I think all of you have heard about National Geographic but probably most of you does not have idea about the history of this society. It was founded in 1888 “to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge” with the mission to inspire, illuminate and teach.
The National Geographic Society began as a club for an elite group of academics and wealthy patrons interested in travel. On January 13, 1888, 33 explorers and scientists gathered at the Cosmos Club, a private club then located on Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., to organize “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.” After preparing a constitution and a plan of organization, the National Geographic Society was incorporated two weeks later on January 27. Gardiner Greene Hubbard became its first president and his son-in-law, Alexander Graham Bell, succeeded him in 1897. In 1899, Bell’s son-in-law Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor was named the first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine and served the organization for fifty-five years (until 1954). Members of the Grosvenor family have played important roles in the organization since then. Actually, the Society is governed by a board of trustees whose 21 members include distinguished educators, business executives, former government officials, and conservationists.
They have several programs to preserve different species. In this case, I have chosen the “Up Roar” one but I have talked about the others before in Worldless. I know that not all of you can make a donation to save this species but if you cannot please share it. I will really appreciate your support in this. Thank you very much in advance and I wish you a Happy New Year.