Jane in the Forest Again

The famed primatologist meets the chimpanzees of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle, animals so isolated they have no fear of humans—at least for now.

Deadly Contact

How animals and humans exchange disease.

Fragile Russian Wilderness

Russia’s Kronotsky reserve is best left untouched, in splendid isolation.

Hallowed Ground: Nothing Is Ever Safe

Parks nourish the human spirit, help sustain the planet, and reflect the ideals of the societies that protect them. But for some of these preserves, the future is uncertain.

Africa’s New Parks

How to foreign ecologists convinced President El Handj Omar Bongo of Gabon to build not only one, but a network, of national parks.

A Passion for Order

Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus was an early information architect. He believed that every kind of plant and animal on Earth should be named and classified.

Tracing the Human Footprint

Armed with two small planes and infinite determination, explorer and conservationist J. Michael Fay set out to create an unprecedented record of human impact on the land.

Family Ties

The Elephants of Samburu.

Where the Salmon Rule

Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula has some of the richest salmon runs in the Pacific, sustaining animals and communities. Now the fish need help.

What’s Killing the Tasmanian Devil?

Scientists have been trying to identify the cause of a cancer epidemic that is wiping out Australia’s Tasmanian devils. Now new research points to an alarming conclusion: because of the species’ low genetic diversity, the cancer is contagious and is spreading from one devil to another.


How does a horrific virus such as Ebola pass from animals to humans? Even more disturbing—how exactly does it kill? In this exclusive excerpt from David Quammen’s “Spillover,” he recounts a terrifying episode in which a virologist fears she has become infected.

Oct 2012

End of the Line

Blackwater swamps give way to hippos in the surf as ecologist J. Michael Fay reaches Gabon’s Atlantic coast, concluding his 2,000-mile survey of central Africa’s forest treasures.

The Green Abyss

Pushing through the heart of the African jungle, ecologist Michael Fay continues his unprecedented trek.
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The Same River Twice

Stenothermal waters and the remorseless flow of time.

May 1986

Into the Forest

Accompanying rogue ecologist J. Michael Fay for a small portion of his year-long “Megatransect” of the Congo River basin.

The River Jumps over the Mountain

Kayaking down the Colorado River while retracing a billion years of geologic events, some still mysterious.

Riding Out Another Season

Harsh isolation didn’t deter homesteaders from making a life along northern Montana’s Hi-Line. Their tight-knit descendants show no less resolve.

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The Post-Communist Wolf

A lot of things in Romania suffered during the brutal reign of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu—human rights, liberty, economic development. But tucked away in the deep freeze lay a stunningly well-preserved wilderness high in the Carpathian mountains, where brown bears, wolves, and lynx still run free.
Dec 2000

The Bear Slayer

During his quarter century of dictatorial rule Nicolae Ceausescu treated the brown bears of Romania almost as badly as he treated the people. Only his gamekeepers saw the grisly reality.

Jul 2003

Darwin’s First Clues

He was inspired by fossils of armadillos and sloths.

Contagious Cancer

The evolution of a killer.
Apr 2008

Was Darwin Wrong?

It’s not just Fundamentalists who are take issue with the theory of evolution—a Gallup poll show only 12% of American adults believe we descended from a primate ancestor without divine intervention and nearly half dismiss Darwin entirely. Why does antievolutionism persist?

Clone Your Troubles Away

Dreaming at the frontiers of animal husbandry.

Feb 2005

Planet of Weeds

Tallying the losses of earth’s animals and plants.

Oct 1998