natgeo Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Meet Keanu, a one-year-old male ocelot destined for the illegal wildlife trade before being rescued by @hojanueva. There, Keanu is being reintroduced, or re-wilded, by Harry Turner and Sam Zwicker on 5,000 acres of protected rainforest along the Las Piedras River in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. To see videos of Keanu learning to become a wild cat, go to @tbfrost
natgeo Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | The summer Milky Way is seen in the starry skies of Yellowstone National Park, far from the vanishing glow of city lights. An icon of conservation, the park is located in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. In 1872 it became the world's first designated national park. Native Americans have lived in the region for at least 11,000 years. While an aurora is occasionally visible on the horizon from this latitude, the green patches here are not the northern lights. They are an atmospheric phenomenon called airglow, colorless to the eyes but not to the camera. The waterfall and the trees are softly illuminated during this single 20-second exposure. Explore more of The World at Night with me @babaktafreshi. #saveournightsky #twanight #astrophotography #yellowstone #airglow
natgeo Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | Illuminated by a full moon in July, Chris Green of the Seminole tribe rides out before dawn to gather a herd of cattle at the Big Cypress Reservation. In addition to protecting crucial habitat for the Everglades and Florida Wildlife Corridor, the Seminole tribe’s ranches keep alive centuries of heritage connected to the land in wild Florida. I have been focusing on Florida ranches for my #PathofthePanther project because they are essential to a statewide network of public and private lands that make up the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The Florida panther and other wide-ranging wildlife cannot survive on public lands alone, but ranches providing critical habitat are rapidly being converted to suburban sprawl that fragments habitat and increases conflicts between humans and wildlife. Learn more by following @carltonward. #nativepride #ranch #seminole @fl_wildcorridor #floridawild #KeepFLWild @natgeoimagecollection
natgeo Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | China boasts some of the world's most spectacular underground landscapes. Several of the largest cave chambers ever discovered are located in China, and probably many more are there, lying in total darkness just waiting to be found. This photo of the entrance passage of Quankou Dong, near the town of Tongzi, leads through to one of those mighty chambers, Cloud Ladder Hall. This shows the view back toward the towering entrance and the main river passage, where we see thick beds of limestone that are visible high in the roof of the cave.
natgeo Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | “El Candelabro” was made by a pre-Inca people, and the original meaning of the geoglyph is unknown. It was engraved on the downwind side of the Paracas Peninsula, where the dew-soaked surface stabilizes this sandy etching of the ancients and the careless footprints of tourists. As seen from a paramotor. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
natgeo Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | After a Samburu wedding in northern Kenya, a quieter journey home. As the moran (warriors) of the Samburu move into the next stage of their lives, it's vital that they have access to health care and family planning. By integrating these along with ecological awareness through education, the following could result: A decline in the number of unwanted pregnancies and infanticides; lower child/infant mortality; and fewer girls dropping out of school due to pregnancy. Plus, natural resources can be distributed more equitably—a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem; water sources remain more readily available for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption; degraded environments are given a better chance of recovery; and human-wildlife conflict and poaching could be reduced. By improving the quality of life for these communities, and as a result, reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna have a better chance to rebound, and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching of endangered and vulnerable species, including elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, black rhino, Grévy's zebra, hirola antelope, and others. To see more follow me @chancellordavid living #withbutterfliesandwarriors
natgeo Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Rays of light: Marine wildlife tourism is a large draw for visitors to Hawaii’s shores, which is a boon for the economy but can cause problems for animals if proper steps aren’t taken. Tour operators must follow strict rules to protect manta rays during night snorkeling/diving outings because participants use underwater lights to attract plankton in high concentrations, and the rays follow to find food. As a result, boats must refrain from lighting hulls to keep the rays from swimming into ladders, rudders, propellers, or divers, which have been known to cause serious injury. It is best to research the right tour operator to ensure you aren’t inadvertently injuring the wildlife you are marveling to see. For more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #moonlight #mantaray #Hawaii #tourism #underwater
natgeo Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Just before the bride makes her entrance into a ballroom filled to the brim with female guests to a majestic song, curated especially for her, women working at the wedding will hold a traditional incense burner to pass bakhoor (scented chips or blocks) among the guests. This is done as a gesture of hospitality. Her guests, having waited a couple of hours to congratulate her, will witness her regal entrance into the hall. #wedding #riyadh #saudiarabia
natgeo Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Tree roots are exposed and carved out from extraordinary high water levels on #lakeErie. The Great Lakes are presently experiencing the highest water volumes in documented history, resulting in overtly apparent erosion and flooding in towns and wilderness areas along the shores. #onassigmnent for @natgeo
natgeo Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk l Underwater universe: these glimmering lights became our night sky as we sailed the Antarctic peninsula. In summer here, days rapidly get longer until eventually the sun doesn't set at all. This phenomenon is called the midnight sun. #Antarctica #underwater #antarcticaunderwater #nature #ocean
natgeo Video by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Mia and Emilka are best friends. Mia, the kitty, had her tail bitten off by a different rhino when she was a little thing. But she persisted, kept her heart open, and one day found true love with a rhino named Emilka at Dvur Kralove @safariparkdvurkralove in the Czech Republic. Mia and Emilka look forward to seeing each other every day. It's beyond sweet.
