Christine Dell’Amore

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 – Alex Honnold has made a name for himself...

Nature pushed the boundaries on bizarre this year, offering up a Pinocchio lizard, a hot-pink slug, and even a sea cucumber that eats with its anus. Luckily for you, we’ve recapped the oddest of the odd: Here are our editor’s picks for 2013’s weirdest animal discoveries.  Tenth on our list of oddest animal stories is...

Nature pushed the boundaries on bizarre this year, offering up a Pinocchio lizard, a hot-pink slug, and even a sea cucumber that eats with its anus. Luckily for you, we’ve recapped the oddest of the odd: Here are our editor’s picks for 2013’s weirdest animal discoveries.  Tenth on our list of oddest animal stories is...

Five new species of bats have been discovered in the forests of Senegal, a new study says. Each less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide, the newfound mammals echolocate, or use their natural sonar, to find prey—mostly midges. “It was quite a shock to find [so many] new species in one study,” said co-author Nancy...

Five new species of bats have been discovered in the forests of Senegal, a new study says. Each less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide, the newfound mammals echolocate, or use their natural sonar, to find prey—mostly midges. “It was quite a shock to find [so many] new species in one study,” said co-author Nancy...

Meet the giant forest hog, which at up to 600 pounds (275 kilograms) brings home the record-setting bacon as the world’s biggest pig. Despite its imposing size, there’s relatively little known about the African species, a bristly black animal with prominent cheeks and sharp tusks. In fact, the hog was only scientifically described in 1904—making...

Meet the giant forest hog, which at up to 600 pounds (275 kilograms) brings home the record-setting bacon as the world’s biggest pig. Despite its imposing size, there’s relatively little known about the African species, a bristly black animal with prominent cheeks and sharp tusks. In fact, the hog was only scientifically described in 1904—making...

A mythical monster has reared its head again: the chupacabra. A family in Picayune, Mississippi, has captured video of a “chupacabra” recently near their home and posted it online, according to the news station WLOX. The family soon discovered others had noticed the mysterious animal, including Amanda Denton, who told Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger: “We’ve been running back and...

What’s better than discovering a rare, furry carnivore that resembles a teddy bear? Stumbling upon a baby version of the same creature. Scientists trekking deep in Colombia‘s La Mesenia Reserve Forest recently spotted a young olinguito, a mammal that was just confirmed as a new species in August. Scientists say it is the first new...

Move over, Lawrence of Arabia: Scientists have discovered dung beetles that gallop through the desert like a horse. The team was studying how three species of flightless dung beetles that live in coastal South Africa and Namibia navigate, when someone noticed a beetle hopping in a peculiar way. (Also see “Dung Beetles Navigate Via the Milky Way,...

The best things came in small packages for scientists studying Gabon‘s littlest predators. For the first time, a team surveyed the west African country for its small carnivores, a group traditionally overlooked by scientists. The investigation turned up 12 species, including badgers, mongooses, civets, and genets. For their study, the researchers compiled data from animal...

The best things came in small packages for scientists studying Gabon‘s littlest predators. For the first time, a team surveyed the west African country for its small carnivores, a group traditionally overlooked by scientists. The investigation turned up 12 species, including badgers, mongooses, civets, and genets. For their study, the researchers compiled data from animal...

Earlier this summer, Lucy Noland, a co-anchor at NBC4 News in Los Angeles, shared some impressive achievements in regard to battling a crisis faced by many metropolitan areas in the US—an out of control stray cat population. Notice I said “stray” and not “feral cat“ population, as the problem demographic seems to be comprised of...

Earlier this summer, Lucy Noland, a co-anchor at NBC4 News in Los Angeles, shared some impressive achievements in regard to battling a crisis faced by many metropolitan areas in the US—an out of control stray cat population. Notice I said “stray” and not “feral cat“ population, as the problem demographic seems to be comprised of...

What’s better than one baby panda? Fourteen, apparently—the Web’s cuteness quotient has just skyrocketed with pictures of a crib full of baby pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in southwestern China. The cubs, born between July and September of this year, are being raised in two delivery rooms at the facility, the BBC...