Explore the Earth with one of the greatest natural history photographers of our time, Mattias Klum.

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  • This video was filmed on November 5, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Noted photographer, filmmaker, and international conservationist Mattias Klum was named a National Geographic Fellow in 2010. In this role, he supports ongoing National Geographic Mission Programs conservation efforts such as Mission Blue, Freshwater Initiative, and Great Energy Challenge, focusing his efforts on critical biodiversity and conservation issues.


    • Introduction: Doing projects for National Geographic (start-01:45 min.)
    • Photographing places and animals: ambassadors for biodiversity (01:46-03:15 min.)
    • The Panama kinkajou project (03:16-07:05 min.)
    • Photographing Asiatic lions in India (07:06-09:39 min.)
    • A helicopter trip above the glaciers in Iceland (09:40-13:53 min.)
    • A long tail macaque's day at the spa in Borneo (13:54-16:55 min.)
    • Video footage of orangutan mother and baby in Borneo (16:56-19:12 min.)
    • Video footage of a pheasant in Borneo (19:13-20:30 min.)
    • Borneo resource use: sustainability and change (20:31-22:45 min.)
    • Working for our own sustainable future (22:46-24:58 min.)


    Strategies for Using Video in a Variety of Learning Environments

    • Have students preview several of the videos and choose the one they find most inspiring. Have students describe in writing a conversation they might have with the speaker(s).
    • Freeze the video on a relevant image. Have students observe details in the still image and jot down predictions of what the full video might address. Discuss students’ ideas before and after watching the video.
    • Pose an open-ended question before students watch the video, and have them discuss their ideas before and after in small groups.
    • Have students determine what they think the key message of this video is. Was the speaker effective in getting his or her message across?
    • Show a short clip to engage students during class, and then have students watch the full video at home and write a paragraph responding to the content or a question you give them.
    • Have students note statements that represent facts or opinions, including where it’s difficult to tell the difference. What further research might help distinguish facts and opinions? How might the speaker’s viewpoint compare with others’ viewpoints about a topic?


  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    ambassador Noun

    person who represents a place, organization, or idea.

    Asiatic lion Noun

    (Panthera leo persica) species that split from African lions approximately 100,000 years ago, now native only to Gir Forest National Park, India.

    biodiversity Noun

    all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area.

    Encyclopedic Entry: biodiversity
    conservation Noun

    management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    endangered species Noun

    organism threatened with extinction.

    Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species
    glacier Noun

    mass of ice that moves slowly over land.

    Encyclopedic Entry: glacier
    photography Noun

    art and science of producing still or moving images using the chemical reaction of light on a sensitive surface, such as film or an electronic sensor.

    sustainability Noun

    use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.