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Photo by Brent Stirton @brentstirton | Benin/Burkina Faso border, May 2019: Three mud-spattered young men emerge exhausted from a day of waist-deep mud fishing in a lake where fishing is banned for conservation reasons. The villagers of Sanjou live on the edge of Pendjari National Park, and they are permitted to engage in this fishing festival for only three days every three years. All the villagers bring nets and baskets, and within moments it’s a mud-soaked frenzy, with over 3,000 people in the water. Fishing camps are banned within the park and in border areas, as they often become poaching camps. Fish populations also desperately need to recover from unrelenting commercial operations. The park employs locals for all its work as a means of compensation, and there seems to be understanding as a result. Pendjari anchors the transnational West-Arly–Pendjari reserve, which covers 35,000 square kilometers. This is the largest remaining intact ecosystem in West Africa and is still in a state of mismanagement. The nonprofit African Parks hopes to resolve that by initially addressing Pendjari while working alongside the government of Benin, which has invited the group in. This image is part of coverage for a story on @africanparksnetwork for an upcoming issue of @natgeo magazine. #conservation #fishing #benin #fishing #africa

Speke's Camp

Even the king of the Mara needs a rest in the shade every now and then! Actually, like all cats, lions sleep a hell of a lot. And the males even more... they spend 18 to 20 hours a day snoozing, while females get 15 to 18 hours of sleep. No comment! 🙊 ph @safariandco⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #spekescamp⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #africa #travel #photography #safari #safariphotography #luxurysafari #privateguidedsafari #passionpassport #travelstoke #traveldeeper #bucketlist #safariarchitects #privateguided #bespokesafari #spiritofsafari #africatravel #epicphoto #livingthedream #experienceafrica #amazingafrica #migration #mara #masaimara #Naturesbest #allnatureshots #kenya #whyilovekenya

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Photos by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | I rent a basic cottage at the river’s edge where the sounds of the Mathioya are always present. I follow John Ngaii Moses, a nimble man who, at the age of 57, moves across wet stones with a grace and confidence of someone younger. His life began at a time when the valley’s beauty was tainted by conflict and injustice. John was born in an internment camp above the river in the village of Kamuturi in 1961, during a period of “emergency law,” when British colonists interned tens of thousands of Kenyans as they sought to suppress an armed movement for independence. The story of his birth reminds me, as other situations have, that men can enact violence and cruelty even in the most serene of places. In the coming days I’m sharing photos and excerpts of an essay that appears in the August issue of @natgeo magazine. I travel a lot and people often ask about my favorite place. Without equivocation, it is the lush highlands of central Kenya. There is no place closer to my heart. Follow me @pete_k_muller for more observations of our world. #kenya #flyfishing #fishing #africa

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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | A tower of giraffes seeks respite and a little snack from an acacia tree in the Maasai Mara National reserve, Kenya. Shade trees are in short supply in the Maasai Mara, so it is not uncommon to find groups of animals sheltering from the African sun. #maasaimara #giraffe #infrared #blackandwhitephotography. To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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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

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Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | It was to waters that I returned, nearly three decades later, in search of solace and connection. Between assignments, I began to drive out from the chaos of the capital of Nairobi, where I live, to the undulating hills that surround central Kenya’s Ragati and Mathioya Rivers. The slow-flowing Ragati drifts through protected indigenous forest, where a network of paths, used by humans, leopards, elephants, and buffalo, cut through lush vegetation. The Mathioya is a clear, impressive river that rushes through the heartland of Kenyan tea production, between the slopes of the Aberdares Mountains and the glacial peaks of Mount Kenya. Both rivers are home to populations of furtive brown and rainbow trout maintained through the stocking programs of the few nearby fishing clubs and lodges. In the coming days I’m sharing photos and excerpts of a written essay that appears in the current issue of @natgeo magazine. I travel a lot and people often ask about my favorite place. Without equivocation, it is the lush highlands of central Kenya. There is no place closer to my heart. #kenya #flyfishing #fishing #africa

