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Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | It039;s World Animal Day! As soon as Keanu the ocelot was steady on his feet, he was climbing anything he could find. Today, at a little over a year old, he can easily scale any tree and will sometimes climb hundreds of feet into the tropical rainforest canopy in seconds. Harry Turner, an ex-soldier who is rehabilitating Keanu with Peruvian non-profit @hojanueva, tells me Keanu even climbs out of curiosity, sometimes just to get a closer look at monkeys. Though ocelots are very good climbers, they are not as graceful in the trees as margays, a related cat that is smaller than the ocelot but found in the same areas. To see video of Keanu climbing, head over to @tbfrost. #worldanimalday
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered female juvenile Peruvian woolly monkey snacks on fresh leaf cuttings at Cetas - IBAMA (@ibamagov), a wildlife rehab center in Manaus, Brazil. Species like this one are disappearing at an alarming rate, but together we can help. Please check out the October issue of National Geographic magazine to learn more about the world039;s most vulnerable animals and click on the link in my bio to take the #savetogether pledge. My book, Vanishing: The World039;s Most Vulnerable Animals, is also available now. #woollymonkey #bigeyes #cute #endangeredspecies #photoark
Photos by Florian Schulz @florianschulzvisuals | It039;s World Animal Day! As I spent time in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge documenting the porcupine caribou herd earlier this summer, the first polar bears arrived on the coast. The loss of sea ice forced them to land in early July. Since then, many more polar bears have come ashore. As the bears are waiting for the Arctic Ocean to freeze over, the fight to protect Alaska’s refuge continues in Washington D.C.: The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to restore the decades-long ban on oil drilling. The drilling was authorized under the 2017 tax cut signed into law by President Trump. In the meantime, the Interior Department released its final environmental impact statement on drilling in the refuge, with the aim to allow leasing of the entire coastal plain. Please follow me @florianschulzvisuals to learn more about the last great wilderness. #worldanimalday
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | Imagine coming home and finding your parking spot occupied by a huge Galápagos giant tortoise. If you live in the highlands of the Galápagos Islands, this is not an uncommon predicament! During the dry season, tortoises often search for water and their quests take them close to settlements. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo. For more photographs of giant tortoise parking antics follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Steve Winter @stevewinterphoto | Check out the September issue of @natgeo magazine for the story behind this image. She seems to be asking, what are you doing to my home? A wise man once said, “Where there is life there is hope, but the time to act is now.” We are in danger of losing more than one million species to extinction. And we will suffer greatly, as we are part of nature and everything on the planet is connected. Nature is perfection. All of us, and especially young people, need to take back the planet from the ones who care only about the short term. Fifty-plus percent of the biodiversity is found in forests, and each tree produces enough oxygen for 12 people. We all need to work toward a future where we protect 50% of our planet–so we have a future for generations to come. Take a walk in the woods and hear the symphony of nature in the birds and insects or walk on the beach. Nature heals. I have hope; without it, what is left? Believe.
Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | On a recent road trip through Wyoming, I watched this thunderstorm build on my northern horizon. I was traveling south on two wheels, and for over an hour I could see the storm building in my rearview mirror. Finally, a bend in the road allowed me to look over my shoulder—time to stop and take out the camera! The image was made on an infrared camera, making a black-and-white photograph that accentuates clouds and adds drama to the landscape. #blackandwhitephotography #wyoming To explore more images of the world follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | It039;s World Animal Day! A humpback whale calf lifts its head out of the water to have a look at me as it swims past my boat in the waters of the South Pacific. This calf’s mom spent the summer in Antarctica, feeding in those rich and chilly waters, then migrated to the warm waters of the South Pacific to give birth. Humpback moms invest a great deal in their offspring, with a gestation period that lasts about a year. During the first year of the calf’s life, mom teaches it the things it will need to know in order to survive. Research shows that humpback mothers even whisper to their calves in places where predators might otherwise hear them. What we know about these animals is only a small fraction of their culture and complex lives. #humpbackwhales #southpacific #moms #whaleculture #worldanimalday
Photo by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | While it was barely visible to the naked eye, a rare spectacle was revealed with a long exposure. The moon setting just behind Mount Whitney and the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada formed rays through wildfire smoke on this August 2016 night in California. At 14,505 feet (4,421 m), Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S. Follow me @babaktafreshi for the World at Night photography. #saveournightsky #twanight #sierranevada #mtwhitney
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | The tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) is found across the United States. This one was perched outside its nest in an aspen tree in Yellowstone National Park. With @natgeostudentexpeditions we got to spend some time exploring the park, looking for photographic moments, and learning about the rich history of the place. Follow along with photographer @drewtrush for more from across the West. #birds #summer #swallows
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
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | Audio-on for the sound of loons (diver bird), recorded during this 20-second exposure over a peaceful lake in Maine on a night unspoiled by light pollution. My family recently stayed in this renovated boathouse, enveloped by ambient night sounds. In city life we are disconnected from these natural elements. Our excessive light pollution not only vanishes the stars, it can immensely disturb wildlife. The natural night environment is far more sensitive to light than general public knows. A single intense LED light, left on unnecessarily in a vacation home, can disturb birds, insects, and the entire view. Search for "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price" on natgeo.com for more and follow me @babaktafreshi for more of The World at Night photography. #saveournightsky #twanight #stargazing #loons #newengland
Photo by @simoncroberts | “The autumn colours in the U.K. are always beautiful, and I just had to include something to show them off. Thanks to Simon Roberts for sharing this. It was taken at the National Arboretum, which makes it even more special.” —Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal Selected by The Duke for the #lookingup campaign with @natgeo, Simon’s image was taken at the National Arboretum, in Gloucestershire, England, which is a year-round centre of remembrance for those who have served their country. Please keep sharing your own #lookingup images from your own community, and at the end of the day The Duke will be sharing some of his favourites on @sussexroyal Instagram stories. ... Today, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal is guest-editing the @natgeo feed, in an effort to raise awareness around Queens Commonwealth Canopy, in which almost 50 countries have dedicated indigenous forest for conservation or have committed to planting millions of new trees to combat climate change. The images being posted today are all ‘looking up’ at trees from below to highlight the vital role trees play in the Earth’s ecosystem. Post your images of trees, add #lookingup, and at the end of the day, The Duke will share a selection of images that you post from across the world on @sussexroyal Instagram stories
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | The mystery of the Galápagos shrinking iguana: In lean times, when food is scarce, marine iguanas are able to shrink their skeleton and reduce their size by up to 20%. Smaller animals require less energy, and the odds of surviving tough times increases. When food (mainly seaweed) becomes abundant again, their skeletons can regrow. Follow @thomaspeschak for more close encounters with marine iguanas.
Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | An incredible day on Ipanema beach, observing the ebb and flow through the day and night out on the sand. In the Day to Night series, epic cityscapes and landscapes are portrayed from a fixed camera angle, capturing fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of the lens over the course of a full day. A select group of these images are blended into a single composite. The Day to Night monograph is available from Taschen. To see more about the book and my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #daytonight #StephenWilkes #rio #ipanemabeach #ebbandflow #ocean #peoplewatching
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
Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Conrad Anker and Brady Robinson peer out of a portaledge after a 4-day storm on K7. The living space was a crammed mashup of knees, shoulders, elbows, boots, wet socks, gloves, etc. It was a sorry, fetid, sagging excuse of a home. A lot of people ask what three guys stuck in a two-person portaledge talk about for four days. Well...not much. Nothing to do but melt snow for water and ponder life’s existential questions. For more images of alpine adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by Katie Orlinsky @katieorlinsky | Wild horses at Pleistocene Park, in Yakutia, Siberia. The park is a large-scale scientific experiment run by father and son, Siberian scientists Sergey and Nikita Zimov. They believe that by recreating the ecosystem of the Pleistocene era, which was dominated by grasslands and large mammals, they can slow down permafrost thaw. To test this theory, they created Pleistocene Park, a site along a tributary of the Kolyma River that is home to imported wild horses, like the ones seen here, as well other animals like bison, yaks and moose. Arctic permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change. As a result, climate scientists—permafrost experts, in particular—say all signs point to the need for urgent and audacious action. As writer @craigwelch asks in our recently published @natgeo article (link in my bio), “Is trying to save permafrost by restoring the Arctic steppe really so much crazier than counting on humans to quickly retool the world’s energy system? Maybe we need a little craziness.”
