Events

The global community of National Geographic readers and supporters have access to an astounding resource of talent. Connecting explorers through online content and international distribution of documentaries, books, magazines and LIVE events—exploring the natural world has never been easier, or as engaging.

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This month, NG Live tours Australia presenting a breath-taking exploration of Wild Seas and Secret Shores with ocean explorer and photographer Thomas P. Peschak. Don’t miss our interview in the next issue of Bare Essentials.

For information on NG Live events in Australia visit: www.nglive.org/australia

If you missed the live show Wild Seas and Secret Shores you can purchase the book at: www.thomaspeschak.com

Premiering in November on the National Geographic channel is the second series of Tales by Light, a local production by United Film Works in collaboration with Canon Australia. The revealing docu-series follows in the footsteps of five adventurous photographers as they travel around the world for their craft. Shot in 15 countries over the course of one year, Tales by Light is an insight into what it takes to capture images that tell powerful stories. The raw reality of working with wildlife is established in the first episode; as viewers follow award-winning NG photographers, Jonathan and Angela Scott, a passionate duo who live alongside lions in Africa. Their work represents the challenges and changes to a once vast wilderness spanning decades, and the intimacy of their images is truly captivating.

For air dates and show details visit: www.nationalgeographic.com.au/tv/tales-by-light/

Also on the horizon this November, astronaut Buzz Aldrin in conversation with Ray Martin. The pair will discuss space exploration and colonisation, in Mars the LIVE Experience. Using stunning images and footage from global space agencies and National Geographic Channel’s landmark new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, audiences will experience live an exciting journey to the Red Planet our future new home.

Tickets and event info at: ticketek.com.au

National Geographic encourage people to connect with the frontline faces behind conservation and exploration. Their values highlight the power of integrating education with engagement, and sparking curiosity to bring presence and value to the natural world. The compelling stories and inspiring characters of National Geographic, help shift societies gaze outward—on an ever expanding quest, to understand our world and incite wonder for it’s treasures.

Once connected and inspired to explore, it’s time to experience your own National Geographic adventure.

National Geographic Expeditions and G Adventures have unveiled 18 new trips for 2017 as part of the National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures lineup, including tours through the storied landscapes of Namibia, Japan, France and Canada, plus several U.S.-based tours into America’s historic cities and national parks. The new itineraries will boost the number of tours in the National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures collection to 83.

Among the highlights of the 2017 Journeys lineup are seven new itineraries in Africa, including Wonders of Namibia, which features a lecture and guided game drive with the National Geographic-supported Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. A new tour to Japan will have travelers making sushi with a local chef, watching an ancient martial arts performance, and learning Zen calligraphy. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Canadian Polar Bear Experience provides a rare opportunity to see polar bears in their natural habitat alongside an expert from Polar Bears International, an organization that has collaborated with National Geographic. In the U.S., the Discover California’s National Parks trip visits Death Valley, Yosemite, Sequoia National Park, and features a behind-the-scenes visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For details and a listing of all new trips, visit: www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/journeys
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every species had it’s day? Sadly, to warrant a global shout-out you need to be endangered and under threat.

World Rhino Day is September 22—and whilst this signifies the potential loss of another species, it also serves to unite people in the celebration of a truly wonderful animal.

Click here for some cool facts about rhinos.

Creativity—the key to Conservation.

The team at the Australian Rhino Project have a number of activities planned for World Rhino Day making preservation approachable to a wide audience: hat lovers, children, art collectors, and selfie-supporters are all covered.

And at the heart of all the merchandise and madcap fun is a truly exciting opportunity to safeguard a species.

Operation Rhino Drop!

Global issues can often feel daunting, and beyond our influence. To shift this preservation paradigm, The Australian Rhino Project proposes we air lift the endangered closer to home?

The mission: fly 80 African rhinos, 11,000 kms from South Africa to Australia, to establish an insurance population and ensure the survival of the species. The primary objective to establish a breeding herd of rhinoceros in Australia—a place of relative safety and comparable ecology to their native home—as an “insurance population” in the event of extinction of the species in South Africa.

The first rhinos have been identified and The Australian Rhino Project now need your help to relocate these rhinos to Australia.

Creative ways you can support Rhino Conservation.

Buy a custom designed rhino hat for $20* including shipping in Australia.
*Enter code WRD on checkout to qualify for the special price.

The fabulous team at Plum Products will be offering a great deal for all purchases on World Rhino Day. Plum Products offer a great range of children’s products from play sets to trampolines, swing sets to sand pits, Plum Play have the toys to provide hours of fun. Shop online at: www.plumplay.com.au

Purchase a rhino print from world renowned illustrator Andrew Howells. Andrew’s illustrations are hand drawn using graphite pencil and can take up to 100 hours per piece. Each piece captures the finest of detail, bringing his subjects to life. Prints are available as hand signed Limited and Open Edition Giclée Prints. 20% of proceeds donated from any rhino print to the Australian Rhino Project until the 25th September. Order via Stampede Style: www.stampedestyle.com

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For all those who love social media, The Australian Rhino Project are encouraging supporters to post a rhino selfie on September 22.

