125th Anniversary Expeditions
On our new series of expeditions celebrating National Geographic's 125th anniversary, you'll participate in ongoing research and conservation efforts with local scientists and a National Geographic grantee. Throughout the program, you'll work as a group using photography, film, and other storytelling tools to develop a compelling presentation that helps raise awareness about the conservation issues you have encountered, whether it's preserving Brazil's biodiversity, Belize's marine world, or Africa's big cats. Find out more about our three special 125th anniversary expeditions below.
Blanketed with thick jungle and edged by the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize is a small country with extraordinary biodiversity and great natural beauty. Its rich marine life makes it a perfect laboratory for learning about our planet’s amazing ocean habitats and for exploring ways to preserve them for future generations. Join marine biologist Tierney Thys and Belize's top scientists and conservationists to conduct research on the barrier reef. Photograph underwater species, snorkel the famous Blue Hole, and learn about local ecotourism and conservation initiatives.
When it comes to natural resources, Brazil is full of superlatives. It is home to the largest rain forest in the world, one of the largest wetlands, the greatest number of species, and nearly 5,000 miles of coast. Delve into three distinct biodiversity hotspots: the Amazon rain forest, the Pantanal floodplains, and the Atlantic Forest. Encounter an incredible array of species as you explore by horseback, boat, and foot, learning the successes of and challenges to conservation efforts here. Then join scientists to work on the preservation of the golden lion tamarin in the jungles north of Rio.
The landscapes of Namibia are stunning, stark, and home to a wealth of desert-adapted wildlife that National Geographic scientists are hard at work protecting. Work with National Geographic grantees in the field on two important conservation projects that are part of the Society's Big Cats Initiative; and participate in rhino protection efforts. Along the way, encounter elephants, giraffes, and oryx on safari; go whale-watching on Walvis Bay; and climb the dunes of the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world.