Elaina Kimes

Nights in police custody, fake elephant tusks, and terrorist organizations are all just part of a day’s work for Bryan Christy, National Geographic Fellow and Chief Correspondent to the Special Investigations Unit. In 2014, Christy rigged two fake elephant tusks with GPS tracking technology and covertly injected them deep into the illegal ivory trade in Africa, but as...

National Geographic sat down to talk with 2016 Emerging Explorer and conservationist Thandiwe Mweetwa about dedicating her life to preserving Africa’s disappearing lion population. Having grown up in a small village in Luangwe Valley, Mweetwa didn’t see her first lion until she was an adult. As a team member of the Zambian Carnivore Programme, Mweetwa now...

Frozen in time, Franz Josef Land is one of the last lingering remnants of the wild Arctic. The remote and nearly uninhabited 192-island archipelago is renowned for its biodiversity, which includes polar bears, walruses, bowhead whales, belugas, and narwhals. The intensifying impact of climate change, however, nearly turned this serene environment deadly for National Geographic...

Imagine arriving at one of the last places on Earth, where, as Bertie Gregory  puts it,  “wild land meets wild ocean.” It would take two planes, multiple car rides, and a ferry just to begin the journey. There is no access to the Internet and no phone signal. Encompassing a wide array of ecosystems and...

In April 2013 a team of National Geographic engineers packed up their cameras and headed to Miami. The two “Driftcams” they brought with them weighed in at 150 pounds each and were designed to submerge down to 3000 feet.  Alan Turchik, a National Geographic mechanical engineer, and his teammates, who worked on the camera’s technology...