Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Teddy Roosevelt first arrived in North Dakota at age 24, with the simple aim of seeing the prairie and shooting a bison. He did both, but the latter might well be the last destructive...

St. John: Snorkeling on the Trunk Bay Trail

The first place my kids ever put a mask and snorkel  into  the  water  was  down  here  in the  U.S.  Virgin  Islands,  and  I’m  afraid  it spoiled them for more ordinary snorkeling experiences.  I ...

Hiding Place of the Jungle Manatee

The Amazonian Manatee, endemic to this region, faces a high rate of extinction in the wild. Anavilhanas is also home to other threatened species, including the giant arapaima fish, black caiman, and two species...

Baja California-A Whale of a Time in Mexico

After being hunted to near extinction in the  1850's and again in the early  1900's , gray  whales  were  the  first  whales  put  on  the  endangered  species  list.  They  made  a remarkable comeback, but now numbers...

The Laurissilva: The Laurel Trees That Got Away

The Laurissilva Forest on Madeira is the largest in the world, home to many unique plant species. The primary threats here are population growth and increasing tourism. Goats and cattle that once roamed the forest, damaging soil,...

The Llanos

The Llanos is a seasonally flooded grassland that covers nearly one-third of Venezuela and more than one-eighth of Colombia. It is most flooded in the central part which occurs on the huge saucer-shaped depression...

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Reserve, formerly known as Amboseli National Park, has been under the control of the Olkejiado County Council, rather than the Kenyan Wildlife Service, since September 2005. This change means that revenue generated...

Petrified Forest & Painted Desert

A better name for the Petrified Forest might be the Petrified Pile of Logs, with its fossilized hunks of ancient trees scattered like kindling across the arid scrubby landscape. But these richly colored petrifactions...

Tasmania-God Save the Tasmanian Devil

Many unique species thrive in Tasmania, one of the world's most unusual ecosystems. However,  increasing  development,  including  logging,  mining,  and  other  industries, threaten many of the island’s most beautiful places. The clash between wilderness and development—including the inevitable loss of habitat—is only one of the...

Sedona Vortices – most readily apparent in the world

The Sedona landscape is commonly described as magical, with its impressive red rock canyon walls towering majestically against the clear, blue sky of central Arizona. The mesas in the region are stark and tall, and dominate...

The Burren- Ireland’s Stony Wilderness

The Burren's stony landscape is a fragile environment threatened by both too much and too little human attention. Every year, thousands of people hike the Burren's rocky paths and marvel at the stone relics...

Sensational Scenery in South Africa

Anyone lucky enough to traverse South Africa will find everything from fields of wildflowers and enchanting woodlands to desert sand dunes that ripple into the horizon. Visit South Africa to experience spectacular cliffs,unblemished preserves,...