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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | All too often on safari you get caught up in keeping score of the animals you've seen, or trying to justify the camera gear you've hauled half way around the world—to which I plead guilty. Some of my best images are recorded when I put down the camera—as memories. Take a moment, allow yourself to marvel at the poetry of nature, the texture and relationship of the wildlife to the landscape. It's unforgettable. #maasaimara #kenya #elephants #infrared To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by Ken Geiger @KenGeiger | This clan of hyenas was literally playing an intimidating game of keep-away with what was probably dinner the night before. About eight cubs and juveniles took turns racing around this waterhole with a spinal column dangling from their mouths. It was quite a sight to watch the larger juveniles, who could have easily dominated, allow the small cubs to catch up and try to wrestle the bone away. The clan that plays together, stays together. #krugernationalpark #hyena #southafrica To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photos by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | So began a period of quiet study, through books and websites, trial and error, in this graceful, patient art. I made nearly a dozen trips to the rivers of central Kenya before feeling even a nibble from the trout below. But despite an initial lack of success, my excursions created both ease and excitement within me. As I’d walk and cast, and sit and write, I understood that the hooking of fish was but an excuse to explore and observe. To notice the sweet, enveloping scent of angel trumpets as the sun begins to set behind the hills. To watch pairs of black African ducks surf the current as midmorning sun chases out the mist. To once again consider things both bigger and smaller than me. And as the fish began to take my flies, I came to know that the river had given me more than I had initially asked for. I’d arrived in search of peace and pastime, a counterweight to the stresses in my life. But as I waded in the eddies, in a cathedral of mist and wood and leaves, I felt connected, as I did on the summer days of my childhood, when sand sharks and puffer fish made my heart beat with curiosity and wonder. Follow me @pete_k_muller for more reflections on the world and our place in it. #kenya #africa #flyfishing #fishing #travel

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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Serendipity, at times, is simply a by-product of stubbornness. This lioness had taken down a young zebra for herself and her single cub. They were alone in the dark bush, the light was terrible, and after hours of waiting and watching it seemed that the scene just wasn't producing an image—except for one minute at sunset, when the light broke through the bush and the cub turned to a distant sound. #zambia #southluangwa #lioncub #lionking To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photos by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | As John and I traverse the river, I realize that our definitions of fly-fishing vary. John, like nearly all people who fish for sustenance rather than recreation, prefers to catch fish than spar with them, and so sometimes baits his line. His method is effective. But for my more meditative aims, I decide to pursue a slower, and far less fruitful, purist approach. John could teach me about the river, about its history and ecology, but the subtleties of technical fly-fishing would be my own to learn. Follow me @pete_k_muller for more stories and observations of our world. I’m sharing photos and excerpts of a written essay that appears in the current issue of @natgeo magazine. I travel a lot and people often ask about my favorite place. Without equivocation, it is the lush highlands of central Kenya. There is no place closer to my heart. #kenya #flyfishing #fishing #africa

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Photo by Ken Geiger @KenGeiger | In the shade of an acacia tree, five sleepy cheetahs awake from an afternoon nap. After a good stretch, each cheetah backed up to territorially mark the tree. The five, all males, four brothers and a friend, then moved on to roam the savanna of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, in hopes of finding dinner. #kenya #maasaimara #cheetah #infrared To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by Ken Geiger @KenGeiger | When you are close enough to count the whiskers on a leopard's face, even with a 600mm lens, you are probably close enough. This beautiful male leopard was lounging in a tree, enjoying the shade and an impala it had killed the previous day. Once a leopard has treed its prey, it can take about two days for a full grown impala to be consumed. #krugernationalpark #southafrica #leopard To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes | It is World Environment Day, which celebrates our environment and its importance in our lives. It was first recognized in 1972 and has since grown on a global scale. I hold this subject in high regard, as much of my current work is meant to share the beauty and delicacy of animals and locations around the world. This image of mother and baby shows the gentle nature of elephants, and it saddens me to say that just last week Botswana lifted its elephant hunting ban, which up until now created a sanctuary for these threatened species. It is vital that our society works to protect animals such as elephants, before they disappear from the planet. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #StephenWilkes #elephants #africa #worldenvironmentday

