Meet the Wildlife Watch Team

A look at the people who comprise the unit.

Photograph by Chris Johns, National Geographic

Wildlife Watch is National Geographic’s reporting project covering the exploitation of wildlife. Learn more about our mission, and meet the team below.

Rachael Bale manages Wildlife Watch and contributes occasional investigations. A former National Geographic Society wildlife trade investigative reporter, she is now executive editor of National Geographic's animal coverage.

Contact her at rachael.bale@natgeo.com and follow her on Twitter at @rachael_bale.

Rachel Fobar is a National Geographic Society wildlife trade investigative reporter covering wildlife crime and exploitation for Wildlife Watch. Previously, she covered criminal justice and potentially wrongful convictions for The Medill Justice Project. She has also written for Popular Science and Bustle. For her work, she has received several awards, including the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award.

Fobar has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. You can email her at rachel.fobar@natgeo.com.

Dina Fine Maron is senior National Geographic Society wildlife trade investigative reporter. Previously, she covered medicine and health for Scientific American. You can also see her work at Newsweek, The Boston Globe, E&E News and Time.com. She has a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Contact her at dina.maron@natgeo.com and follow her on Twitter @Dina_Maron.

Oliver Payne has edited feature stories for National Geographic magazine, including three that won National Magazine Awards for writing, since the early 1990s. Before that he was a staff writer, and he started his National Geographic career as a map researcher. He holds a master’s degree in geography from Oxford University.

You can find all of the team’s stories at Wildlife Watch.

Stories from Wildlife Watch

USDA accused of ignoring animal welfare violations
The Peruvian Amazon's largest wildlife market is back in business
Why the U.S.’s only research chinchilla supplier was shut down

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