National Geographic’s Instagram Takes You Around the World

photo of Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen go Live on Nat Geo’s Instagram account on May 1, 2020.

National Geographic Partners has produced a series of Instagram Lives ranging from Explorer Pete McBride traveling down the Gila River, to photographers Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen exploring the natural world near their home on the coast of British Columbia.

National Geographic has elevated the Live experience, bringing viewers across the globe in real-time to see the world they cannot currently experience.

Today, Nat Geo photographer and Explorer Filipe DeAndrade is taking viewers to every continent on one Instagram Live to look at a diverse grouping of ecosystems and what makes them unique and important to conserve. This Live will feature call-ins from the Concordia research station in Antarctica, to the Ol Pejeta Northern White Rhino sanctuary in Kenya, to the Wadi Hanifa green space in Saudi Arabia, to a permafrost thaw lake in Alaska, to Coral Gardeners in Fiji.

If we can’t be out in the world, we might as well experience it and learn how to conserve it from the comfort of our homes. 

Josh Raab, Director of Instagram at National Geographic Partners

photo of Nsikan Akpan Nsikan Akpan goes Live on Nat Geo’s Instagram account on March 19, 2020.

Previous Instagram Live’s have included National Geographic science editor Nsikan Akpan answering live audience questions surrounding the recent pandemic, and giving latest updates on the pandemic and debunking misinformation.

National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter and writer Sharon Guynup took viewers behind the scenes of their two year investigation into the tiger tourism industry in the U.S., exposing the dark underbelly of hands-on tiger attractions. Steve and Sharon discussed what the new “Tiger King” series didn’t tell us about captive tigers in the U.S.

Explorer-in-residence Enric Sala and staff writer Natasha Daly discussed how pandemics impact nature and animals, while photographers Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen showed viewers the natural world near their home on the coast of British Columbia. They gave the audience a tour of the coastline near their home showing its vistas and wildlife.

Photographer Filipe DeAndrade gave viewers a behind the scene look at sloths in his backyard in Costa Rica!

photo of jimmy chin and peter gwinJimmy Chin and Peter Gwin go Live on Nat Geo’s Instagram account on April 2, 2020.

Oscar winning filmmaking and National Geographic Photographer Jimmy Chin discussed dealing with the unknowns, managing fear, managing expectations, survival lessons learned from enduring hardship, and how this all applies to life now. Through years of difficult expeditions, Chin has assembled a "tool kit" for managing fear and making hard choices in impossible situations. He honed these skills in some of the most remote and socially isolated spots on the planet.

National Geographic Explorer and ecologist Rodrigo Medellín and editor Rachael Bale discussed the relationship between human diseases and bats.

photo of pete mcbridePete McBride goes Live on Nat Geo Travel’s Instagram account on May 15, 2020.

Explorer Pete McBride traveled down the Gila River from a plane talking about its protected status as a wild and scenic river. He then later rafted down to the end of the river.

Photographer Robert Clark went Live with Eugene Polinsky, a Grammy-winning producer, playwright, actor, and World War II veteran. They discussed Eugene’s experiences in the war fighting in Antwerp, and Robert’s project photographing portraits.