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.

Luke Dollar
Conservationist, Biologist

Wildlife biologist, conservationist, and National Geographic Explorer Luke Dollar first came to Madagascar as an undergraduate field assistant in 1994. He spent more than a decade there conducting research on the island’s fossa—a catlike nocturnal mammal—and the lemurs on which it preys. Motivated by the habitat loss he witnessed, he has worked ever since to translate field studies and local conservation efforts into effective public policies. Luke now manages National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative.

Departure Dates
  • Jul 02 - 14, 2018
  • Aug 06 - 18, 2018
  • Oct 08 - 20, 2018

Patricia Wright
Biologist, Anthropologist

National Geographic grantee Patricia Wright is a primatologist and anthropologist who has served on National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration and its Conservation Trust. One of the world's foremost experts on lemurs, Pat has spent some 30 years studying the lemurs of Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park—a park she helped establish and the site for her discovery of a previously unknown lemur species.

Departure Dates
  • Nov 06 - 18, 2018