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Globetrotting: Saddle up for the world's greatest riding holidays

<b>(CNN) —</b> From the land of "The Hobbit" and Mongolia's steppes to African deltas and the sun-kissed beaches of southern Spain.<p>Holidays on horseback offer adventurous types the chance to explore the world's most beautiful locales from an entirely different perspective.<p>Choosing to holiday on the hoof, …

Three California Gold-Rush Towns Worth Visiting

Floyd Øydegaard won’t let me leave his bookstore.<p>He’s talking to two fellow bearded reenactors and me about Lincoln’s outhouse.<p>“You see, he used a barrel so his coattails could hang off the back edge,” Øydegaard says, his lips smacking with excitement. “He was such a smart man.”<p>The 19th century has …

20th Century

Biking a Path of War, Intrigue, and Tragedy in Bosnia

Adventure<p><b>A filmmaker recalls the horrors of the war his father ended.</b><p>On a perfect July day in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I pedal out of Sarajevo, passing buildings pockmarked by gunfire and shells two decades earlier. These physical reminders of the war are stark and ugly, but something even more …

World History

Black Bears Show Us How to Save Wild Florida

Wildlife<p>I am a multi-generation Floridian and a photographer focused on wild Florida. I’m also a lifelong hunter who has killed my share of deer and hogs, so when I decided to document the first bear hunt in 21 years, I tried to keep an open mind.<p>I met my first Florida black bear up-close nine …

Wildlife

Colorado warehouse exposes cost of illegal wildlife trade

Elephant tusks, leopard heads, crocodile skin purses and tiger skins — more than 1.5 million items in all — fill the shelves of a warehouse on a wildlife refuge near Denver.<p>The National Wildlife Property Repository is the only place in the United States that stores such a large collection of seized …

Wildlife

The Story of Losing a Homeland Through the Eyes of Those Living It

“Life goes on. There is no home anymore, but I feel incredibly free,” wrote Alisa Stoyanova, one of 20 students who participated in the National Geographic Photo Camp in Kharkiv, Ukraine, earlier this year. The students, all internally displaced by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the fighting in …

Anu’s Tale

Changing Planet<p>Snow Leopard Trust researchers have been able to follow and observe a young female snow leopard named Anu over the course of four years as she grew up, dispersed from her mother and later had cubs herself twice in her mountain habitat in Mongolia’s South Gobi. Recent camera-trap …

Photos from 1967 Reveal A Lost Culture in Iraq

Try to imagine how life would change if your water supply suddenly vanished.<p>That’s what happened to the Ma’dan people of southern Iraq—the Marsh Arabs—when the water started to disappear from the Mesopotamian marshes, or “the land between the rivers,” where they had lived for more than 2,000 …

Our seas are being degraded. Fish are dying, but human life is threatened too | Callum Roberts

A definitive study released last week found that the amount of wildlife in our oceans has fallen by half in 45 years. Academic and marine expert Callum Roberts says there is still time to reverse this decline by closing areas to fishing<p>Sardines were once extraordinarily abundant in the south-west …

On his Minnesota land, lion hunter is tough on suspected poachers

Long before he was accused of poaching an African lion named Cecil, Walter Palmer was stalking suspected poachers on his private hunting land in …

Choose Your Own Adventure: Machu Picchu

When I decided to visit <b>Machu Picchu</b>, I was so focused on getting to Peru that I kept delaying another important decision: Which route would I take to access the sacred site?<p>Should I walk along the well-worn paths of the Inca Trail? What about following in the footsteps of <i>chaski</i> messengers on the …

South America

23 Underrated Vacation Spots Around The World To Visit Before You Die

♫ A whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew! ♫<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

OPINION: Saving Wildlife From the Specter of Trade

Changing Planet<p>Elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife across the globe are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, pelts, and bones with no end in sight.<p>Last week, the battle lines for an offensive were drawn. At a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, experts from around the world gathered to …

