Moving on: This West African giraffe was photographed in Niger. Nat Geo Explorer Ami Vitalesays only about 600 West African giraffes remain on the planet, but that’s up from a low of 49 in the wild. Here’s our story on the plan to save Africa’s giraffes.
Life on the edge: Subzero temperatures, limited oxygen, and brutal storms. What could possibly survive on top of Mount Everest? Nat Geo Explorer Anton Seimon and Tracie Seimon scaled the world’s highest peak to investigate. Turns out, the roof of the world is teeming with life (including creatures like the Tibetan snowcock, pictured above).
That’s Main Street—the Trail of Tears went right down that street. I look out there and I see the streetcars and the people walking by and I think to myself, 'How many people died out there? How many were beaten or sick?'
Accra's jockeys: Before dawn, they gallop racehorses through the slumbering streets of Ghana’s capital to the ocean to train. The jockeys (pictured above in their race-day attire) have horsemanship in their blood but none make a living from their equestrian efforts. “We only need a bit of investment, and we could breed champions here,” says Mohammed Jara, who oversees the Korle Gonno stables.