Episode Number: 101
Deep in the lowland jungles of the Congo, a team of primatologists studying gorilla behavior makes an astounding discovery. Wild Chronicles host Boyd Matson reports.
News from Nature
Wild Chronicles begins with an exclusive peak at newly documented primate behavior in Central Africa. Direct from the Mbeli Bai preserve in Northern Congo, Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Thomas Breuer observes and photographs astounding gorilla behavior never before seen in the wild.
National Geographic marine biologist and inventor Greg Marshall deploys his Crittercam® technology for the first time, allowing viewers to see the world through the eyes of a 200-pound bull shark. Filming wild animals is always a gamble, and in the process of attaching the equipment, a cameraman is wounded. The price is high, but the work pays off, opening up an unprecedented view of shark behavior and the deep ocean. In the wake of a summer season of high profile attacks, Wild Chronicles examines how by learning more about sharks, people can co-exist with them more safely.
Adventure and Exploration
Join volcanologists as they venture into the heart of Ethiopia’s Erta Ale, the oldest live volcano in the world, to ply its secrets of creation. Their mission to sample molten rock from the lava lake requires hauling more than 1,000 pounds of gear to the crater, and then rappelling into the active cone. Blistering heat and sulfur stench greet them as they battle this formidable boiling mountain for the sake of science.
Stories from the Wild
Wild Chronicles’ premiere episode wraps up with a battle between Arctic giants. Follow the story of one desperate polar bear’s hunting expedition, as he faces off against an entire herd of walrus. Stunning, rare footage captures his brazen attack strategy against enormous tuskwielding opponents — each animal fighting to survive another season in one of the harshest environments on earth.
For more than 30 years, National Geographic's Boyd Matson has traveled the globe, reporting on nature, exploration, science, and adventure from the heights of Mount Everest to the frigid waters of Antarctica. As the host of Wild Chronicles, Matson connects viewers to the pulse of the planet, reporting on those who are exploring the Earth, solving its scientific mysteries, and advocating for its protection. Go Wild and follow Matson as he roams the globe—and offers a rare in-depth look at the state of our natural world.
About Boyd Matson
As a leading on-air journalist for National Geographic, Boyd Matson has the enviable job of traveling to exotic locations and joining thrilling expeditions. He has traveled to all seven continents, participated in high-adrenaline adventures, and witnessed amazing natural history and anthropology events. He has rappelled into sinkholes, run multi-day endurance races through the desert, and been bitten by more snakes than he cares to count.
Going above and beyond the call of journalistic duty to satisfy his own powerful curiosity about the world and bring a unique personal perspective to his stories, Matson's Wild Chronicles connects viewers to the pulse of the planet. In addition to creating Wild Chronicles, Matson also hosts the radio program National Geographic Weekend, writes a monthly travel column for National Geographic Traveler magazine, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Geographic Society.
Previously, Matson served as the longtime host of the award-winning series National Geographic Explorer. Before coming to National Geographic, he held several prominent posts in the field of television: co-anchor of ABC's World News Now, host of The Real Story on CNBC, correspondent for Real Life With Jane Pauley, co-anchor and weekly correspondent for USA Today on TV, original co-anchor of NBC's Sunday Today, and senior correspondent for Today on NBC.
Matson lives with his wife in McLean, Virginia. They have two children.