Gabon

Watch a live presentation tonight of a historic wilderness journey, video streaming tonight direct from National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning 6:30pm EST Tuesday, Jan. 9 .  Access through this link to Facebook Live OR this link to Livestream. Twenty years ago, conservationist Mike Fay led a team on a more than 3,000-mile grueling trek from the Republic of...

There’s simply no way other way to begin this story: The future for Africa’s forest elephant (Loxodonata cyclotis) is exceedingly dire. The battle to protect this “hidden elephant” from unremitting slaughter is being lost to a more aggressive and merciless demand for the animals’ ivory. Or as Richard Ruggiero, Africa branch chief at the US...

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...

HOUR 1 Many rebel armies struggle for international recognition and money, in stark contrast to the well-funded government forces they oppose. In Africa, some such groups see wildlife as walking dollar signs, and poach elephants and rhinos to sell their ivory and horns abroad for cash. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay has made a career of protecting those...