Saving the Creeps

Saving the Creeps

Emerging Explorer and zoologist Lucy Cooke is on a one-woman crusade to champion ugly and unloved creatures so vital to Earth's biodiversity.


5 - 12+


Biology, Conservation

NG Live

This video was filmed on Wednesday, June 13th at the 2012 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., United States.

Quick! Which species pulls at your heartstrings—a tiger cub or an algae-covered sloth? A panda or a toad? When it comes to emotional attachment, global popularity, and conservation support, the fluffier your fur and the bigger your eyes, the better your chances—unless zoologist Lucy Cooke has a vote. She's on a one-woman crusade to show the world why some of the most unlovable animals are actually the most interesting and deserving of our attention, study, and protection.


  • Making ugly and unloved animals popular (start-02:40 min.)
  • Cooke's career and desire to tell the story of uncharismatic animals (02:41-04:52 min.)
  • Using the digital revolution to broadcast the real-time adventures of the Amphibian Avenger (04:53-07:55 min.)
  • The next adventure: sloths (07:56-08:48 min.)
  • Video: Meet the residents of the Aviarios sloth orphanage (08:49-09:55 min.)
  • Founding the Sloth Appreciation Society (09:56-12:13 min.)
  • Sharing the love: fighting to save small animals as well as big animals (12:14-13:24 min.)
  • Freaks and Creeps: a National Geographic Television mini-series (13:25-14:21 min.)
  • Reaching an audience who cares (14:22-14:53 min.)

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Nina Page, National Geographic Society
Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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