These are our best animal photos of 2019
Nature News

These are our best animal photos of 2019

National Geographic photographers have always captured animals in nature at their most beautiful, fascinating, and mysterious. In 2019, a different theme dominated our photojournalism: animals, as they’re affected by us. In the Bolivian Amazon, John Paul Ampudia photographed a man soothing an injured armadillo rescued from a forest fire. In Vietnam, Brent Stirton captured a…

Rare photos of snow leopards and former Russian poachers are helping save the endangered species in Siberia
Conservation

Rare photos of snow leopards and former Russian poachers are helping save the endangered species in Siberia

Djazator, Russia — The Altai snow leopard is one of the most endangered animals on the planet. In the remote mountains of southern Siberia, three decades of hunting and poaching had almost wiped the elusive cats out.In the village of Djazator, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer met former poacher Boris Markov, who said just one pelt…

Amazing new photos of asteroid Ryugu present a new mystery: who cleaned up all the dust?
Nature & Science

Amazing new photos of asteroid Ryugu present a new mystery: who cleaned up all the dust?

A color shot of the asteroid’s surface.MASCOT/DLR/JAXALast October, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped a toaster-sized lander onto the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. The Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) tumbled around a bit, but accomplished its objective with flying colors. It cruised the rocky landscape for 17 hours, measuring temperature and magnetism, and taking some…