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Tracking Tigers Is Just As Dangerous As It Sounds

Matthew Luskin is a conservation biologist, wildlife ecologist, and National Geographic grantee. He spent a year in the rain forest of Indonesia tracking tigers through the remaining three largest national parks—and it was seriously dangerous. “When there’s a tiger around you can’t sleep. You can barely eat. You can’t do anything because all you are…

Putin’s Tiger – Caught in the Act!

By Zoe Jewell of Wildtrack  Last week Vladimir Putin released Kuzya, complete with electronic tracking device, but forgot to tell her she was to stay in Russia. Shortly after she swam across the freezing Amur river into China where she stopped for supper at a Chinese chicken farm take-away.  She left nothing but a few…

I Recognise the Cheetah by its Paw

Nothing quite excites the imagination than going for an early morning’s walk and seeing the paw prints of lions along the road from the previous night’s hunt. How many of them are they? How far away might they be? Who are they? Are they still hungry? Will I live to eat breakfast? Now, spend time…

Moving Cheetahs out of Danger

By Florian Weise,  N/a’an ku sê Carnivore Conservation Research Project, Namibia and National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee.   Last week a livestock farmer called to report a cheetah caught in a trap. He won’t release the animal on site — it will kill his livestock. But knowing about the species’ imperiled status he does…

A Dream Team of International Scientists Explore Uncharted Wilderness in Guyana

Our “Biological SWAT team” has just assembled in the Southern Rupununi savannahs of Guyana to conduct a 3-week biodiversity survey.

The Last Untamed Mexican River

An incredible journey to preserve the last untamed Mexican River: the San Pedro Mezquital.

New Population of Bushbabies Discovered in Northern Kenya

The Somali lesser galago is Kenya’s least known primate. Since 2003, Tom Butynski and Yvonne de Jong have been gathering information on the natural history of this galago. During their warthog surveys in northern Kenya a new population of Somali lesser galagos was discovered at an oasis in the Chalbi Desert.

Where Warthogs Roam at Night….

Kenya’s common warthog, thought to only be active during the day, appears to have ‘swapped’ its strictly diurnal lifestyle for a nocturnal one. In the desert environment of central northern Kenya, food is scarce and there is no drinking water for several months at a time.

Quest for Kenya´s Desert Warthog

Yvonne de Jong and her team are in search of the desert warthog and common warthog- yes, the lovable ‘Pumba’ from the ‘Lion King’- in northern Kenya.

Jungle Science and the Future of Conservation

My love of science comes from many places. I am drawn to the adventure, the exploration, and the possibility of discovery. Like many scientists, my thirst for knowledge stems from an insatiable curiosity about the unknown. Unlike many scientists, my “laboratory” is far from civilization. In an age of technology where information is consistently and…

Excavations at the Site of an Ancient Techno-Revolution

Five years in the making, this NG explorer has finally returned from his travels in Jordan excavating the site of Ancient Middle East’s first techno-revolution. Learn more about what the team discovered and what’s next on their agenda!

Behind the Mexican Circus with Young Explorer Emily Ainsworth

Through her Young Explorer’s Grant, Emily was able to photograph seven different circuses around Mexico City—Circo Hermanos Vazquez, Circo Atayde, and American Circus to name a few. Read more about her adventurers with dancers, ringers, exotic animals, and the opportunity of a lifetime to preform along side them.

Cartlon Ward Nears Last 20 Days of 1,000-Mile/100-Day Trek

With just about 20 days remaining of 100-day, 1,000-mile trek through the Florida Everglades, check out how far Carlton Ward and his team have progressed towards promoting conservation in the Sunshine State.

The Secret Lives of Social Butterflies

In a paper spent many months in the making, Susan Finkbeiner’s report on communal butterfly roosting was released to the public March 21, 2012. The paper closely analyzes the behavior of the Heliconius, also referred to as the passion-vine butterfly, a species of tropical butterfly that exhibits curious communal tendencies. Susan seeks to learn why these insects decide to roost while several other adult butterfly species do not, begging the question “What’s the benefit of being a social butterfly?”

Adios Coiba! Until Next Time.

With the conclusion of Sylvia Earle’s fifth and final day at Isla Coiba Marine Park, the expedition team wraps up their adventure with a renewed sense of optimism for the future of the park and all of its marine inhabitants.