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New Threats Emphasize Need for Proactive Amazon Jaguar Conservation Planning

Now facing hunting pressure to meet a growing demand for trade in its parts, the jaguar occupies a special place in the history, culture, and traditions of Latin America. Revered for centuries by indigenous peoples for its strength and agility, the jaguar may well depend for its continued existence upon the care and cooperation of those who continue to live with this extraordinary animal.

Saving Sharks in the Galapagos, One Person at a Time

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. It’s a common scene. You’re at…

These Spiders Won’t Panic at the Disco

Get to know the bizarre and beautiful critters discovered on a recent expedition to the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Sangay Volcano Erupts in Ecuador

In December we’d been walking on its slopes, collecting rock samples. One month after we departed, Sangay started erupting with ferocity again.

Collecting Clues to Solve a Volcanic Mystery

After nearly two weeks on its slopes and summit, we are now one step closer to understanding the genesis, evolution, and future of Sangay volcano in Ecuador.

A Volcanic Adventure on “The Giver”

Ken Sims is off to explore another volcano—this time in the dizzying reaches of Ecuador’s highlands. The Sangay volcano is one of the most remote, dangerous and active volcanoes in the world, and Ken wants to collect lava samples as they erupt from the summit.

Five New “Flying Monkeys” Identified in Amazon

Five species of acrobatic monkey that have long flown under the scientific radar have been named in South America, a new study says.

Stop that Cow: When Ecuadoran Cities Organize to Protect Water Supplies

Arturo Quevedo, the engineer responsible for the watershed protection program for Loja, Ecuador’s municipal water agency, has a kind demeanor. His slightly crooked front teeth are prominent beneath his moustache as he waxes ebullient about clean water percolating through forested slopes, coursing through pipes, and hydrating Loja’s children. But don’t let the gentle, nature-lover exterior fool you. As tender as he is with the landscape, he is equally fierce in sniffing out water-polluting scum.

Emerald Lizard Discovered in Ecuador

A new species of lizard with a brilliant emerald head is the new jewel of Ecuador.

24 New Wasp Species Mummify Their Prey

Twenty-four new species of parasitic wasp have been discovered in the cloud forests of Ecuador, a new study says.

Why Butterflies, Bees Drink Crocodile Tears

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

Biologists Find “Extinct” Andean Toad Alive and Well

A rare toad species long thought extinct turns up in an Ecuadorian forest.

Geography in the News: Bananas, the Top Fruit

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Banana Story An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of  Samuel “Sam the Banana Man” Zemurray. Therein lies an interesting economic geography of international intrigue and business success with lessons to be learned today about international trade by large corporations. Zemurray,…

“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador

It’s no lie—scientists have spotted a lizard whose males have noses like Pinocchio in the Amazon rain forest.

September 22, 2013: Paddling the Americas, Blind Date Adventures, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, as we pursue adrenaline and white water throughout the Americas, blind date for 200 miles down Alaska’s Lost Coast, and learn to thrive despite past failures.