Kristofer Helgen

Zoologist Kristofer Helgen is a National Geographic Explorer who has led research expeditions to remote areas on almost every continent in his search for undiscovered species. From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the slopes of the Andes, Kris has identified some 100 new mammal species and documented viable populations of animals previously thought to be in major decline or even extinct. Kris is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Adelaide and has served as curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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