Hangout and Explore Your Neighborhood With Nat Geo Explorers

What’s it like to swim with manta rays off Mozambique’s remote coast? Or photograph the world’s rarest animals?

Our next Google+ Hangout brings together a cadre of Explorers who spend more time in the field than they do in their own homes. This month we’re celebrating The Great Nature Project by asking a manta ray expert, a photographer, a wildlife tracker and a conservation biologist to share stories about their unique experiences with nature.

Meet Our Guests

Photographer and NG Fellow Joel Sartore has spent the last 20 years photographing wildlife for the National Geographic Magazine. A champion for endangered species, Joel began the Photo Ark to document the world’s most ordinary and extraordinary creatures. More than 2,650 species have been photographed, even some that have since gone extinct.

Christened the “Manta Queen”, Andrea Marshall is the world’s leading expert on manta rays. After earning her Ph.D. on manta rays- the first ever to do so- she relocated to the Mozambique coast where mantas gather in large numbers. Diving with and observing these gentle giants led her to discover a second manta species.

Host of Nat Geo Wild’s new series America the WildCasey Anderson ventures deep into America’s backwoods tracking grizzly bears, wolves, mountain lions, and more. When he’s not on the road, Casey’s home with his best pal Brutus, an 800-pound grizzly he rescued from an overcrowded wildlife reserve as a cub.

Conservation biologist Krithi Karanth stands amidst one billion people and countless wild animals struggling to find a balance in one of the most densely inhabited areas of the world. Specifically, she is out to analyze complex human-wildlife interactions in India’s green jewel, the Western Ghats.

The Great Nature Project

You don’t have to be hiking in a National Park or diving in the Indian Ocean to find incredible biodiversity. Look no further than your background to discover an unseen world of critters you may have never known were there.

The Great Nature Project invites people of every age and from every continent to add to a growing album of plant and animal photos. See it, snap it, and upload it with the hashtag #GreatNature to any photo sharing site like Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, or National Geographic Your Shot. By using the hashtag #animal you’ll also help us win a Guinness World Records® title for the largest online animal photo album.

How to Participate in the Hangout

You can be a part of the Great Nature Project and our Google+ Hangout. Send in your questions for these National Geographic Explorers and they may be asked on air. Submit your questions by…

  • Uploading a video question to YouTube with #LetsExplore
  • Posting a question on Google+ or Twitter with #LetsExplore or
  • Commenting directly on this blog post

Follow National Geographic on Google+ or return to this blog post to watch the Google+ Hangout Tuesday, September 24th at 1 p.m. EST (5 p.m. UTC).


Other Hangouts From National Geographic:

Hangout With Buzz Aldrin and Conrad Anker
Hangout With Explorers on All Seven Continents


  1. Executive Diretor Tania Tome
    April 30, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Looking Forward to it.


  2. Mitch Ward
    September 29, 2013, 10:52 pm

    Is not our World the most AWESOME amazing place where without each and every natural (animal, plant, rock, insect etc.) thing in it we as humans are enriched in life by. Lets remember we are not the only inhabitants of the Earth.

  3. ephrem zerihun
    September 27, 2013, 8:31 am

    GREAT project

  4. ephrem zerihun
    September 27, 2013, 8:29 am

    GREAT, its ma biggest wish to go out wiz a crew like u,congratulation guys.

  5. christine nelsob
    United States
    September 24, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Hi… question is for Casey.
    First off…..I LOVE bears….all bears….any kind of bears !
    Some would say I’m kind of obsessed with bears !
    So what does it take to hang out with you and your crew
    While your out exploring in bear country ??? I LIVE in bear country……Kalispell Mt… near you. But I wanna interact like you do….cautiously….but still interact. I’m in LOVE witb Brutus and want to meet both him and you !

  6. Biju Toha
    September 24, 2013, 6:33 am

    Actually I wish to know…. May I use any images that are used to upload before ?

  7. aaaaaa
    September 24, 2013, 3:35 am

    girl look like a cow??!!!!
    If that girl your child..would you said the same thing?

  8. Pablo Medina
    September 23, 2013, 9:08 pm

    Makes me totally wordless to explain the feeling! Great job

  9. Maura
    September 23, 2013, 8:05 pm

    Hi! Im a high schooler with a dream of being a conservation biologist and being out in the field almost all the time! How do you suggest starting out after college/during it! What places employ you and let you live your dream?

  10. anup
    September 23, 2013, 9:12 am

    it is awwwwosme

  11. Colby McElrath
    United States
    September 22, 2013, 8:58 pm

    I have a question to be directed mostly to Casey Anderson…
    I am currently a MA Zoology student who is studying grizzly bears in captivity with the hopes of finding a way to discourage bears from coming into civilization while at the same time encouraging more natural foraging. I know it is a tough issue and just about every ‘expert’ I talk to claims that there is no way of discouraging bears from dumpster diving as it is an appealing, high calorie food source that is readily available.

    I am hopeful that there are techniques and tactics that can be used effectively for aversive learning. Taste aversion has proven an effective way to discourage coyotes from eating sheep, and I can see the potential for something similarly used with bears and human trash.

    My question is, with all of your personal experiences with Brutus, what is your opinion on the prospect of using aversion learning techniques to keep bears out of dumpsters? Discouraging smells (such as bear mace) sprayed in controlled areas, or even drugs that induce nausea and vomiting eaten with trash could create very strong associations that could convince bears that trash does not equal a viable food source. Thanks for your time, and I hope we can come up with a solution other than killing “problem” bears!!

    Colby McElrath

  12. Prasanna Aduvalli
    Balehonnur, Karnataka State, India
    September 22, 2013, 1:42 am

    My question is to Krithi Karanth:

    India is known to have a kind of ‘Cultural tolerance’ towards wildlife. But with urbanization we are loosing this tolerance and are mostly being disconnected with the nature. What role did this play in conserving species and ecosystem in a country with billion plus people? Are we at a stage beyond human and animal co-existence?

  13. Barakat Latif
    September 21, 2013, 7:23 am

    The information and all data facts , really are beneficial
    to every one in our world>

  14. chintu maggo
    September 19, 2013, 7:20 pm

    i love my world….thanksss 4 the discovery networkssssssss

  15. Frederic Ansermoz
    September 19, 2013, 7:48 am

    Hello and congratulations for this great project.
    I wonder how are the chances to be part of these kinds of expeditions, projects etc with Nat Geo, as a beginner or wildlife photographer wanna be.
    I see many devoted people in those projects, so I send them my support and congratulations, as it gives us hope and inspiration.
    Take care.

  16. Inbal Gamliel
    September 19, 2013, 4:15 am

    #LetsExplore – Was it hard to find a research subject? and Do you have some advice to someone who wants to get into the field?

  17. Brigette Hyacinth
    Trinidad and Tobago
    September 18, 2013, 11:50 pm

    This is great! Looking forward to it.