Lions, Leeches, and Cobra Tongues

Lions, Leeches, and Cobra Tongues

Video. Explore the Earth with one of the greatest natural history photographers of our time, Mattias Klum.


6 - 12+


Biology, Ecology, Geography, Human Geography

NG Live

This video was filmed on November 5, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Noted photographer, filmmaker, and international conservationist Mattias Klum was named a National Geographic Fellow in 2010. In this role, he supports ongoing National Geographic Mission Programs conservation efforts such as Mission Blue, Freshwater Initiative, and Great Energy Challenge, focusing his efforts on critical biodiversity and conservation issues.


  • Introduction: Doing projects for National Geographic (start-01:45 min.)

  • Photographing places and animals: ambassadors for biodiversity (01:46-03:15 min.)

  • The Panama kinkajou project (03:16-07:05 min.)

  • Photographing Asiatic lions in India (07:06-09:39 min.)

  • A helicopter trip above the glaciers in Iceland (09:40-13:53 min.)

  • A long tail macaque's day at the spa in Borneo (13:54-16:55 min.)

  • Video footage of orangutan mother and baby in Borneo (16:56-19:12 min.)

  • Video footage of a pheasant in Borneo (19:13-20:30 min.)

  • Borneo resource use: sustainability and change (20:31-22:45 min.)

  • Working for our own sustainable future (22:46-24:58 min.)

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Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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