Madhya Pradesh’s wilderness areas inspired Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – and it’s easy to see why Kanha National Park was a key influence. Its misted meadows and lush sal forests create the perfect setting for the real wildlife drama that unfolds here. And tigers have a starring role. While there are several well-known […]

They’re the apex predators seriously threatened by poaching and shrinking habitats, yet few animals capture the imagination like the big cats. We put their image on everything from car company logos to footy jerseys – yet the reality of life for these sentient wildlings is so far removed from our everyday understanding that it takes […]

Great Bear is one of the last remaining tracts of temperate rainforest on the planet – it sprawls along the remote west coast of British Columbia, Canada, almost twice the size of Belgium. And though logging is permitted in some spots, there’s still plenty of virgin old growth forest around Smith Inlet, where you’ll find […]

Churchill is no resort town, but it certainly puts on a show for summer. When I visit in July, the tundra’s carpeted in psychedelic shrubs, the estuary looks like it’s boiling with beluga whales, and the polar bears are still chubby from winter feasting. It’s the, er, polar opposite of what you can expect from […]

The Amur tiger is living large in Durminskoye Reserve, thanks to custodian Alexander Batalov and his team of five foresters. They patrol this 20,000-hectare slice of the Ussuri Taiga, outsmarting poachers, making sure the tigers’ prey don’t starve in the brutal -40˙C Siberian winters, and spending hours in the forest, on foot and on snowmobiles, setting up […]

Galapagos finches are legendary – after all, they form the backbone of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. And they’re in fine company – according to the Galapagos Conservancy, the islands are home to 56 species of native bird, and 45 of those are endemic (ie, found nowhere else on the planet). Then there are the migrants […]

You’re already familiar with Lonesome George and frisky Diego, and it turns out the creatures of the Galapagos Islands are pretty familiar with people, too – in fact, they barely flinch when you slowly creep up to them with an extended lens. I clicked hundreds of reptile pics during my recent cruise with Aurora Expeditions […]

Galapagos sea lions have no fear of people. They tend to view us as playmates, beige wallpaper or, sometimes, a target for a good telling off. I recently joined Aurora Expeditions’ inaugural Galapagos Odyssey 9-day cruise and had countless opportunities to get close to these shouty dog-slugs of the sea. Here, a tiny selection of my […]

Ever wondered how a pro shoots winner after winner… while you fire off 40 shots just to get one keeper? Snap! Here, iconic photographer, Nat Geo Explorer, Emmy-award winning doco maker and TED talker Beverly Joubert reveals her recipe for the perfect wildlife photo. Fauno: What’s the difference between a good wildlife photo and an incredible one? […]

This is Zhorik – he lives just outside the village of Kutuzovka, in Far East Russia, and I went to visit him there recently. He’s a special bloke. As a cub, he was snatched from the wild and sold to a circus. One evening, as he was having dinner, a sharp bone pierced through his […]