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Explorers

Get to know the people and projects National Geographic is supporting to help protect big cats in the wild.

Picture of National Geographic Explorer Thandiwe Mweetwa tracking down a pride of lions.

With a grant from the Big Cats Initiative, National Geographic Explorer Thandiwe Mweetwa studied lion populations in her native Zambia. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in natural resources conservation.

Photograph by Martin Edström

The Big Cats Initiative is dedicated to protecting critical big cat species and the habitats that they call home. To date, the program has awarded over 100 grants across 27 countries to scientists and conservationists working to save big cats in the wild. 

Our Grant Opportunities

Visit our grants page for more information on funding opportunities for conservationists, educators, researchers, storytellers, and technologists through the Big Cats Initiative. 

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