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A young girl with her nomadic family039;s goats in northern Mongolia, near Lake Khovsgol. These goats are the source of Mongolian cashmere, some of the finest in the world. The goats are painlessly sheared in late winter and early spring; by the following fall, the wool has grown back. #followme @iralbockphoto to see more images from around the world. #goat #cashmere #mongolia #irablock
Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | Khai Khem, an aging tiger at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo outside of Bangkok, Thailand, is chained at a photo studio for tourists. There are dozens of wildlife tourism attractions in Thailand today that keep tigers as photo props for tourists. This facility was among the worst that we visited for a story on wildlife tourism, and it039;s where Gluay Hom, an injured elephant, had lived until he was purchased and moved to a sanctuary last month. Although we didn’t see any tourists pose with Khai Khem on the day we visited, this elderly tiger languishes on his chain, moving slowly and appearing underweight. I’m posting these photos on World Tourism Day to remind everyone of the dark side of the wildlife tourism industry. Without stronger animal welfare laws and enforcement in Thailand and elsewhere, there will continue to be attractions like this. #worldtourismday
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A polar bear watches us on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. This male was in no rush. He was waiting near the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze—an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. The ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more Arctic adventures. #bear #arctic #Cold #snow #cute
Photos by Charlie Hamilton James @chamiltonjames | Fires raged in the Brazilian Amazon during 2017 in Araribóia, indigenous territory in the state of Maranhão. Some were started by farmers trying to clear land for crops or cattle, others started to cover up illegal logging operations, and some were natural. When these images were shot, the Brazilian Amazon had just experienced its worst year on record for forest fires—now 2019 is likely to eclipse that. Maranhão, like so many other states within the Amazon, has been extensively logged, and just a few pockets of original forest remain. The rest of the land has been turned over to agriculture and cattle ranches. Within a few miles of where these pictures were taken live some of the last remaining uncontacted Awã people—made famous across the world a few weeks ago, when footage of them was released. The forests in Araribóia are protected by a disparate group of underfunded firefighters made up of brave and dedicated Guajajara tribe members, volunteers, and FUNAI (the National Indian Foundation) employees who take on fires, sometimes armed with nothing more than machetes.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | Early morning over the foggy vineyards of Cronenwett Farms in Paw Paw, Michigan. The moderate temperature and proximity to Lake Michigan make this region ideal for growing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Agriculture is a multibillion-dollar industry for the state and a key economic driver. Michigan is second only to California in agricultural diversity.
Photo by @sussexroyal | We are pleased to announce that Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal is guest-curating our Instagram feed today! “Hi everyone! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to continue working with @NatGeo and to guest-curate this Instagram account; it’s one of my personal favourites. Today I’m in Liwonde National Park, Malawi an important stop on our official tour of southern Africa, planting trees for the Queens Commonwealth Canopy. As part of this takeover, I am inviting you to be a part of our ‘Looking Up’ social campaign. To help launch the campaign, here is a photograph I took today here in Liwonde of Baobab trees. “ #lookingup seeks to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the Earth’s ecosystem, and is an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. So, join us today and share your own view, by looking up! Post images of the trees in your local community using the hashtag #lookingup. I will be posting my favourite images from @NatGeo photographers here throughout the day, and over on @sussexroyal I will be sharing some of my favourite images from everything you post. I can’t wait to see what you see when you’re #lookingup 🌲 🌳” ••• His Royal Highness is currently on an official tour to further the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, which was launched in 2015. Commonwealth countries have been invited to submit forests and national parks to be protected and preserved as well as to plant trees. The Duke has helped QCC projects in the Caribbean, U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Botswana, Malawi, and Tonga. Now, almost 50 countries are taking part and have dedicated indigenous forests for conservation and committed to planting millions of new trees to help combat climate change. The Duke’s longtime passion for trees and forests as nature’s simple solution to the environmental issues we face has been inspired by the work he has been doing on behalf of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for many years.
