Modern technology over the past few years has allowed us to bring you deeper into expeditions than ever before. Join us for a Google+ Hangout on Air at 10:00am EDT on Friday, August 22, 2014 to be a part of the conversation and see this hidden Eden for yourself. While Africa is where we find the earliest traces of human activity, it is also the place where the large animals that once roamed widely on all continents now make their last stand. The expedition will be led by South African conservationist Steve Boyes, and include Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation founder Gregg Treinish, data artist and educator Jer Thorp, and engineer and ocean conservationist Shah Selbe.
This kind of dedication paid off earlier this year when the Okavango was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mission of the Okavango Wilderness Project is to secure the Okavango Delta and its vast untouched catchment in perpetuity. The Okavango 2014 team joined viewers around the world for a Google+ Hangout on Air on Friday, August 22, 2014, answering questions, showing off their amazing surroundings, and telling stories of their adventure. Born and raised in South Africa, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to restoring and preserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that call them home. Okavango Delta Traverse (August 2014)For the first time ever a group of National Geographic explorers will be sharing their every move, their research, what they are seeing, what they are hearing, their very heartbeats, and their thoughts and tweets in real-time via satellite while exploring one of the world’s richest wilderness areas, Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Into the OkavangoFollow the Okavango expedition via data uploaded daily to satellite by the team in the Delta. Born in captivity, these two Bengal tiger youngsters will never be fit for release into the wild.
Triggering a remote camera with her movements, a Bengal tiger takes a self-portrait while cooling off in a pool. In the last century, tiger numbers fell from 100,000 to 3,200 and they now live in only seven percent of their historical range.
The king of the African savannah is in serious trouble because of massive conversion of the continent’s remaining wilderness to human land-use, according to a detailed study.
Intensely shy and hovering on the edge of extinction, Iranian cheetahs are essentially impossible to see.
Thinking of snow leopards as domesticated—and thus dependent on people for food—may help save the dwindling species, one conservationist claims. Beating Usain Bolt's best, Sarah the "polka-dotted missile" clocked the world's fastest recorded time for a 100-meter run. National Geographic explores how we can feed the growing population without overwhelming the planet in our food series. Volunteers risk their lives to vaccinate children in Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria. Leonardo DiCaprio has been getting plenty of buzz for his Oscar-nominated role in The Wolf of Wall Street, but he recently proved that these days, he’s investing in much more than his career—he’s also investing in the future of our oceans.
The grant, which will be spread out over a three-year period, will be used to protect threatened ocean habitats and keystone marine species (including sharks), as well as advocate for responsible fishing measures. One specific campaign that will be supported by the grant is Oceana’s aim to ban drift gillnets off of southern California. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has also provided grants to other organizations for causes including access to clean water, saving tigers from extinction, and protecting Antarctica.
Ocean ViewsOcean Views brings new and experienced voices together to discuss the threats facing our ocean and to celebrate successes. The Aquarium of the WorldDescribed by Jacques Cousteau as the "aquarium of the world," the Gulf of California in Mexico is threatened by coastal development, climate change, and other human activities.


