No108 China: Pandas
Sichuan’s Anzihe Nature Reserve has more giant pandas per square mile than anywhere else
No107 Denmark: Shepherds
In the Faroe Islands, locals go to great lengths—and heights—to preserve a tradition of “extreme ranching”
No103 Japan: Fox Dance
To please ancestors, children in Himeshima transform into animals and princesses.
No100 Russia: Sled Drivers
With help from trained reindeer, Siberia’s nomadic Nenets speed across the tundra.
No99 China: Wrestlers
For more than 7,000 years, aspiring “Invincible Titans” have grappled on the Central Asian steppe.
No97 Turkey: Circumcision
In Istanbul, boys undergo an ancient surgical procedure—and get the royal treatment.
No96 Spain: Lynx
Stealthy habits and GPS collars have helped Western Europe’s rarest wildcat hang on.
No93 Indonesia: Monkeys
Will Borneo’s big-nosed, pot-bellied primate swing and swim in the wild for much longer?
No91 Italy: Sheep Routes
Thousands of sheep crowd through the Po Valley on an annual migration between Alps and plain.
No90 United States: Scavengers
In Montana, a Native American buffalo hunt sets the scene for a conscientious frontier revival.
No88 Lesotho: Horsemen
In a tiny highland nation in southern Africa, herders dignify simple lives with striking costume.
No87 Japan: Sanno Fest
In Otsu, a 1,200-year-old celebration honors lusty mountain gods every spring.
No81 India: Nose Plugs
In the eastern highlands, grandmothers wear tribal affiliation on their faces.
No68 Italy: Palio Parade
Siena’s medieval-themed processions lay bare the city’s sturdy, tangled roots. Just don’t call them reenactments.
No61 Greenland: Icebergs
Hardly inert, the frozen giants of the Illulissat Icefjord are harbingers of dramatic change
No58 United States: Grizzly Bears
In America's first national park, an iconic omnivore roams an extremely varied path.
No44 United States: Antelope Canyon
In the Arizona desert, an underground corridor unlike any other.
No19 TURKEY: OIL WRESTLING
A tournament that has attracted slippery strongmen since the 14th century.
No18 FRANCE: MICRO-NATION
Why one historic valley district has its own customs agents and passport stamps.
No14 United States: “Little Denmark”
A California town that preserves (and performs) its Danish roots with gusto.
No6 United States: ARCTIC SHACKS
The improvised, weather-resistant hunting cabins of Alaska's native Iñupiats.