant Boa Eats Iguana” Video

Recently, our video editors here at NG came across some footage that was flagged for viewing. Submitted by National Geographic Explorer and capuchin monkey specialist Susan Perry, we expected the video to be of monkeys doing something intriguing or goofy. We were completely wrong. Susan, a UCLA professor currently based in Bagaces, Costa Rica studying the…

New Book Will Open Your Eyes About Travel

From France to Disneyland to Cambodia, from tour buses to cruise ships to sex tours, Elizabeth Becker’s new book spotlights the true inner workings of what some call the world largest industry: Travel and tourism.

The Places We Love IV: Heritage Advocates Want Cruise Ships Tamed

At a first-of-a-kind international symposium in Charleston, SC, heritage experts look at how cruise ships can transform historic port cities. They find that big is not better. Not at all.