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An endangered pileated gibbon with her eight-month-old infant @gibbonconservationcenter, a great facility that I had the honor of visiting not long ago. Their mission is to promote the conservation, study, and care of gibbons through public education and habitat preservation. However, they have lost their lease and need to find a new home for their gibbons soon, and can only do this with your support. To learn how you can help, please click the link in my bio. #gibbon #primate #PhotoArk #savetogether
While not every creature in the Photo Ark has the best reputation, almost all play a role in keeping our planet healthy, which is why we are always looking for ways to live side by side with wildlife. Take these mosquitoes for example. Known as the Yellow Fever mosquito, this species is the main carrier of Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever in certain regions of North, Central, and South America. But, mosquitoes can be helpful, as they pollinate certain plants and often help form the base of the food chain. To keep them away, remember that mosquito species like this one will breed in your yard by utilizing unused flowerpots, spare tires, untreated swimming pools and drainage ditches-anything that can hold water long enough for their eggs to hatch and their larvae to develop into adults. By removing these items, or ensuring that they do not create pools of standing water, you can discourage mosquitoes from coming into your space without taking lethal action. Photo taken at the Urban Entomology Lab at the University of Gainesville, Florida. #worldmosquitoday #mosquito #yellowfever #pollinator #PhotoArk #savetogether
Help create a brighter future for orangutans like Ayu and D.J. @tamansafariid by only buying from companies that support sustainable palm oil practices. While both Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are fully protected by law, the forest that they depend on is not. Logging to make room for palm oil plantations has made it almost impossible for orangutans to find tall old growth trees which they need to cross rivers that divide their habitat. The inability to move freely makes mating with other orangutans difficult, leading to a lack of genetic diversity which can be disastrous for a species whose numbers are already declining. Orangutans play an important role as gardeners of their forest homes - without them, many tree species would disappear entirely. But, humans still want palm oil, so in order for orangutan populations to thrive, humans need to find solutions for people and wildlife to live together. Check out the palm oil story in the highlights section to learn what actions you can take to protect orangutans in the wild. #Worldorangutanday #orangutan #babies #borneo #sumatra #cute #endangeredspecies #sustainablepalmoil #RSPO #PhotoArk #savetogether
Here's one we bet you've never heard of: a snakehead gudgeon. This one was photographed at Templestowe College’s Freshwater Ecology and Marine Biology Department. In the wild, this species is most often found in small and clear freshwater streams. Within this ecosystem, the gudgeon relies on muddy stream bottoms, wood debris, rocks, and leaf litter to act as cover should the fish need to perform a disappearing act. As a species that is entirely dependent on its aquatic habitat, the snakehead gudgeon is also dependent upon us to help keep streams and other waterways clean. Pick up litter on your next walk around your neighborhood and make sure everything you collect is discarded of properly. Keeping our cities clean helps to prevent litter from making its way into aquatic habitats protects many species, including the snakehead gudgeon. #snakehead #gudgeon #fish #bigmouth #freshwater #preventplasticpollution #cleanwaters #PhotoArk #savetogether
Its National Honeybee Day! Did you know that these incredible pollinators are responsible for pollinating approximately one-third of the food consumed in the United States? Cucumbers, almonds, cherries, avocados, and kiwi are just a few examples of the crops honeybees help to produce. During a trip away from the hive, a single worker bee can visit anywhere from 50 to 100 flowers, and in their six to eight week lifespan, each worker bee will fly the equivalent distance of 1.5 times the circumference of the Earth - talk about a busy bee! Check out the link in my bio to learn what you can do to protect this incredible species that works hard to provide for all of us. Photo taken near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. #Nationalhoneybeeday #honeybee #flower #pollinator #pollination #savethebees #pollinatorfriendlyyards #PhotoArk #savetogether
This statuesque beauty is a clouded leopard @houstonzoo. These cats, which are native to Southeast Asia, got their name because of their spots, which resemble clouds. Officially listed as a species in the 1800’s, there is still very little that we know about this species nearly 200 years later due to their secretive nature. Most of what we know about clouded leopard behavior actually comes from observing them in zoos. In the wild, its rain forest habitat is often divided into small, unconnected patches of forest by industrial logging and the development of agricultural areas, including vast palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. If clouded leopards cannot move freely within their home range, they lose access to vital resources and can't find a mate, which leads to a decrease in genetic diversity. You can help protect habitat for these cats by choosing food and beauty products containing palm oil that is certified as sustainable. Check out the link in my bio to learn more! #cloudedleopard #spotty #pouncing #playful #cat #sustainablepalmoil #RSPO #PhotoArk #savingwildlife