What is a rhino selfie? Basically, any picture of you pretending to be a rhino.

Make sure you tag @ausrhinoproject in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Hashtag #rhinoselfie #ausrhinoproject #operationrhinodrop

Keep an eye out on our social media for more offers and exciting World Rhino Day activities or visit the website to learn more: www.theaustralianrhinoproject.org

LetLionsLive.org

The Cecil Summit, hosted this week by Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, has outlined an emboldened commitment and path forward to address the conservation crisis facing Africa’s lions.

Honoring the global outpouring of outrage and recognition that accompanied the death of the now legendary lion known as Cecil, the Summit assembled some of the world’s leading lion biologists alongside influential experts from the fields of international policy, law enforcement, economics, ethics, law and other sectors.

Together, this brain trust of conservation specialists explored the complex and varied issues affecting the international mosaic of lion conservation, and the innovative solutions required to secure a future for both lions and their landscapes, as well as the people of Africa.

WildCRU Director David Macdonald stated, “Lion conservation has the world’s attention as never before. The Cecil Summit is a continuation of an evolving discussion with members of Africa’s nation states who must be part of the solution to save our global heritage.”

Cecil Summit participants produced a five-point declaration, with the goal of forming the foundation of a renewed path forward for lion conservation.

Restoring Lionscapes: Reinstating the economic and social value of lions across their African landscapes in perpetuity.

Inspiring National Communities: Increasing the pride of local people for their lions and establishing fairness in conservation practices.

Inspiring a Global Community: Increasing international interest in lion conservation and mobilizing financial resources on its behalf.

Enacting the Robin Hood Model: Harnessing members of the global community with the greatest interest and financial resources to support conservation in lion range states.

Financing Lion Conservation: Accelerating the governmental and multi-national engines of financial support required to assist African nations to save the lion.

On behalf of WildCRU and Panthera, WildCRU Director David Macdonald addressed members of the Cecil Summit, media and general public at the closing Summit panel Wednesday to share this declaration. View the recorded session here.

Former editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, moderated a discussion amongst panel participants on the complexities of the international conservation frontier. Contributors included Director General of the United Nations Environment Programme Achim Steiner, leading lion biologist Craig Packer, UK Minister of State at the Department for International Development Rory Stewart and Panthera founder and historic WildCRU benefactor, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan. The panel was launched with a message from Edmond Moukala, UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s Africa Unit Chief.

Panthera President and Chief Conservation Officer, Dr. Luke Hunter, shared, “The Cecil Summit underscores the fact that compelling solutions and enormous opportunities to save the lion are within our grasp. Over 1 million square kilometers of lion range are already legally protected but those areas need massive support to truly thrive. Equally, the people that live with lions need to enjoy more benefits from protected areas and have access to new incentives that foster conservation on their own lands.”

Hunter continued, “Conservation and human prosperity are inter-twined in Africa. If we can secure these parks and reserves, we ensure not only the lion’s future but also the future of local people whose livelihoods are directly linked to tourism and other economic opportunities that result.”

Now famous the world over, Cecil the lion was studied through the Hwange Lion Project in Zimbabwe for eight years before his tragic death in 2015 outside of Hwange National Park. Today, the project lives on under the operation of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), with support from Panthera.

Emboldened by the urgency of the African lion conservation crisis, WildCRU and Panthera resolved to utilize the momentum from the death of Cecil to arouse a Cecil Movement. As the world has learned, the lion is in need of conservation attention now more than ever, with an estimated 20,000 individuals remaining across the entire African continent, a number which represents a decline of 90% over the last century.

Panthera Founder and WildCRU benefactor, Dr. Thomas Kaplan, shared, “The Summit holds the potential to mark an extraordinary turning point for lion conservation. As the participants showed, the land and people are there to save lions. What is needed is will…and commitment. By combining the insights of the broadest array of thinkers and stakeholders in the field, from practitioners on the ground in Africa to government figures, there’s hope that the voice that was given to Cecil and his species may yet turn into a roar.”

Preceding the Cecil Summit, Panthera, WildAid and WildCRU released a new lion report outlining the ongoing threats contributing to the conservation crisis facing lions. Read the report, entitled Beyond Cecil: Africa’s Lions in Crisis, and learn about the #LetLionsLive campaign at letlionslive.org.

Panthera’s Project Leonardo leads or supports initiatives in 15 African nations to bring lion populations back to a minimum of 30,000 individuals within 15 years. Learn more.

Nature Roars Back

Our generation lives in the here and now. So, reaching people means we need to connect the here and now to issues that at a glance seem long-term or ineffectual on a local level. These sentiments echo the words of US President Barack Obama in an interview for the docuseries Years of Living Dangerously.

