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Polar Bear Mating: A Chance of a Lifetime

It had been a long time since I had any feeling in my feet or hands as I sat on the sea ice in Svalbard, Norway, at minus 22°F. I wanted to jump around, stomp my feet, and swing my arms to entice the feeling back into my frozen limbs, but I did not dare move for fear of scaring away the pair of …

Annual Polar Bear Migration Under Way: How It Works and How Climate Change Could Be Impacting It

Melting sea ice means big changes for the world's 20,000 polar bears.<p><b>In the past month, hundreds of polar bears have strolled past a small town in Canada.</b><p>It's part of their annual migration back to Hudson Bay, where sea ice is reforming after months of summer melt. To get to the ice each autumn, …

Tiger Expert Dr. Ron Tilson Leaves Great Legacy—But Great Cats’ Future To Be Determined

Changing Planet<p>In reference to his favorite animals—tigers—Ron Tilson once said, “How can you not be fascinated by an animal like that?” Surely, we are all fascinated by the iconic tiger—the world’s largest cat and Asia’s most dominant, yet endangered predator.<p>We are also fascinated by hard-working …

The Nicest Elephants in Knysna

Elephants are big creatures, weighing up to 15,000 lbs (much more than a car), and while they are intelligent and gentle, they can also be potentially dangerous to humans, simply because they are so big, versus our own species which is relatively small.<p>Seeing elephants on safari is always …

5 Winners and Losers on New “Red List” of World’s Rarest Species

From sea turtles to forest giraffes, surprises abound in IUCN Red List.<p>There’s good news and bad news from the world's leading scientists who study endangered species.<p>In the good news department: Leatherback sea turtles are showing significant population gains, especially in the Atlantic Ocean.<p>In …

Why Does the Seahorse Have Its Odd Head? Mystery Solved

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>What does it take to catch your prey 90 percent of the time?</b><p>For the seahorse, the shape of its head, along with its stealthy approach and lightning speed, literally makes a meal of some of the ocean’s most sought after prey: the copepod, according to a new study.<p>A …

The Patient Photography of Steve Winter

National Geographic wildlife photographers have often recounted the painful waiting period that comes with getting the perfect shot. Countless hours are spent sitting within the stuffy confines of a blind or perched behind a crop of tall grasses, camera lens at the ready, waiting for the animal to …

Antarctica’s Thanksgiving Bird

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Thanksgiving in the USA, a time to talk turkey, but in Antarctica it’s the time to talk penguins which we do this weekend on my radio show National Geographic Weekend. We also talk about camping for five days while hanging off the side of a cliff on the frozen continent. …

Mysterious Deaths Threaten a Population of Southern Right Whales

The "mass mortality" of hundreds of southern right whale calves mystify scientists.<p><b>Surprisingly large numbers of southern right whale calves are dying off the coast of Argentina, sparking concerns among marine scientists and conservation officials.</b><p><b>Overall, southernright whales are doing much better</b> …

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What Created the Rare, Breathtaking Fog Over the Grand Canyon?

A rare weather phenomenon called a temperature inversion transformed the Grand Canyon into a foggy fantasy land recently.

Elephant Snack

Changing Planet<p>An African elephant can make quick work of a tree and this one did while I was filming at South Africa’s Royal Malewane Game Reserve. This week when I heard the new poaching numbers that 22,000 elephants were killed last year & 25,000 the year before I thought of this encounter and …