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | How many mule deer can you spot in this image? We saw these "mulies" while driving through southeastern Wyoming. Nothing beats spotting wildlife on a road trip. By now, these deer have shed the velvet covering their antlers, exposing the hard bone underneath as fall and the rut approach. For more from across the West, follow along with photographer @drewtrush.
Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | The king of the sea ice is on the hunt in the twilight of the midnight sun in northern Svalbard. Join me @renan_ozturk for more current photography from the Arctic.
Photo by Brian Skerry @brianskerry | A great white shark swims over the seafloor in the waters off South Australia. Imagine a land predator the size of a pick-up truck hunting in places like California or Cape Cod. We would know everything there is to know about such an animal, yet because of the challenges of ocean science, great white sharks remain somewhat enigmatic, with much of their behavior and even population numbers unknown. Do you have an interest in exploring the sea and experiencing marine wildlife? Follow @BrianSkerry to learn more. #sharks #greatwhitesharks #australia
Photo by @beverlyjoubert | “My final post of the day in this takeover of @natgeo, and I’m finishing with a picture by Beverly Joubert of an African elephant, Loxodonta Africana, pulling on a tree branch to graze under the setting sun in Botswana. I am really grateful to @natgeo for handing over the reins of their feed to help raise awareness of trees, and show just how beautiful they are but also highlight how important they are to the Earth, and to all of us. Thank you to everyone who has been posting their own images from their own communities. I’ll be heading over to @sussexroyal to report some of my favourites. Thank you, and remember to keep #lookingup!” - Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex @sussexroyal
Photos by @DavidDoubilet | This is Opal Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, off Port Douglas, Queensland, in December 2009. The coral "bommie" is covered with tightly packed hard corals, mostly of the Acropora species, that compete for space and sunlight. This is a picture of a robust and healthy coral reef. We returned to this exact bommie in December 2018, after back-to-back thermal events in 2016 and 2017, to document this coral reef through the lens of time. A new report released by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stresses that 60% of the world’s reefs are heavily threatened. #ocean #coral #climatechange #CoralReefshroughTheLensOfTime #greatbarrierreef
Photos by Carlton Ward Jr. @carltonward | Lara Cusack, panther veterinarian with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, handles kittens belonging to their mother, FP-224, one of several panthers in southwest Florida wearing a radio collar for research and monitoring. These young cats were measured and given immunity boosters while FP-224, which has repeatedly broken bones in vehicle collisions, was away from the den hunting. The previous year (second photo), two panther kittens were stranded when FP-224 was hit by a car near Naples. Biologists found the kittens, and the family was rehabilitated at White Oak Conservation Center. Here, the panther family is released. The young brothers stayed together briefly but were both killed by cars within a year. The mother survived to produce another litter (first photo). Vehicle strikes are the leading cause of death for Florida panthers, killing nearly 30 per year. Please see the new article by Douglas Main at NationalGeographic.com/animals. Follow me and @pathofthepanther for more photos showing how the endangered Florida panther can help save the @fl_wildcorridor. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #floridapanther @MyFWC #floridawild #keepflwild
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. On the subantarctic islands where I took this picture, it was hard not to feel like this albatross was peering straight through the lens and into me. His stare was so intense; the faintest hint of black at the edge of his brow framed his head almost like a crown. Depending on the species, albatross can live to be 60 years old. These birds spend 80% of their lives at sea, returning to land to breed. I often wonder about the amazing things it must have seen on its long ocean journeys. What do you think he039;d say here, if he could speak? Follow me @CristinaMittermeier for more images and stories from the field. #birdsofinstagram #staringcontest #eyes #expedition
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Alex Honnold039;s groundbreaking free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite was a paradigm-shifting event, not just in climbing but in sport as a whole. Alex was already known throughout the climbing community as an outlier, but @freesolofilm (directed by @jimmychin and @chaivasarhelyi and produced by @natgeo) put him on display in an unprecedented way. In the film, to me, there was a necessary awkwardness and tension more palpable in the moments when Alex *wasn039;t* climbing, thus highlighting a seemingly tenuous relationship with "normal" life. And as otherworldly as the ultimate accomplishment seemed, the very reason it demanded such attention is because Alex, like all of us, is made up of flesh and bone. #followme to see more from my shoot with @alexhonnold for @espn #TheBodyIssue
Photo by @ciriljazbec // Sponsored by @feelslovenia // Zelenci nature reserve is a magical place along the northern edge of Triglav National Park in Slovenia. I frequently travel the world on assignments, but places like this are just around the corner from my home. I have to pinch myself often in awe of where I live and the places I am able to visit on weekend trips around my homeland. I took this photo at sunset as we enjoyed the light summer breeze and peacefulness of the reserve. We walked along the wooden footbridge and were embraced by pristine nature and the incredible emerald green lake. The many places like Zelenci are one reason why I love living in Slovenia. There is a lot of opportunity to connect with nature and feel gratitude for our amazing environment. // From mountain lakes to crystal clear rivers and secret waterfalls, Slovenia is a land shaped by water. Our waters of well-being are rich in minerals and nutrients and good for bathing and drinking. Immerse yourself @feelslovenia.