With their outrageous hairdos, there’s no question that in the primate kingdom cotton-top tamarins like this one @millerparkzoo are punk rock royalty. If you need more proof, just check out their scientific name Saguinus oedipus - it doesn’t get more hard core than that! There are plenty of reasons to love cotton-top tamarins, and as a result many end up in the illegal pet trade, eventually winding up in people’s homes. In many communities in Colombia (where this species resides in a single river valley) there is no distinction made between domestic and exotic wildlife, and many individuals do not understand how keeping a primate as a pet can be extremely harmful to the survival of the species. @proyectotiti is working to reduce the number of native wildlife that are kept as pets in rural communities by encouraging families to adopt dogs and cats instead of cotton-top tamarins! By offering veterinary care and training classes, the team is helping communities bond with domestic animals reducing their desire to have wildlife as pets. #Dayofthecottontoptamarin #monkey #cottontoptamarin #hardcore #cute #notapet #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk #savetogether
Become a warrior for walruses like this Pacific walrus @hkoceanpark by taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. Commercial hunting was once the greatest threat to this species, but today, the biggest threat facing walruses is the loss of stable sea ice due to climate change. Walruses feed on the ocean floor in the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf, where the sea ice sustains a rich food web. Sea ice is also a resting place for this species in between meals, and females will often leave their young on this frozen platform while they forage. Without the sea ice, walruses must swim longer distances to find food and a place to rest, which means burning through hard-earned energy stores that the walrus needs to survive. Warming conditions also mean more water vessels are able to venture into remote ecosystems that were once inaccessible, increasing the likelihood of boat strikes, water contamination, and entanglement in marine debris. By opting to walk, bike, carpool, or use public transport you reduce your transportation emissions which helps to slow the progression of global warming, protecting the homes of walruses and many other species. #walrus #pacificwalrus #bigtusks #climatechange #globalwarming #gogreen #greentransportation #PhotoArk #savetogether
Meet the argus monitor from northern Australia and southern New Guinea. Reaching up to five feet in length, this large lizard spends most of its time on the ground, digging large burrows to take shelter in. Despite its preference for the ground, this species will forage in trees, seeking out eggs, vertebrates, and invertebrates that might make a nice meal. When threatened or on the lookout for potential prey, argus monitors will “tripod”; raising up on their hind legs and supporting themselves with their tail - a rare and unusual behavior. Recently this species has experienced population declines following the arrival of cane toads (which are toxic when consumed), an invasive species in Australia. However, most of the monitor’s distribution is outside of the toad’s potential range, meaning that the species as a whole is not at risk of extinction. #Worldlizardday #argusmonitor #longtongue #yellowspots #Australia #NewGuinea #PhotoArk #savetogether
As the largest mammal on land, the African elephant is hard to overlook, but much of the attention they've been receiving in the last few decades has been catastrophic, with poachers hunting the pachyderms relentlessly for their tusks. While these endangered giants are now protected by law, the poaching continues. The habitat of African elephants is also shrinking, which means they come into contact with humans more frequently, and those encounters don't often end well for the elephants. Ultimately, the survival of this species will depend on humans learning how to peacefully coexist alongside their wild neighbors. @indianapoliszoo, where this elephant resides, is a member of @elephantsief, a group of AZA accredited zoos and other elephant facilities that support projects like the “My Elephant Neighbor” program in West Africa. Thousands of children and teachers living near elephants have been able to learn about local herds through this program, and are empowered to share the importance of protecting these iconic animals with their communities.
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#Worldelephantday #africanelephant #gentlegiant #endangeredspecies #tusks #coexistence #PhotoArk #savetogether
The Texas horned lizard is arguably the most iconic reptile in the Lone Star State. Once abundant, today horned lizard populations have declined as a result of habitat loss, pesticide use, and invasive red fire ants. Thankfully, suitable habitat still exists in Texas where horned lizards may be reintroduced, and many landowners have adopted land management practices that would help support the species’ recovery. @sanantoniozoo, where this photo was taken, launched a Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project in 2016 aimed at breeding and reintroducing this species to the landscape for the enjoyment of present and future generations of Texans. #hornedlizard #hornytoad #Texas #nativetexan #reptile #reintroduction #PhotoArk #savetogether
Happy World Lion Day! The Asiatic lion's comeback is a real success story! Asiatic lions like this one @zoo_santoinacio once ranged from Turkey to eastern India, but the rise of firearms quickly led to this species being hunted for sport, putting them on the brink of extinction. By the 1890’s only 50 of these lions remained. Today, this number has increased to 500, thanks to the tolerance of local people who have learned to live near, and tolerate, these magnificent creatures which live in India’s Gir Forest. Today five protected areas exist to protect the Asiatic lion, and thought conflict with humans has been greatly reduced, the fight to save this species continues. Poaching is an ever-present threat, as is a lack of genetic diversity due to fragmented habitat that limits the species’ ability to travel and mate with lions outside of their inner circle. Check out my story or click the link in my bio to learn what actions you can take to help protect lions and other big cats in the wild! #worldlionday #asiaticlion #bigcat #carnivore #India #coexistence #PhotoArk #savetogether