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Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | I took this image in Botswana's magnificent Okavango Delta, where hippos alter the landscape in and around this wetland, annually flushed by nearly 11 cubic kilometers of water. By virtue of their size, hippos move huge amounts of soil, creating water channels and paths on land that redirect water. This also creates habitat and shelter for other species. Hippos are truly ecosystem engineers! They also play an important role in this delta and elsewhere by fertilizing the water; they bring nutrients to rivers and lakes that wouldn’t otherwise be there, helping enrich Okavango's plant and animal life. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from our projects around the world. A healthy delta provides numerous ecosystem services for mankind. #protectbiodiversity #africa #ecosystem #engineer #beauty @thephotosociety

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Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | Fly-fishing, with its knot-tying, wading, and rhythmic casting, embodied a type of artistry that seemed a meditative antidote to the chaos I’d photographed in recent years. I hadn't cast a fishing line since the age of 10 or so, when I used bait and lures to fish the Atlantic waters that surrounded the places I lived as a child, first along the coast of New Jersey and, later, in Massachusetts. My mother’s boyfriend at the time taught me the basics. He was a large, avuncular man who’d been an interrogator in the Special Forces, an experience that left him with his own scars. As he affixed lures to his line, he explained that he could handle little more than fishing and taking photographs, the latter his chosen profession after leaving the military. At dusk along the jetties, his hand resting comfortably on the rod, he seemed at ease. In the coming days I’m sharing photos and excerpts of a written essay that appears in the current issue of @natgeo magazine. I travel a lot and people often ask about my favorite place. Without equivocation, it is the lush highlands of central #kenya. There is no place closer to my heart. #kenya #africa #flyfishing #fishing

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Photo by @kengeiger | A cheetah concentrates on eating as much as possible, knowing that his meal may be interrupted at any moment. Two cheetah brothers brought down this topi just before sunset, prime time for prowling lions and hyenas. The two took turns watching out for other predators that would not hesitate to steal their kill. #naboishoconservancy #kenya #cheetah To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photos by Tim Laman @timlaman | I love photographing the incredible variety of spectacular birds in East Africa. Swipe to see a few shots from my recent photo safari in Tanzania’s parks: 1) lilac-breasted rollers; 2) lesser flamingos against storm clouds; 3) red-and-yellow barbets on a termite mound; and 4) a pearl-spotted owlet. Are Africa's “Big 5” overrated? See a lot more new wildlife images from my recent safari at @TimLaman. #africa #birds #tanzania

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Photo by @KenGeiger | Beware the wrath of an angry leopard! Fortunately for me, this outburst was a warning to a hyena getting a bit too close to the impala on which the leopard was dining. This image was made from inside an economy rental car—Kruger National Park, South Africa, is a great place to treat yourself to an inexpensive self-drive safari. #krugernationalpark #southafrica #leopard To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by Tim Laman @TimLaman | I am amazed (and thankful) that there are still places like this on planet Earth! This is Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, where last week I photographed an ostrich, elephant, zebras, Cape buffalos…all in one frame, and these are just a few of the species making up this rich ecosystem. See a lot more of my new work from this safari shoot @TimLaman. It is so important that we protect wild places like this all over the world, because in the past 50 years, we’ve lost more than 60 percent of wildlife populations. We need to do better going forward! #ngorongorocrater #ngorongoroconservationarea #tanzania #elephant #africa

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Photo by @kengeiger | Photobombed by a giraffe—who knew it was possible? Imagine the scene: a tower of giraffes coming to a water hole in Etosha National Park, Namibia, a 600mm lens in the wait, giraffe heads and necks in a tangle—and I'm praying for the moment when all five heads are visible without overlap. I take multiple frames, then later look at the camera back only to find...a tongue raspberry from a giraffe. #rude #etoshanationalpark #photobomb #giraffe To explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

Enel Group

Do you know how many people live without power in sub-Saharan #africa? 600 million. To boost electricity by 2040, the solution is renewable-powered networks. Take the next step with us in accelerating access to all 🌍 Source: @IEA 📷: @nathan_mcb

