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By John Polisar As a college student, my summer wages were earned clearing trails in the premier wilderness areas of the American Mountain West. From the mountaintops, I could look across 360-degree vistas and not see a hint of a road. The areas with grizzlies felt different than those without. In his short stories, Thinking…

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Thanks to affordable digital cameras and sophisticated software, conservationists like K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society now have powerful tools to accurately monitor tigers in the wild. In this video, Karanth describes how an earlier method of trying to assess the status of wild populations of the world’s largest cat by peering at…

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Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— The Carpathian mountains are home to two species of wild cat, the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) and the European…

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Wild cats are charismatic creatures, so you’d think we’d know them all pretty well by now. Just how little we understand—at least in some cases—is reflected in the identification of a new species of cat known as a tigrina in northeastern Brazil. Scientists have discovered that two populations of tigrina previously thought to be one species do…

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Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 Sarah and Eric McNair-Landry are a sibling duo who have crossed…

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A couple of months ago we told you how the age of certain wild animals is determined. Since then, some of you wondered about age-related changes in those animals. Now that it’s September, aka World Alzheimer’s Month—Alzheimer’s disease accounts for up to 80 percent of all dementia cases, in which mental abilities decline and impede daily…

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“Wait, what?” people would say when I told them I worked for the Global Tiger Initiative at the World Bank. “The Bank is saving tigers?” For a financial institution that strives to end world poverty, maybe it’s difficult to connect the dots to tiger conservation. The idea is that poverty cannot be eradicated without a sustainable…

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“Wait, what?” people would say when I told them I worked for the Global Tiger Initiative at the World Bank. “The Bank is saving tigers?” For a financial institution that strives to end world poverty, maybe it’s difficult to connect the dots to tiger conservation. The idea is that poverty cannot be eradicated without a sustainable…

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By Craig Packer Founded by George Schaller in 1966, the Serengeti Lion Project is the second longest field study in all of Africa, ranking only behind Jane Goodall’s long-term chimp study.  The Serengeti lions are by far the best-studied carnivores anywhere in the world, and our research efforts directly led to the discoveries of why…

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Almost 100 million euros (U.S.$ 130 million) has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild, but the world’s most endangered cat species is likely to go extinct within 50 years because the management plans do not provide for the effects of climate change, researchers warn. “Our…

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Like most newborn kittens, Duecy had a furry little face with a sweet little nose. But unlike most kittens, she had a second face. Duecy the kitten was born and died this week in Amity, Oregon, KGW.com reported. She was what’s known as a Janus cat—like the Roman god of the same name, she had…

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