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Gregg’s Top 10 Okavango Photos

Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. Here, he shares his favorite photos from a trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana that he took with three other National Geographic Emerging Explorers to collect conservation data and scout a future ASC project.

The Okavango expedition for this year is drawing to a close, and now is a great time to reflect on the fruits of the team’s labors. After amassing an entire library of photographs, the images in this gallery have been selected as exemplary from the entire expedition through the Okavango.

The green fingers of the Okavango Delta are immense; not just immense in physical size, but in remoteness, wildness and biodiversity. It is the very picture of what we often think of when we imagine a scene in Africa—without the savanna setting, of course, and with large numbers of aquatic and amphibious creatures. To be in the Okavango is to experience nature and animals not just in the thick of it, but in a special, dream-like place and time removed from the vagaries and boundaries of civilization. In this sense, it is immense because it is universal; a place to be shared by all.

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Gregg Treinish is the Executive Director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Learn more on the ASC Field Notes blog, and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, and stay tuned to learn more about a future ASC project in the Okavango Delta.


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Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor's 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker Magazine "hero", in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow. Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. Read more updates from Gregg and others on the Adventure Scientists team at Follow Adventure Scientists on Instagram @adventurescientists, on Facebook @adventurescientists, and on Twitter @AdvScientists.

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