The carbon dioxide we pump into the air is seeping into the oceans and slowly acidifying them. Photograph: Clownfish reared in acidified water can't recognize the chemical signals that guide them to their unusual home—the tentacles of an anemone. In 2007, FWC scientists found an unusual DNA profile of a bass collected in the Chipola River. “We didn’t set out to find a new species,” Mike Tringali, who heads the genetics lab at the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, said in the statement. The Choctaw bass looks very similar to its cousin the spotted bass, so identification currently isn’t easy.
Ongoing study has suggested the Choctaw bass can be found in the western Florida panhandle and coastal river systems in Alabama (see map below). Before the species is officially recognized, the American Fisheries Society must approve it. Some 50 known species have already gone extinct there, and this latest finding suggests there may be some as of yet undescribed. National Geographic VoicesResearchers, conservationists, and others around the world share stories and commentary on the National Geographic Society's conversation platform Voices. Society Field Inspection 2016: Gulf of CaliforniaDescribed by Jacques Cousteau as the "aquarium of the world," the Gulf of California in Mexico is threatened by coastal development, climate change, and other human activities. Support National GeographicWe've supported more than 11,000 grants to scientists and others in the field.Learn more about our work. Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger and team have named Homo naledi. With at least 15 individuals of all ages and both sexes represented, the find adds an unprecedented amount of information to our understanding of early human evolution in Africa. In addition, the absence of any other animal remains or large debris in the fossil chamber strongly suggests that these non-human beings intentionally deposited their dead within this cave. BANABA ISLAND, Kiribati—Asbestos dust covers the floors of Banaba’s crumbling colonial houses, buildings, and schools. Using Google+ Hangouts, we’ve connected people around the world at home, (probably also at work), on desktops, laptops, and mobile phones and tablets, with explorers deep in a Maya cave, at Base Camp on Everest, in the Aquarius underwater lab, on all seven continents, and even had a message from the International Space Station. These four creative pioneers in different fields all came together when named National Geographic Emerging Explorers in 2013. They have unique cultures and as far as i know only very few anthropologists worked with Kavango peoples.
They loose their languages, traditions,tribal customs (for example 100 years ago Hambukushu had a coming of age ceremony for boys.
The National Geographic film Okavango is a rallying point for the global community of stakeholders, government officials, researchers, activists, tourism operators, community members, conservationists and guides that support the protection of the Angolan catchment. This team of baYei River Bushmen, scientists, data artists, writers, photographers, bloggers, naturalists and conservation engineers will be taking the very pulse of Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness.
Data is also available through a public API, allowing anyone to re-mix, analyze, or visualize the collected information.
At three to four months the cubs begin to eat meat but are still too young to hunt, a skill they will learn at 12 to 16 months. A remotely operated camera captured this tiger that had sustained injuries after feeding on a porcupine. Some are found in cliffs at the edge of the coastline, chipped away by the relentless pounding of waves. The fishing nets target swordfish and thresher sharks, but often catch and kill many endangered marine animals including whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea turtles.


DiCaprio himself is well-known for his environmental activism, and in 2007 he wrote, produced, and narrated The 11th Hour, an environmentally themed documentary. To learn firsthand what's going on in and around this marine treasure of global importance, the National Geographic Society sent its top scientists and officials to the region in January 2016. So far, the specimens have been found only in areas that are absent their closest relatives, suggesting that the related species aren’t very compatible.
Unfortunately, the region has also seen significant threats in the form of pollution, development, dams, and over-harvesting. Posters and commenters are required to observe National Geographic's community rules and other terms of service. Steve’s passion and years-long dedication to the Okavango inspired the others, who soon realized that together they could make an even bigger impact to explore and protect this land while educating the world about its wonders.
Readers can help build up to our 8-week expedition over 1,000 miles down the length of the Okavango River in 2015 by sharing this epic, once-in-a-lifetime research and conservation expedition down the full length of the Okavango River through an abandoned wilderness into the Delta. This ground-breaking expedition launches on the 17th August and will most likely finish on the 3rd September… Join us and meet the expedition team at intotheokavango.org. They will travel like baYei River Bushmen and be subject to the dangers of encountering the worlds largest-remaining populations of elephants, thousands of hippos, 15–foot crocodiles, and some of the last–remaining super–prides of lions on Earth.Click here for more information. Others form where a lava tube's outer surface cools and hardens and the inside of the molten rock drains away. And with the gillnet bill in California and our recent FOIA’d photos of gillnet bycatch the timing was perfect!
They toured the desert islands off the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula and they listened to presentations by more than a dozen experts, including several whose Baja California research is funded by the Society.
Caves even form in glaciers where meltwater carves tunnels at the beginning of its journey to the sea.But most caves form in karst, a type of landscape made of limestone, dolomite, and gypsum rocks that slowly dissolve in the presence of water with a slightly acidic tinge. Rain mixes with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as it falls to the ground and then picks up more of the gas as it seeps into the soil. The combination is a weak acidic solution that dissolves calcite, the main mineral of karst rocks.The acidic water percolates down into the Earth through cracks and fractures and creates a network of passages like an underground plumbing system. This is one of the last places on Earth where modern humans can witness the balance of wild animals and landscape that preceded our era of construction and domestication. The passages widen as more water seeps down, allowing even more water to flow through them. Most of these solutional caves require more than 100,000 years to widen large enough to hold a human.The water courses down through the Earth until it reaches the zone where the rocks are completely saturated with water. Here, masses of water continually slosh to and fro, explaining why many caverns lay nearly horizontal.Fanciful FeaturesHidden in the darkness of caves, rock formations called speleothems droop from the ceilings like icicles, emerge from the floor like mushrooms, and cover the sides like sheets of a waterfall. Speleothems form as the carbon dioxide in the acidic water escapes in the airiness of the cave and the dissolved calcite hardens once again.The icicle-shaped formations are called stalactites and form as water drips from the cave roof. Stalagmites grow up from the floor, usually from the water that drips off the end of stalactites.



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