This is also a paramount goal for National Geographic, who believe in cross-platform education which inspires the most curious minds with an expanding canvas to grow and reach people in new ways. NG Live is the on ground extension supporting the societies 128-year legacy, upholding innovation and visual story-telling as the foremost touchpoint for people to connect with the challenges facing our planet.

Best known for his award-winning wildlife documentaries, Bob Poole is in Australia this week to present the NG Live event Nature Roars Back. Offering audiences the opportunity to explore Bob’s Africa, a place where nature is resilient and people play a vital part in that resurgence. Conversation is part of what makes the Live event such a powerful tool for conservation—it speaks to the curiosity of children, the concerns of parents, the interest of entrepreneurs, the inspiration of artists.

Bob’s penetrating insights and captivating enthusiasm draw out people’s natural curiosity, encouraging them to seek and see natures destiny as unwritten, full of potential, wonder and intertwined in our own story.

Tourism, Bob says is a crucial element of re-wilding Africa—“Getting people to visit” that is the inspiration Bob wants audiences to leave with. He knows that for people to care they first need to connect—to see what’s working, how their support impacts nature and be inspired by that change.

Nature Roars Back is full of intrepid inspiration…

Hear daring tales of elephant rescue and the rebuilding of trust between man and animals devastated by war, as Bob and a team of scientists battle to re-wild Africa’s lost Eden: Gorongosa.

In one of the world’s most ambitious conservation projects, he’ll share the secrets of the “Gorongosa code”— and a man’s brave journey of discovery and redemption filming the spectacular wildlife of a paradise once lost.

Join the acclaimed cinematographer and filmmaker, live on stage, for unforgettable images and stories of Gorongosa’s majestic animals—and learn how the wild places we’ve broken can be put back together.

From screen to stage the amazing encounters, heartfelt accounts and thrilling adventures of Emmy-winning filmmaker Bob Poole, literally come to life in this unique look at the rebirth of Africa’s last wilderness.

Want to know the coolest custom-bits of the Bob Mobile?

Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Bob in the next issue of Bare Essentials.

Melbourne • Arts Centre Melbourne • Wednesday 10 August
Sydney • Sydney Opera House • Friday 19 August
Perth • State Theatre Centre of WA • Sunday 21 August
Adelaide • Adelaide Festival Centre • Wednesday 24 August

Bookings: www.natgeolive.org/australia

Explore Bob’s World www.bobpoolefilms.com and @bobpoolefilms

Spread the word #BobPooleFilms

Li Bingbing

World Environmental Day makes good news, it is popular with media for several key reasons. As a global event it is relevant to a wide demographic, it has local and global initiatives for specific reference and represents a collective message—one person can make a difference and everyone should try. Established in 1974, World Environmental Day (WED) has evolved into a collective and cultural movement augmented by resources and inspiration (including celebrity endorsement) on a vital issue effecting us all—how to save the earth and preserve its beautiful diversity.

As a nature news broadcaster the event helps us amplify the stories and projects we seek to provide platform for. However, at Bare Essentials it is not enough to simply communicate a message—we want the value and engagement to resonate beyond the moment (WED, June 6th).

To achieve lasting impact we place emphasis on visual cues and compounding actions, to generate momentum from the enthusiasm of the moment—the message we connect with when we feel part of a movement like WED.

WED Ambassador, Li Bingbing knows how to capitalise on incredible moments. Her passion for wildlife embraces a deeper impetus which, continues to inform and inspire her once the moment has past.

As one of China’s most popular actresses, Li is well known for her achievements both on and off the screen. Throughout her life, she has been involved in charitable efforts where she can “practice what she preaches” and promote the need to lead a responsible life. Although Li’s philanthropic efforts have included various causes, activities and beneficiaries over the years, she has focused on carbon emissions reduction and environmental protection. In 2015, she traveled to Kenya to raise awareness in China about elephant poaching for ivory. She also pledged on World Environment Day to discourage her peers and fans not to buy any products that contribute to the illegal trade in wildlife.

Li’s message is one that pervades through practise, and encompasses her lifestyle. It honours fleeting moments by carrying the value forward through little changes and constant reflection.

“I am a woman of action, I do what I say. I light the light in me to let you see your own light. I don’t shy from risk or controversy and push the limit to prove there is a different, more daring, and authentic way to be who we really are—to live a magic life. I travel the world to bring awareness for the protection of our precious animals, to bring kindness and love to our children. When we protect and give love to them, we are protecting nature’s love and beauty, humanity and harmony.”

We’d like to thank Li for providing this beautiful message. And in the spirit in which it speaks, we hope our readers will print the quote and keep it close. Let Li’s message be a visual cue you reflect then act upon to make the moment last!

Learn about WED and their continued efforts in conservation: www.wed2016.com