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Father of the whale sharks

July 22, 2014

Above: Over the past 20 years Zorro, a famous whale shark at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, has been seen photographed 34 times. His name comes from a z-shaped scar on his tail. A nine-metre fish and a two-metre human make for one of nature’s odder couples – yet for 20 years Zorro the whale… Read more

Erika Cuéllar relates why South America’s Gran Chaco, the world’s largest tropical, dry forest, is worth protecting. Read more

Exciting projects that employ technology to improve health diagnoses in the developing world, wildlife conservation in Africa and exploration in South America will receive support from Rolex after five young visionaries became Young Laureates of the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise. The four men and one woman from Africa, India, Europe and the Middle East… Read more

Rolex Associate Laureate Sebastian Chuwa died on 8 April 2014 in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, following a stroke. He was 59 years-old. A well-known conservationist in Africa, and beyond the continent’s shores, botanist Chuwa was known for playing a prominent role in saving the endangered African blackwood tree from extinction, promoting women’s rights, introducing new, sustainable… Read more

Maritza Morales Casanova, a Mexican environmentalist and 2012 Rolex Young Laureate, has been chosen by National Geographic as one of its 14 Emerging Explorers for 2014. She will use her prize to consolidate Ceiba Pentandra, a 7,600 m2 environmental education park she has established in Merida, the capital of Mexico’s Yucatán state. “We will begin… Read more