The Great Tuskers of Matusadona National Park

Wildlife<p><b>Matusadona National Park in northern Zimbabwe is one of the few places in Africa where great numbers of elephants still roam.</b><p>The 404 square-mile wilderness adjacent to Lake Kariba forms part of a remarkable Tusker gene pool that is linked to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange National …

15 things you need to know before photographing your first African safari

Last April I ventured to South Africa for a weeklong safari in Kruger National Park to photograph wildlife. I chose Kruger for its variety of …

Top 5 National Geographic Videos of 2014

In a year filled with compelling stories, some really stand out. Below is a list of our top 5 videos from 2014.<p>In a year filled with compelling stories, some really stand out. Below is a list of our top 5 videos from 2014. We hope you find them as interesting and moving as we do.<p>The topics range …

Wolves and Bears Stage Comeback in Crowded, Urban Europe

Big carnivores are on the rise across Europe, a new study finds, as farmlands revert to wildlife-friendly habitat.<p>Europe, the birthplace of the "Little Red Riding Hood" legend and the Big Bad Wolf, is now home to twice as many wolves as the contiguous United States, a new study finds, despite being …

Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade

For elephants, being held captive in a circus or in zoos is a fate worse than death, says renowned expert Joyce Poole.<p>News that Zimbabwe has captured dozens of baby elephants from the wild and plans to export them overseas ignited a firestorm of alarm in conservation circles, raising new questions …

From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1

Wildlife<p><i>Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field Operations</i> …

The Shady World of People Who Offer to Illegally Sell Chimps Online

A recent report suggested there were 33,000 protected animals—or animal parts—for sale on the internet, so I set off to find out if that was true.<p><i>This post originally appeared in VICE UK​</i><p>Humans are endlessly fascinated with animals. Have you been on the internet? Do you know of Vine? Are you aware …

Teaching Kenya's Warriors to Make Peace With Fast-Disappearing Lions

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Shivani Bhalla enlists locals to save lions.<p><i>Editor's note: Shivani Bhalla is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, a designation that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to care about</i> …

Fumbling Cougar Kittens: Learning to Hunt

Changing Planet<p>F99, orphaned kitten, stretching near a successful kill. She’s wearing a new solar-assisted Iridium collar, which allows us to locate her kills more easily in the field. Photograph by Mark Elbroch / Panthera<p>We recently captured F99, a now 1-year old, orphaned, female cougar kitten …

Industrial-Scale Tiger Farms: Feeding China’s Thirst for Luxury Tiger Products

Changing Planet<p><b>Talking Tigers: Part 7 of a 12-part series</b><p><b>Young, healthy tigers jump through rings of fire, sit upright on cue, clawing at the air, and perform other well-choreographed circus tricks. Enthusiastic crowds cheer. After the show, some pay extra to hold small, cuddly cubs.</b><p>But those who …

4 Places Where Hunters Are Working to Protect Game Animals

In Washington State, North Dakota, South Carolina, and the western U.S., hunters and fishermen are working to ensure the survival of the very species they target.<p><b>As a dove hunter, Charles Lane spends hours crouched in the South Carolina woods, waiting to hear the telltale flap of wings rise into</b> …

Istanbul: City of the Future

From the October 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p><b>Beloved for its complex, layered past, Istanbul, where East meets West, may also offer a vision of what’s to come.</b> <br>I don’t think I’d ever stepped inside a cinema restroom to see little video screens along the wall projecting fashion runway …

Rewilding the Land Can Repair Damage We've Caused and Reconnect Us to the Natural World.

We need to become enchanted with nature again, author says.<p>We live in an age of mass extinctions and increasing degradation of our planet. Rewilding—the return of land to a wild state and the reintroduction of animals and plants that once lived there—is one way we can restore the balance in nature. …

Best of Montana Year-Round: Nature and Wildlife

Travel<p>Discover Montana's most beautiful landscapes, wild animals, outdoor recreation and more through the seasons.<p><b>Glacier National Park</b><p>Celebrated conservationist John Muir called Glacier National Park’s dramatic landscape “the best care-killing scenery on the continent.” More than a million acres …

National Parks