The Sumatran rhino is one of the most endangered land mammals on the planet. Will you help us save them? _____________________ We teamed up with a cohort of conservation organizations to launch the #SumatranRhinoRescue, a campaign to protect and rebuild a species on the brink of extinction. Visit sumatranrhinorescue.org to join us. _____________________ In partnership with @Global_Wildlife_Conservation, @RhinosIRF, @WWF, and #IUCN.
You can make a living climbing trees, attests canopy ecologist Meg Lowman. “Almost 50 percent of life on earth is estimated to live in tree canopies,” says the Nat Geo Explorer. “Much of my work has involved solving the challenge of just getting into the treetops: inventing gadgets, refining hot air balloon design, creating canopy walkways, working from cherry pickers and construction cranes.” We’re eager to welcome @canopymeg and her fellow treetop Explorers, Kevin McLean, @peter_houlihan, and Nalini Nadkarni to our D.C. headquarters tomorrow to hear their stories from the field. Link in bio to join us.
Our Explorer-in-Residence @enricsala is well on his way to protecting 20 of the ocean's last wild spaces by 2020—his work with @natgeopristineseas has already secured 19. Today, the Heinz Awards honored his commitment to the planet with the 23rd Annual Heinz Award for Public Policy. Link in bio to learn more. Photo: @manusanfelix_official
Explorer Jamal Galves considers manatees his childhood friends—his hometown in Belize is named for the aquatic animals. But that's not the only reason the National Geographic EDGE Fellow (aka @therealmanateeman) is working to save them. #insidenatgeo
Explorer Shane Gero has spent thousands of hours observing sperm whale families, work motivated by a curiosity about animal communities and the role they play in survival. "Sperm whales live in a community that is really a multicultural society," the marine biologist attests. "This is not just animals that learn together. They are showing where they belong." #insidenatgeo
Tomorrow, 20 members of the Okavango Wilderness Project will embark on their ninth and final crossing of the Okavango Delta. With their gear carefully distributed across ten mokoros (a shallow water canoe), the team will travel from northwest to southeast to conduct their annual wetland bird survey—a study that began in 2010. _____________________ For an intimate look at their journey through this pristine wilderness, follow @intotheokavango. #intotheokavango#insidenatgeo
Experts predict the human population will hit 10 billion by 2050. What space will remain for the natural world? National Geographic Society's @jonathanembaillie offers a bold solution for preserving and protecting nature in the most recent issue of @sciencemagazine (link in bio).
On this day in 1940, four teenagers were walking in the woods when—according to some accounts—their dog chased a rabbit down a hole. Their rescue mission transformed into an unmatched archaeological discovery: southern France's Lascaux Cave, which is filled with some of the world's best examples of prehistoric art. Photo: Cotton Coulson #insidenatgeo#otd
"Ann and Joe were the sorts of individuals who could have done anything. It is no exaggeration to say that they died trying to make a world in which the September 11 attacks would not have happened," remembers colleague Ford Cochran. On September 11, 2001, Nat Geo staff members Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson were aboard American Airlines flight 77 with three D.C. teachers and three sixth grade students, en route to conduct fieldwork off the California coast. Their plane crashed into the Pentagon building.
There's more than one way to tell a story: Today, we'll be in Chennai, India, to teach young people the art of storytelling through both photography and writing. This is the second installment of our Out of Eden Walk Photo Camp series, which taps National Geographic Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Salopek as he makes his way across India on a 21,000 mile odyssey. He's joined by photographer @paleyphoto, who's currently documenting the @outofedenwalk. @ngphotocamp#ngphotocamp