National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Tara Stoinski
Wildlife Biologist, Conservationist

Tara Stoinski serves as President and CEO and Chief Scientific Officer for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Tara has studied gorillas for more than two decades and is the author of more than 90 scientific publications and books. Her work has been featured in numerous press outlets, including National Geographic Magazine, CNN, and NPR. She holds degrees from Tufts University, the University of Oxford and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is an adjunct professor at Emory University and Georgia Tech. Tara also serves in a number of leadership positions within the conservation and primate communities, including as an executive committee member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s section on Great Apes.

Departure Dates
  • Jun 10 - 20, 2018
  • Feb 12 - 22, 2019

Jill Pruetz

National Geographic Explorer Jill Pruetz is a biological anthropologist who specializes in primatology. A professor at Iowa State University, Jill spent two years in East Africa researching patas and vervet monkeys as well as Grevy's zebras. She is one of the world's foremost chimpanzee experts and is currently conducting ground-breaking research on chimpanzee behavior—funded by National Geographic—in southeastern Senegal.

Departure Dates
  • Aug 19 - 29, 2018
  • Dec 27, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019