@safariparkdvurkralove is the same place where the last northern white rhinos came from for their transfer to Kenya's @olpejeta Conservancy. The people here have been instrumental in saving species from the brink of extinction. ️️️Learn how you can get involved by following @amivitale @safariparkdvurkralove & @olpejeta
#WorthMoreAlive #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #catsofinstagram
natgeo Photo by Frans Lanting @franslanting | I’m sharing this image of a young orangutan in recognition of World Orangutan Day. He has reason to look distraught. Nearly half of all orangutans—a staggering 150,000, in all—vanished from Borneo in the past 15 years, due to destruction of their forest habitat and the impact of the wild pet trade. This orphaned young male was rescued and brought to a rehab center, but he won’t have much of a future unless we protect the forests all orangutans depend on for their survival. I welcome you to support the organizations that are on the front lines of helping orangutans, with public activities as well as covert operations aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. And follow me @FransLanting for more encounters with endangered animals around the world.
@leonardodicapriofdn #WorldOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Twins #Orphans #Endangered #Wildlife
natgeo Photo by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames I Blood drips from the beak of a Rüppell's griffin vulture in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Vultures are important to the eco-system as they consume and remove animal carcasses that could otherwise spread disease—in fact they consume more meat than all the other scavengers and predators combined on the plains of East Africa. They are in serious decline across most of their ranges due to habitat loss and poisoning. So let's have a little love for them.
natgeo Photo by @ladzinski | The face of a warrior. This lion is 11 years old, battle worn and still holding strong. He’s held a solitary pride on the fringe of Kruger National Park for the last 5 years. It’s a place rich with lions meaning he’s faced countless battles to retain his Royal position as king of his territory. For a lone male to accomplish this is no easy task and in his time he’s reared dozens upon dozens of cubs. His face is a badge of honor in the lion world, hieroglyphs displaying a history of violent life at the top of the food chain.
natgeo Photos by Tim Laman @timlaman | Birds of paradise have a reason to celebrate this year on Earth Day: the Province of West Papua, where 16 of the 40 birds of paradise are found, has declared its commitment to set aside 70% of the land as protected forest! Swipe to see four of the species found only in West Papua, Indonesia: Vogelkop superb, red, Wilson’s, and western parotia. See more @TimLaman as we celebrate this Earth Day! Birds of paradise are the global ambassadors for conservation of the forests of Papua. #conservationprovince #TanahPapua #papua #Indonesia #birdofparadise @BirdsofParadiseProject
natgeo Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Here, one might say that "simba" translates as "caution, speed bump ahead." But of course simba means "lion" in Swahili. This guy, after spending most of the day feasting on a kudu, decided to take his evening nap in the middle of the road. Speed limits in Kruger National Park are low, making wildlife safety the priority over tourist vehicles. #krugernationalpark #lion #SouthAfrica
To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
natgeo More than 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water and humans have only explored a fraction of it. With waterproof cameras, National Geographic photographers have figured out how to merge our world with the mysterious one below.
To celebrate reaching 100 million followers, we’re resharing a few photos taken at sea level you’ve liked most. Remember to post your best Nat Geo-inspired photos using the hashtag #natgeo100contest for a chance to win a Nat Geo photo safari to Tanzania. Carousel photos by @paulnicklen, @daviddoubilet, @paulnicklen, @thomaspeschak, @jenniferhayesig.
natgeo How do you prevent plastics from entering the ocean? Tell us your solutions, and staff writer Laura Parker -- who specializes in covering climate change and marine environments -- will respond with thoughts and suggestions in the comments. These recent images represent the 9 million tons of plastic waste that end up in the ocean every year. Our Planet or Plastic? initiative aims to prevent 1 billion items from reaching the ocean by 2020. Take the pledge to help at natgeo.com/plasticpledge. Photos by Justin Hofman @justinhofman ; Maarten Wouter ; and Jasper Doest @jasperdoest.
natgeo Photos by @TimLaman | Who says penguins can’t fly? An Adélie penguin leaps from the water to catch a breath and check the shoreline as it approaches Devil Island in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. See the story behind how I captured this photo @TimLaman.
This behavior, known as porpoising, is how penguins catch a breath without slowing down. Penguins actually “fly” underwater; unlike other seabirds that paddle with their feet, penguins power themselves with their small but powerful wings, thus flying through water. More @TimLaman from my recent shoot in Antarctica for @NatGeoExpeditions. #penguin #antarctica #TL_wildlifephototips
natgeo Photo by @brentstirton | This #blackrhino lost its horn to #poachers in #Zimbabwe. They left the animal for dead with multiple AK47 bullet wounds. This bull recovered briefly and walked through the bush for nearly a week in unimaginable pain and confusion. There were maggots breeding in his face when he finally died. We all lost another severely endangered black rhino bull to this incident, further depleting the gene pool of a magnificent species that we are losing. It’s no secret that rhinos are severely endangered today, yet China recently declared that it will once again allow trading of rhino and tiger parts domestically after a 25-year ban. They say this is to accommodate “farmed animals” bred in China. There are many reports on those farms, none of them good. Issues of severe inbreeding, starvation, and other abuses are common. There are also many reports that wild animals fetch higher prices on the Chinese market. Any legalization of these animal products throws open large loopholes for the illegal trade, stimulating poaching against severely endangered animals in countries that feed the illegal wildlife trade flowing into China. This is a very disappointing decision on the part of #China, especially so soon after they agreed to ban their domestic #Ivory trade.
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