Boyd Matson

Forest Elephant Sanctuary Under Seige

There is no better place to study endangered African forest elephants than the Dzanga Bai in the Central African Republic.  Elephants are drawn in large numbers to this small clearing by the mineral rich soil.  They will hang out for ...

Caving in Macedonia

To borrow an old description, me trying to explore the Gornaslatinska Cave in Macedonia was like trying to push a camel through the eye of a needle.  Thankfully I had some good kneepads because there was a lot of crawling ...

Namibia: The Big Empty, pt. 3

Part 3 of my video Namibia: The Big Empty has some nice aerials of something called, Fairy Circles,” a rather unique feature of the Namibia landscape that looks as if it were painted by space aliens using the desert as their ...

Namibia: The Big Empty, pt. 2 Deadviei

Part 2 of my Namibia video features Deadviei and Sossusviei, perhaps the most photographed spot in Namibia.  Deadviei is a beautiful but eerie sculpture garden created by mother nature’s extreme mood swings.  Here she’s turned a former lake into ...

Namibia: The Big Empty, part 1

Namibia: The Big Empty part 1.  This is a look at that Southern African country which is defined in large measure by its dramatic desert landscape.  To set the big picture we start with aerials that give a sense of the ...

20 Years of Too Much Fun

I used to joke, “I have the greatest job in the world, but it does have a dark side.” Then I would explain, “I’ve also been bitten, scratched and pooped on by one of every creature at your local ...

POOP: Fun, Games, and Science

Archeologists have long dug thru the trash piles of human history to gain a better understanding of who we once were and how we lived. You can find out a lot about a people from what they throw away. Even ...

Desert Elephants

The term Desert Elephant sounds like an oxymoron. How could an animal that eats and drinks as much as an elephant find enough food and water to live in a desert. Savanna elephants yes, forest elephants yes, but a huge ...

One Very Brave 12 Year Old Maasai Girl

It takes great courage to stand up to centuries of tradition, to your parents and tribal elders and say, “No this is wrong, I won’t do what our women have always done, I want a different life.” The strength ...

Saving Cheetahs & Leopards in Namibia

Namibia has more cheetahs than any other country in the world, but even here these speedy creatures are in a race for their lives. I visited Naankuse, a wildlife rescue center in Namibia that is trying to save the cheetah ...

Tracking Leopards

When you’re on Safari in South Africa, you want and expect to see the big charismatic animals, especially big cats like lions and leopards. After all this is where they live and when you’ve gone to the trouble ...

Polar Bears on Thin Ice

Skating on thin ice.  That could be the story line for polar bears this past summer in the Norwegian Arctic.  When I was up there in the waters around Svalbard, Norway it seemed as if the ice was disappearing faster ...

Walrus Dance

Do the Walrus.  It may just be the next big dance craze.  Before you rush to judgment and think I’m just making this up you might want to check out some of their booty-shaking moves.  As you might expect ...

Attack of the Terns

terns: love & war Typically it’s only in an Alfred Hitchcock movie that you have to worry about an all out attack from dive bombing birds, but arctic terns will turn that fiction into reality if you step across ...

The Devil’s Pool

swimming in devil’s pool The first time I visited Africa’s Victoria Falls, I was standing across the gorge from the famous curtain of falling water when I saw a man climbing on the rocks near to edge of ...