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Meet Three Women Working to Save Lions  

For World Lion Day 2016, National Geographic's Gary Knell celebrates our lion conservation heroes.

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A Future for Big Cats: See How Your Donation Is Making a Difference  

With your help, the initiative has supported more than 80 innovative projects to protect seven iconic big cat species in 27 countries and built 1,000 enclosures to protect livestock, big cats, and people. 

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Leopards Have Lost Three-Fourths of Their Territory  

The Big Cats Initiative has released a new global study of leopard populations that indicates that this big cat has lost nearly 75 percent of its historic range, challenging long-held assumptions about this iconic species' status.

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Tiger Got Your Goat? Here's Who to Call  

This exclusive look at the new WildSeve project in India, funded by the Big Cats Initiative and other organizations, shows how technology can be used to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

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Warriors Saving Lions in Kenya Visit U.S. Schoolchildren   

Jeneria and Yesalai discussed what it's like living with big cats in their backyard with more than 800 California students. The classrooms are raising funds for African schools and spreading the word about the decline of big cats as part of the Big Cats Sister School program.

TOMS Animal Initiative Founder Joins Dereck and Beverly Joubert and Puts Her Foot Down for Big Cats

TOMS Animal Initiative Founder Joins Dereck and Beverly Joubert and Puts Her Foot Down for Big Cats  

TOMS Animal Initiative Founder Heather Mycoskie joins National Geographic explorers-in-residence and co-founders of the Big Cats Initiative Dereck and Beverly in the field to see big cats in the wild for the first time.

Stories From Photo Ark

Join us and help make a difference by sharing, supporting, and saving.

Documenting the World's Animals, One Picture at a Time

Documenting the World's Animals, One Picture at a Time  

A first in National Geographic magazine’s history, ten different Photo Ark images were featured on multiple covers of the April issue. Read the article.

Can You Identify These Animals From Their Close-Ups?

Can You Identify These Animals From Their Close-Ups?  

From spotted fur to smooth scales, Photo Ark’s images demonstrate the vast and colorful diversity of nature. Test your knowledge.

Animals on the Brink

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Get the Latest Photo Ark Books  

The Photo Ark, a lush book of photography, is filled with beautiful and moving photos of animals both tiny and mammoth accompanied by Joel’s powerful story. Also available is Animal Ark. The children in your life will love spending time with the amazing animals in this picture book, featuring awe-inspiring close-up images from the Photo Ark project accompanied by playful poetry from Newbery Medal–winning author Kwame Alexander.

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Streaming Now | RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark

Watch photographer Joel Sartore in action in the new PBS series RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark. Join Joel as he travels to Madagascar, China, Spain, Cameroon, and New Zealand in search of some of the world’s rarest creatures to photograph for the Photo Ark. The journey is tough, but the chance to add species on the brink of extinction to the Ark makes it all worth it.

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September 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT

Week 2 | Lee Berger at Rising Star

Join paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and his expert team for a field trip to the Rising Star cave system in South Africa! Learn about their latest expedition and newest discoveries. In 2013, during their first expedition at Rising Star, Lee and his team discovered more than a thousand fossil elements belonging to Homo naledi, a previously unknown early human relative. Since then, they have discovered more chambers with more fossils of this new species including a nearly complete skeleton. See what they’re discovering today!

Prep your class with the biography, resources, and discussion questions on this Teacher’s Guide.

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Week 3 | Lee Berger at Rising Star

Join paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and his expert team for a field trip to the Rising Star cave system in South Africa! Learn about their latest expedition and newest discoveries.

Prep your class with the biography, resources, and discussion questions on this Teacher’s Guide.

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People all around the world are sounding the alarm and helping raise awareness of threatened species by taking a selfie and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether. See the latest selfies below—then see all the selfies and learn how you can participate here.

Bird Your World

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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes during February 16–19. Share your tally to help scientists create a real-time snapshot of the world’s birds. Your observations help track the health of bird populations.

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Program Schedule

Wednesday Program

01/24/2018, 01/31/2018

First Half

Where The Wild Things Play (4 minutes)

There’s an ongoing discussion of why there aren’t more females in the adventure industry; whether it’s in big mountain skiing, climbing, or whitewater kayaking. Well, it’s about time we found out Where the Wild Things Play!

Kilian (14 minutes)

Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn’t consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.

Dreamwalkers - Faroes Project (Tour Edit) (17 minutes)

Four friends set out on an adventure to be the first to highline in one of the most unlikely of places: the Faroe Islands.

WHY (7 minutes)

Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls toward the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question, “Why? Why do we do this?”

Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa (14 minutes)

Apa Sherpa has climbed Mount Everest 21 times, but he wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Having grown up in the remote Khumbu region of Nepal, Apa was forced to leave school and work as a porter at the age of 12. For Nepal’s rural people, the income earned as a high altitude porter conflicts with the dreams made possible only through education and knowledge. 

15-minute intermission

Second half

Pedal (8 minutes)

Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, full self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.

Edges (9 minutes)

At the ripe old age of 90, Yvonne Dowlen has been ice skating for as long as she can remember. Edges is a celebration of a life lived well.

Walk on the Mountain (19 minutes)

Junior Walk, an anti-coal activist in southern West Virginia, takes us through his battle with mining companies and why he believes mountaintop removal methods should stop immediately on this land that he loves.

Above the Sea (17 minutes)

Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Chris returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

Imagination: Tom Wallisch (5 minutes)

Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents’ car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?

Thursday Program

01/25/2018, 02/01/2018

First Half

DreamRide 2 (6 minutes)

Poetic, artistic and inspiring, ride along as we traverse volcanic fields, explore hidden lava caves, and race down rivers of ice.

Ascend (6 minutes)

As a young adult, Jon Wilson lost his leg to cancer. Mountain biking has played a critical role in helping him sink his teeth back into life.

Into Twin Galaxies – A Greenland Epic (52 minutes)

3 National Geographic “adventurers of the Year” embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.

15-minute intermission

Second half

Johanna (4 minutes)

For freediver Johanna Nordblad diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment that helps heal her injuries.

Sky Migrations (16 minutes)

Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of backcountry scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation. 

Safety Third (29 minutes)

Brad Gobright is beyond bold. From his runout and poorly protected trad climbs to his unimaginable free solos, watch as Gobright recovers from a back-breaking fall and attempts some of the hardest ascents of his career.

Friday Program

01/26/2018, 02/02/2018

First Half

Surf the Line (3 minutes)

For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life.

My Irnik (16 minutes)

Originally from Montreal, Conor falls in love with the northern way of life, and a woman, in the Canadian Arctic. Now the young father helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself.

DugOut – Tour Edit (41 minutes)

Ben and James decide to travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon, live with an indigenous community, learn from them how to build a canoe from scratch, then take that canoe on a journey… What could go wrong?

15-minute intermission

Second half

Intersection: Micayla Gatto (5 minutes)

Mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.

Searching for Christmas Tree (15 minutes)

A university teacher breaks free from a life of routine in China and
embarks on a quest to climb a mysterious frozen waterfall that no one knows about.

Tsirku (Tour Edit) (16 minutes)

A team of athletes sets out to tackle the fabled Corrugated spine lines of the Tsirku Glacier, located deep in the Saint Elias mountains where Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon converge. Needless to say, it was no easy task.

Planet Earth II – Mountain Ibex (Tour Edit) (7 minutes)

Only a few pioneering animals have what it takes to survive in the world's highest mountain ranges and they tend to be some of the most elusive and mysterious animals on the planet. Climb to a world that is beautiful but full of danger, where only the most adventurous animals can hope to survive.

The Frozen Road (24 minutes)

Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic. Yet the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book. 

Saturday Program

01/27/2018, 02/03/2018

First Half

Ice Call – Backyards Project (3 minutes)

Try to keep up to freerider Sam Favret as he gives us a new perspective of the mythical Mer de Glace, at the heart of Mont-Blanc.

2.5 Million (22 minutes)

American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million, human-powered,
vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record.

The Last Honey Hunter (36 minutes)

Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who's been visited in a dream by a wrathful forest spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.

15-minute intermission

Second half

Tarfala (27 minutes)

Far north of the Arctic Circle, next to Sweden's highest mountain, one old man has chosen to spend his life as the caretaker of a lonely alpine hut. Retreating from obligations and everyday routines into the cold arctic winter storms, he's set on finding peace of mind with the life he has lived and those he has chosen to leave

The Space Within (6 minutes)

Imagine your mind wanders from the reality of real life and the space that surrounds you is filled with beautiful, soft, Japanese powder snow.

La Casita Wip (7 minutes)

Two girls from Ecuador have a dream of building their own dirt jumping track in their backyard. So they get to work.

Stumped (25 minutes)

Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn’t want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber…she just wants to be a plain good climber.

Call for next generation of ocean heroes

Sky and National Geographic are looking for the next generation of ocean heroes. Together, we are offering eligible explorers funding and support to run marine-based projects, and the opportunity to become ambassadors for Sky Ocean Rescue. Working with you, we will capture and share the outcomes of your projects, including potential innovative solutions, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding ocean health.