Video: Sights and Sounds of a Storm at Camp

While the caver/scientists excavating early hominid fossils underground remain blissfully unaware of what’s going on up top, a South African thunderstorm moves in and creates a show of sights and sounds for the rest of the team.


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  1. Henry Mielenz
    November 17, 2013, 11:56 am

    Deer National Geographic . I m understand smoll english . I m speak germany . Ich hoffe auf gute zusammenarbeit und moechte mich dafueer bedanken .Vieleicht koennen wir weiter miteinander corespondieren . Ich habe wenig gekd zur verfuegung und zuechte kleine katzen . my home is my sweet home . Ich bin froh wenn man mir probleme mitteilt und ich helfen kann . Greting H.Mielenz Stay Healty .

  2. Paul Brown
    United States
    November 16, 2013, 9:17 am

    So so awesome. More! You all are doing a wonderful thing share your discoveries as they happen. Keep on!

    • Richard Ruggiero
      November 16, 2013, 4:27 pm

      Thanks very much, Paul. I hope that you have seen news of the Ivory Crush event that the US Fish & Wildlife Service conducted at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal this past Thursday. We are very committed to addressing the ivory crisis using all the means available to us and our colleagues. We hope that crushing six tons of ivory sends a clear message to the world and that it is heard by the potential buyers of ivory, who consciously or not, create this global problem, as well as the traffickers and their colluders and those who support the poachers. While at the event, I felt an almost overwhelming sadness, having seen over thirty years of elephants’ suffering at the hands of mankind. Those who toured the repository during the event were moved by what they saw–many to tears. In this awareness, concern, and alarm, I feel great optimism. If we can spread this message around the world, I truly believe that people put an end to this scourge. At the end of the day when leaving the site, I saw over a dozen students from the University of Denver, rallying, cheering, and holding signs expressing their enthusiastic support for what we were doing. They reminded me once again that the future of the elephant, and indeed the Earth, is in the hands of the younger generations. I pray that they do a better job than my generation is doing. My blog entries are usually quite depressing. Today I feel exhilarated and revitalized. Let’s work together, with more focus and passion, and never stop protecting elephants– nature’s greatest living monument.