Conservation biologist Alan Rabinowitz has devoted his career to protecting “big cats” all over the globe — lions, tigers, panthers, jaguars, and more. His chosen vocation as a “voice for the animals” has brought him to places many of us only dream of visiting: the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, the jungles of Belize, the jaguar corridors of Brazil.

Experience a taste of Rabinowitz’s adventures for yourself. We’ve paired stunning National Geographic photographs of Rabinowitz’s work around the world with audio gems from his interview with Krista. Hear how Rabinowitz’s struggles with human physical impediments (a debilitating childhood stutter and more recently cancer) have shaped and fueled his passion. And while I’d love to someday ride atop an elephant, I’m glad to absorb these incredible photographs of tigers, panthers, and leopards from the safety of my desk.

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fantastic piece. His interview on SOF was very moving and very well done. I have ordered Beyond the Last Village already. Just like Krista mentioned in the intro, he says many things that are quite profound, and very applicable outside even his own very interesting world of big cats. Great photos here. Seeing this showed me that he is (or perhaps was) much younger than his voice sounded from the interview.

This is a beautiful clip-- the audio and photos are extremely powerful and inspiring.