Elizabeth Unger is a National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker who has been featured in National Geographic Magazine. A passion for wildlife, cuisine, and exotic landscapes has led Elizabeth across all seven continents, steeping her in rich anthropological experiences that have shaped her into the storyteller she is today.
After acquiring a BS in Biology from UNC Wilmington, Elizabeth worked as a PhD research assistant for big-cat and primate projects in Latin America. Her photojournalism and videography work has been showcased by a number of clients, including NGM digital and NG Travel. In 2018, she was selected as one of five North American regional finalists for the prestigious United Nations Young Champion of the Earth Prize. Elizabeth is currently a 2019 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program grantee for her feature-film debut, Madidi - a thrilling exposé that uncovers a new, deadly jaguar trade sweeping South America for the Chinese black market, and the large political-economic powers fueling it all.