Published: Sep 04, 2014 11:41 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla- It's a rare and unique opportunity for thousands of Collier County school children, as they learn first hand from a National Geographic Explorer.

Dr. Luke Dollar, an explorer and scientist with National Geographic has been studying the Fossa for the past 18 years. Working to educate the public and school children about this unique animal.

Dollar, is a world leading expert on the the Fossa, a carnivorous mammal endemic to the island of Madagascar. Only about 3,000 remain in the world today and Dollar hopes to not only educate children about this rare creature but the importance of conservation as well.

Throughout Dollar's trip to Southwest Florida, he'll speak and visit with Collier County fourth graders at the Naples Zoo and in their classrooms, Thursday and Friday.

This is the second year in a row Collier County educators have teamed up with National Geographic, the Naples Zoo and Dr. Dollar.

The Naples Zoo is home to four Fossa, two of which you can see on exhibit daily.