Bret Love

Freelance writer Bret Love is the cofounder of Green Global Travel along with his wife, Mary Gabbett. Follow their adventures in ecotourism on Twitter @GreenGlobalTrvl.

Living Legends: The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

I’m sitting in a cluttered workshop in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood. Surrounding me are plastic containers filled with beads and rhinestones of about every hue imaginable, elaborate feather headdresses, glue guns, oversize spools of thread, and fluffy lime-green tufts that suggest a Muppet has exploded. Along the back wall hang spectacular suits from Mardi Gras past, including a cobalt-blue beauty…

Dian Fossey’s Living Legacy: The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

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A 10-month-old mountain gorilla sits atop a thicket of undergrowth 20 feet from my face. He stays near his mother at first, warily eyeing our group of trekkers and trackers huddled together in whispered awe. Overtaken by curiosity, he crawls closer to our clicking cameras, pounding his tiny chest in an adorable display of bravado. Our guide, Francois…

How to Save Africa’s Lions

Living and working side by side, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been exploring the wilds of Africa for more than 30 years. I had a chance to talk with the award-winning filmmakers about the ongoing threats to Africa’s big cats—and the pioneering conservation tactics that are giving these veteran wildlife warriors hope for the future. Here’s what they had to say.