Happy Earth Day! I’m Jonathan Baillie, chief scientist at the National Geographic Society—AMA!
Hi, I’m Jonathan Baillie, and I’m the chief scientist and SVP of science and exploration at the National Geographic Society. I joined the Society after working for 20 years at the Zoological Society of London. While I was there, I founded the EDGE of Existence program, which focuses on Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species. Along with getting my degrees in conservation biology, a lot of my fieldwork has consisted of: monitoring western lowland gorillas in Gabon, developing ecotourism sites in Central Africa, searching for extremely rare endemic birds in the Gulf of Guinea, and conducting behavioral studies of desert baboons in Namibia. My work has been fundamental in defining the status of the world’s mammals. I figured Earth Day was the perfect day to hop onto Reddit to help answer any questions you might have about our planet. Ask me anything!
Thank you so much for you questions: I have to run