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Photo by Frans Lanting @franslanting | A lone bull elephant stands at the edge of a water hole, swaying his tail and rumbling as only elephants can do, while the sky turns blood red on a winter evening in Botswana. I share this image to mark World Elephant Day, a time to reflect on what elephants mean to us, what we’ve been doing to them, and what we can do for them. I’d like to draw attention to the organizations that have forged a strong coalition aimed at reversing the poaching crisis that has decimated elephant populations almost everywhere. The @ElephantCrisisFund was established by @SaveTheElephants in partnership with @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn and @WildNetOrg. They support the right people in the right places and they are making a real difference. Check them out and lend your support so they can do even better. And follow @FransLanting for more intimate encounters with elephants. @ThePhotoSociety #Elephants #Respect #Dignity #Conservation #Wonder
Photo by @FransLanting // Sponsored by @ikeausa // A newborn chimpanzee sleeps on her mother’s chest during a midday siesta. While tracking chimps in Senegal for @NatGeo, I learned a lot about the differences between chimps and humans when it comes to sleep patterns. Chimps curl up in tree nests at sunset and wake up at sunrise, which gives them up to 12 hours of rest. But they also take breaks during the day to nap—a routine I wish I could emulate more myself. // A good night's sleep is going extinct. Build your sanctuary today. #SaveOurSleep
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | For World Elephant Day, I'm posting an image of the burning tusks from thousands of elephants in Kenya in 2016, the largest ivory burn to date. These burns are controversial acts against poaching because of the high monetary value of ivory, and while Kenya didn’t expect this to end the poaching, it sent a strong message: Elephants are worth more alive, and Kenya was stepping up its war against those who traffic in wildlife and wildlife products. Why not sell the ivory and use the money for the conservation of these animals? Well, these tusks are mostly from elephants illegally killed for their ivory, which has been confiscated over the years, and Kenya refused to make money from contraband. Also, in the past ivory released for sale ended up fueling the demand, and there was a sudden and extreme rise in elephant poaching, which has cost countries countless more millions than were ever raised from sales. Tanzania lost over half its elephant population in just five years, and Africa lost a whopping third of all elephants. Many people don’t know that elephants are killed for their tusks and believe that they fall out naturally. They don’t. Since this burn, a number of important things have happened. China has banned the sale of ivory, and while there is still illegal trade, prices have fallen dramatically and so has elephant poaching. However, in southern Africa, where the world's last substantial elephant population remains, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are calling for an end to the ban in trade of raw ivory and are planning to apply for these changes at the next CITES to conference, declaring that the money raised will be used for conservation and anti-poaching. #WorldElephantDay #worthmorealive #saynotoivory #kenyaivoryburn #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | The sanctity of space. Lucky weather, years of planning, and lots of hard work from a talented team pays off. Chris Burkard and Ted Hesser pushing into the magic light atop the Ushishir caldera in the remote Kuril Islands.
Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A female member of the ELN walks through a village to bathe by the river after spending the night with her unit in Colombia, February 2019. This is an outtake from a forthcoming story for @natgeo, to be published in November. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | When it comes to experiences with the power to change your life, it doesn't really get more raw than when you find yourself up against an 8,000-lb elephant bull seal who's mistaken you for a rival breeding male. You're in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but freezing water and icy desert, and your heart's beating so fast it feels like it's going to bruise the inside of your chest. This elephant seal came barreling toward me in defense of his harem and the entire beach, and this is what it looked like when I used my underwater housing to push him off. I accidentally hit the shutter as I scrambled to get out of his way. Other photographers ask me if they should get in the water with elephant seals in Antarctica during breeding season. The answer is no. It's like getting in the water with hippos. When this male approached me, I was in the shallows, and I made it back to land with my camera still clutched in my hands and without injury. Elephant seals beat up on each other all day long; bulls grab 1,500-pound females in the surf zone and drown them in an attempt to breed. I still do not want to play a role in affecting their behavior; it is always my prime objective to be like a ghost when I walk in the wild parts of our world. I should have known better and now I do. Please #follow me @paulnicklen where I share more about the experiences that have both shaped my career. #respect #elephantseal #nature #wildlife
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | A photo of Souq Albalad, which translates to Old Town Market, that I took a few weeks ago. The market is in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, and caters to many ethnic and economic backgrounds. Tourists and locals thrive in the bustling streets of Al Balad. While the area was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2014, investments to restore the buildings and tourism had already taken place. #Jeddah #SaudiArabia
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A young Japanese macaque peers through branches at tourists visiting Iwatayama Monkey Park on Mt Arashiyama, in Kyoto, Japan. There are over 170 wild monkeys at the park; they are not caged and can roam freely. #macaque #japan #kyoto #monkey
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Ranger Achian practices tracking with Tipper the tracking dog. Achian has been a ranger on @lewa_wildlife for 13 years. His father was also a ranger on @lewa_wildlife, just like a number of others there. More often than not, we're confronted with heartbreaking stories of rampant poaching across Africa but rarely do we hear about conservation success stories. I'd like to share the incredible work of the @lewa_wildlife anti-poaching team, which has successfully protected their booming rhino population from poaching for over six years, proving that it's indeed possible to win the war against wildlife crime. These hard-working and passionate rangers have discovered that by working collaboratively with neighboring communities, partnering with government, and investing in technology, they are saving threatened wildlife, including the more than 200 rhinos that makes up 15% of Kenya's entire rhino population. Learn how to get involved and support rangers like these by following @amivitale and @lewa_wildlife
@natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #wildlife #kenya #dogs #bloodhounds
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | Ahnie Jumper belongs to a multigenerational Seminole ranching family, and she's a rodeo champion and college athlete. I photographed her in July working in the cow pens with her family at the Big Cypress Reservation during the Seminole tribe’s annual cattle sale. I'm thankful to the Jumper family for allowing me to document their lives and connections to their land and heritage. Because they love and protect the land, Florida’s wildlife and citizens all benefit. For more photos of Seminole land and culture, please visit @carltonward. #nativepride #seminole #floridawild #KeepFLWild #FloridaWildlifeCorridor @fl_wildcorridor
Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A bat ray searches for food in the surf grass on Cortes Banks, located approximately 100 miles off the coast of San Diego, California. Cortes Banks is an underwater mountain range, rich with nutrients, that has created a unique habitat of kelp forest and surf grass on the bottom with a variety of pelagic marine life in the water above. Places such as this are vital to the health of our planet, processing carbon and giving back oxygen. To see many more photos of ocean animals and read the stories behind the pictures, follow @BrianSkerry
#specialplaces #cortesbanks #california
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. The ambitious introduction of 24 lions from South Africa in 2018 was the largest international translocation ever undertaken. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, restoring the apex predator to its native lands. Already, six cubs have been born since the lions’ release.
I covered this historic undertaking. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off" on natgeo.com
@natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #lions #mozambique #worthmorealive #WorldLionDay