Hangout and Explore Your Neighborhood With Nat Geo Explorers

What’s it like to swim with manta rays off Mozambique’s remote coast? Or photograph the world’s rarest animals?

Our next Google+ Hangout brings together a cadre of Explorers who spend more time in the field than they do in their own homes. This month we’re celebrating The Great Nature Project by asking a manta ray expert, a photographer, a wildlife tracker and a conservation biologist to share stories about their unique experiences with nature.

Meet Our Guests

Photographer and NG Fellow Joel Sartore has spent the last 20 years photographing wildlife for the National Geographic Magazine. A champion for endangered species, Joel began the Photo Ark to document the world’s most ordinary and extraordinary creatures. More than 2,650 species have been photographed, even some that have since gone extinct.

Christened the “Manta Queen”, Andrea Marshall is the world’s leading expert on manta rays. After earning her Ph.D. on manta rays- the first ever to do so- she relocated to the Mozambique coast where mantas gather in large numbers. Diving with and observing these gentle giants led her to discover a second manta species.

Host of Nat Geo Wild’s new series America the WildCasey Anderson ventures deep into America’s backwoods tracking grizzly bears, wolves, mountain lions, and more. When he’s not on the road, Casey’s home with his best pal Brutus, an 800-pound grizzly he rescued from an overcrowded wildlife reserve as a cub.

Conservation biologist Krithi Karanth stands amidst one billion people and countless wild animals struggling to find a balance in one of the most densely inhabited areas of the world. Specifically, she is out to analyze complex human-wildlife interactions in India’s green jewel, the Western Ghats.

The Great Nature Project

You don’t have to be hiking in a National Park or diving in the Indian Ocean to find incredible biodiversity. Look no further than your background to discover an unseen world of critters you may have never known were there.

The Great Nature Project invites people of every age and from every continent to add to a growing album of plant and animal photos. See it, snap it, and upload it with the hashtag #GreatNature to any photo sharing site like Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, or National Geographic Your Shot. By using the hashtag #animal you’ll also help us win a Guinness World Records® title for the largest online animal photo album.

How to Participate in the Hangout

You can be a part of the Great Nature Project and our Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by…

  • Uploading a video question to YouTube with #LetsExplore
  • Posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with #LetsExplore or
  • Commenting directly on this blog post

Follow National Geographic on Google+ or return to this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Tuesday, September 24th at 1 p.m. EST (5 p.m. UTC).

Other Hangouts From National Geographic:

Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker
Hangout With Explorers on All Seven Continents