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We focus our attention on key projects that emphasize science, technology, and storytelling to help protect species-at-risk, better understand human history and culture, and conserve some of our planet’s last wild places.
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We’ve been making discoveries—and making an impact— for 130 years. Now you can explore this fascinating history firsthand with a new, interactive timeline that takes you behind the scenes through rare video footage, photos, artifacts, and inside stories.
Top ImageS (1-4) BY: PETE MULLER, MANU SAN FÉlix, Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark, and john stanmeyer. "Current projects” photographs: (beyond yellowstone); BEVERLY JOUBERT/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (BIG CATS INITIATIVE); CHRIS BOYES/national geographic (last wild places); JAMES KYDD (OKAVANGO WILDERNESS PROJECT); JOHN STANMEYER/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (OUT OF EDEN WALK); Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark (Photo Ark); Stacy Gold/National Geographic (Photo Camp); Randy Olson/national geographic (plastics: source to sea); ENRIC SALA/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (PRISTINE SEAS); JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (SUmatran rhino rescue); Robert Clark/National Geographic (Space Archaeology); George Grall/national geographic (year of the bird).