Baby Elephants Protecting Me

Here is my all-time favorite out-take from our work on Warlords of Ivory. Here orphaned baby elephants walk me into a gathering of adult, wild elephants, a potentially dangerous experience. My thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for hosting me and my team.

TONIGHT! Warlords of Ivory

Tonight National Geographic Explorer series returns at 8 pm ET with Warlords of Ivory, directed by extraordinary JJ Kelley, produced by John Heminway. Oh, and I’m live tweeting Q&A after, too (use #NatGeoExplorer). First question: What’s live tweeting?

Warlords of Ivory promo

Camera work by Toby Strong, JJ Kelley, Josh Thomas, Pablo Durana. It is also the cover story of the National Geographic September issue by me and photographer Brent Stirton.

NGM Sept cover

IVORY: A Crime Story

My latest piece for National Geographic, Tracking Ivory, is the cover of the magazine’s September issue and the subject of WARLORDS OF IVORY, the premiere episode of National Geographic’s Explorer series, airing August 30, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel.

Here’s a link to the online version of the magazine story which is part of an incredible package of photographs, interactive maps, videos, and surveys about the ivory trade, terrorism, and ivory consumption.


This project is the result of work by an extraordinary team across multiple National Geographic platforms, including Photographer Brent Stirton; Filmmakers J.J. Kelley, John Heminway, Toby Strong, Pablo Durana, Jessica Harrop, Josh Thomas; Map Genius Virginia Mason, and more. Click on the links for these people and you’ll see the Mission Impossible team behind the stories.