The news only gets worse for Rhinos. South Africa has announced 688 rhinos have already been killed by poachers this year, surpassing last year’s record total of 668. Armed rangers and strict anti-poaching laws seem to have little effect due to the high price of rhino horn on the black market. At Royal Malewane Game Reserve near Kruger park, owner Phil Biden told me he has taken extreme measures to protect his rhinos, pressure packing their horns with poison. My full interview with Biden can be heard this week on my radio show, “National Geographic Weekend.”
Boyd Matson, in his work for National Geographic, has been bitten, scratched, or pooped on, and occasionally kissed by most of the creatures found at your local zoo. What he refers to as his job, others might describe as a career spent attending summer camp for adults. Currently Matson is the host of the weekly radio show, “National Geographic Weekend.” Conducting interviews from the studio and from the field, Matson connects with some of the greatest explorers and adventurers on the planet to transport listeners to the far corners of the world and to the hidden corners of their own backyards. Matson also writes about his experiencs in his monthly column, “Boyd Matson Unbound” for National Geographic Traveler magazine, produces videos for National Geographic.com, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.