Fourteen world-changers named 2017 National Geographic Emerging Explorers

Every year, National Geographicrecognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, storytellers and innovatorswho are changing the world, known as our Emerging Explorers.

Today, the National Geographic Society is excited to announce its 2017 class of Emerging Explorers. The group hails from all over the globe: Borneo, Italy, Mozambique, Angola, the United States, and more. Not only are these Explorers geographically diverse, but they also represent a variety of fields. This year, our Emerging Explorers’ backgrounds vary from photography, glaciology, conservation, geography, engineering, education, and even dentistry. These bold people with transformative ideas are taking National Geographic’s mission further and improving the world as they go.

Past classes of Emerging Explorers have included amazing individuals like Thandiwe Mweetwa (Thandi), a lion biologist who works with the Zambian Carnivore Programme in Africa. Reflecting on her experience as an Emerging Explorer, Mweetwa said:


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