The National Geographic Society is working to help protect our planet’s last wild places, whether on land or at sea. We support critical scientific research and exploration in the field, as well as the development and deployment of innovative conservation solutions that make a measurable impact. We also inspire people to join our mission to protect these extraordinary places through engaging visual and narrative storytelling.
The Last Wild Places program aims to support and scale conservation solutions to increase the area of our planet under protection.
The Pristine Seas team of scientists and filmmakers, led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, has conducted 26 expeditions to the most pristine places in our world’s oceans, working to inspire the creation of marine protected areas and ensure effective sustainable management for generations to come.
The Okavango Delta is the largest freshwater wetland in southern Africa, the main source of water for a million people, and one of Africa’s richest places for biodiversity. Since 2015, National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes and an interdisciplinary team of scientists and explorers have been surveying the river system and working to protect the Okavango watershed.
The National Geographic Society is partnering with African Parks, the Wyss Foundation, and the Republic of Benin to help secure and rehabilitate one of the last remaining wild landscapes in all of West Africa, Benin’s Pendjari National Park, through increased operational effectiveness, scientific research, innovative technology and visually compelling storytelling.
square kilometers of ocean protected
square kilometers of the Okavango river system explored
square kilometers of the Pendjari National Park
National Geographic’s Exploration Technology Lab is harnessing breakthrough systems and hardware to accelerate exploration and understanding of our last wild places through the use of technologies such as camera traps for capturing high quality wildlife images and real-time surveillance of protected areas and wildlife populations.
Photograph by James Kydd
Our work to protect our planet’s last wild places is made possible by support from donors like you. With your help, we're working to save threatened species, protect fragile habitats, and understand the world around us through rigorous research, independent science, and conservation projects. Your support for the National Geographic Society's work can help create a more sustainable future for our planet.
MAIN Photo by Kostadin Luchansky; Photos on “our projects” (l-r) by Enric Sala, James Kydd, Jonas Van de Voorde; PhotoS on “OUR IMPACT” (U-D) by enric sala, Rainer Von Brandis, and Jonas Van de Voorde; and photo on “HELP PROTECT WILD PLACES” by Chris Boyes.