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A freshwater stingray camouflages itself perfectly in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal region. Used for self-defense, the stinger is tipped with barbs that can rip through flesh when withdrawn. Each spine has grooves underneath that contain protein-based venom. The spines are constantly being shed and replaced, allowing the stingray to sometimes have two stingers, as a new stinger grows in to replace the older one. To see this species’ Photo Ark portrait, follow me @joelsartore. #stingray #freshwater #camouflage #pantanal #photoark
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Visitors are awestruck by the splendor inside the temple of Abu Simbel, on the remote west shore of Lake Nasser, Egypt. It039;s the grandest of the ancient Nubian temples that were relocated to higher ground by UNESCO when the Aswan High Dam inundated the area. #nubia #nile #pharaoh #antiquity To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz.
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | In snowdrifts the arctic hare is a master of camouflage. Occasionally, though, hares would run past willow bushes, causing them to stick out, the way we see here. They are one of the Arctic’s fastest animals, clocking 37 mph at top speed. Follow @bertiegregory for more Arctic adventures. #hare #arctic #Cold #snow #cute
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | It039;s World Animal Day! A brown pelican at rest, wrapped in a cocoon of feathers the color of chocolate. Meeting this pelican on a recent expedition to the Galápagos, I wanted to capture the texture of its plumage, which to me looks like one of those fancy cloaks the ancient Inca priests used to wear. This bird in particular has an air of wisdom about it, as if it might unfurl its wings and divulge secrets from an age long past, or perhaps our present. Today birds all over the world have been discovered dead, their bellies bloated and full of plastic. Some parents have even been photographed feeding their young bits of plastic including plastic caps, lighters, and cigarette butts. Seabirds depend on a healthy ocean as much as the fish that they eat. Follow me @mitty to learn how you can have an impact and live a more sustainable lifestyle by taking the @NatGeo plastic pledge. #galapagos #conservation #planetorplastic #HydrateLike #worldanimalday
Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | Olive ridley and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are unique, as some populations lay their eggs in a seasonal arribada—mass nesting events. At Ostional, along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, up to 500,000 Olive ridley turtles emerge to lay their eggs during this multiday phenomenon. To experience more of this spectacular sea turtle phenomenon, follow @thomaspeschak
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Carlsmith Beach Park in the Hilo area of the Big Island, Hawaii, is a shallow swimming lagoon frequented by large sea turtles. The turtles are tame and even curious, often swimming up to delighted snorkelers. For more images around the world, follow me @dina_litovsky.
Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | The Lion Queen: ultimate hunter and an undeniable reminder that big cats are not pets. With the recent release of a certain reimagined Disney* classic, it’s been gratifying to see wildlife biologists and science writers doing their bit to give lionesses the recognition they so royally deserve. Because let’s face it: in the real world, female lions play the starring role in the life of any pride. Gutsy, supple, and fleet-footed, it’s the lionesses who fuse teamwork, crafty strategy, and superior camouflage to put most of the food on the royal table–and the crimson war paint speaks for itself. #ThisIsMyTrophy #bigcats #Okavangolions #lionqueen (*The Walt Disney Company is majority owner of National Geographic Partners.)