Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Sponsor An Explorer

Join the GSP in our commitment to support explorer/naturalist Paul Rosolie on his latest expedition to India, tracking the migration of tigers and elephants through their fragmented habitats, and in Peru, continuing his efforts to protect precious species and eco-systems.

We will follow him as he explores deep forests and villages, documenting the devastating realities of overlapping human/wildlife worlds. His recent reports from the field tell of “villagers using explosives to scare off elephants that come to raid their crops” and “tigers killing cows” and maiming humans.

Paul will return to Philadelphia December 7th to present to the GSP his incredible film footage and give us a first-hand account of his amazing experiences that you won’t want to miss!

Please help the GSP to support Paul on this important research project! Our Board of Directors has pledged matching funds for donations received (up to $1,500) toward a grant for his expedition and for his presentation in Philadelphia.

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Paul Rosolie's India Expedition
Paul Rosolie’s India Expedition


Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, author, and award-winning wildlife filmmaker. His mission as an author is “to blend adventure and conservation with … an ecological call to arms.”

In his words, “In 2014 the World Wildlife Fund released the staggering news that in the last forty years we have lost more than half of the wildlife on our planet. This news comes at a time when many people are realizing that the health of our environment and natural systems is at a critical crossroads in history. Amidst the complicated reality of our own species’ survival, many today feel that the loss of biodiversity is the defining issue of our time. After ten years on the front lines of wildlife and ecosystem conservation I am certain of this fact: for many of our most iconic ecosystems and species, we will either be the generation that saves them, or the generation that is remembered as having lost them for good.”

“For the past decade I have been on the front lines of wildlife conservation in the Amazon, as well as places like Borneo, India, and Indonesia. I have documented new ecosystems, launched (never-done-before) studies, and explored some of the deepest wilderness on earth. I have also witnessed the staggering depletion of wilderness in the wake of globalization – rapid development and the destruction of ecosystems. During my time in the field I have traveled with poachers, documented illegal logging, and worked for on-the-ground solutions to help protect crucial areas.”

Paul began his India research eight years ago. He summarizes his current expedition as follows:

“Today the global population of wild tigers is fewer than 3000 individuals spread out across eleven countries. With numbers this low, and the continued threat of prey depletion, habitat destruction, and direct hunting, tigers are at extreme risk of extinction. India is currently the country with the largest tiger population. I will be tracking critically endangered Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) and Asiatic elephants (Eliphas maximus) through human dominated landscapes and deep forest strongholds to uncover how they are managing to survive in our planet’s second most populous country.”