Chasing Africa

Photo By: @mauroandradeluz⁠ "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire🔥"⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Celebrating the best adventures Africa has to offer. Follow us @chasingafrica_ For more. 🙌⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Comment your impression below! 👇👇👇⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #chasingafrica_ #africa #earthshotz #naturepics #africanature #loveafrica #thisisafrica #discoverafrica #visitafrica #exploreafrica #earthpics #bestofnature #earthfocus #earthpix #awesomeearth #wanderlust #discoverearth #exploremore #praia #capeverde #sunsets

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | This stunning bird is a lilac-breasted roller at The Omaha Zoo. Ranging throughout eastern and southern Africa, this species is highly territorial, driving off any intruders that get too close to their nest. Because of this need for clearly defined boundaries, rollers choose to live in areas with trees that are spaced apart from one another and typically avoid areas inhabited by humans. This habitat is also ideal for hunting, as this bird has a knack for perching on a dead tree and snatching up prey fleeing from brush fires. After a successful hunt, the roller will return to its perch and batter its prey to kill it before swallowing it whole. For more Photo Ark images follow me, @joelsartore. #roller #lilacBreastedRoller #africa #colorful #photoark

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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | A pack of 18 resident African wild dogs hunt for dik-diks, a species of small antelope, at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. The dog's Latin name, Lycaon pictus, means "painted wolf," referring to the animal's irregular, mottled coat. They live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. They are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. With an estimated population of only 1,409, they are also are among the world's most endangered mammals. Preserving spaces like these and empowering local communities to benefit from conservation are among the best ways to protect wild animals like these. Follow @amivitale for more photos of amazing animals and conservation successes from around the world. @nature_africa @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #africanwilddogs #painteddogs #dogsofinstagram #africa #kenya

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Young African rainbow crabs like this one have a blue body, red legs, and whitish claws—colors that will eventually fade as the crab gets older. Juvenile and adult crabs of this species cannot remain submerged in water for long periods of time, so they will spend most of their time on dry land. Females, however, must return to the water periodically to release their eggs. To see more footage of this remarkable species, follow me @joelsartore. #rainbow #crab #redwhiteandblue #africa #photoark

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Photo by @pedromcbride | With roughly 5,000 left in the wild, the black rhino continues to face extreme poaching dangers for its horn that is biologically no different than a toenail. Amazingly, one place is bucking the trend. @lewa_wildlife has not lost a rhino, thanks to a network of protectors and protection that enable rhinos like Wai Wai and her baby to thrive. Amazed to witness Lewa evolve from a cattle ranch to a wildlife sanctuary that now boasts 14 percent of Kenya's rhino population (black and white). To see more, follow @pedormcbride @nrt_kenya #kenya #Rhino #conservation #africa #nature #wildlife #goodnews #petemcbride

FIFA World Cup

It's a BIG day in #africa, as the Preliminary Round of #worldcup qualifiers get underway. And we are streaming games LIVE. Over the next week, 28 countries will play home and away. Check out FIFA.com and Youtube.com/FIFA. Good Luck everyone!

Chasing Africa

Photo by @yswildlifephotography⁠ "A lion named “Earless” and his brother Osahabu, early one morning in Masai Mara."⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Celebrating the best adventures Africa has to offer. Follow us @chasingafrica_ For more. 🙌⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Comment your impression below! 👇👇👇⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #chasingafrica_ #africa #earthshotz #naturepics #africanature #loveafrica #thisisafrica #discoverafrica #visitafrica #exploreafrica #earthpics #bestofnature #earthfocus #earthpix #awesomeearth #wanderlust #discoverearth #lion⁠ #bigcat #wildlifephotography #wildlife #masaimara #kenya #nairobi

National Geographic

Photo by @florianschulzvisuals | This is what it looks like when a 3000-pound black rhino wants to take out the photographer. During my lectures, I often get asked about some of the most dangerous moments in my career, and this rhino encounter was definitely one of them. Together with former poachers that were now working with Save the Rhino Trust, I was patrolling the open landscapes of northwestern Namibia looking for black rhinos. This rhino had taken a mud bath in one of the few watering holes when it heard the shutter of my camera. A rhino’s eyesight is very poor and it decided to attack. My guides and trackers had already climbed a tree while I was still standing there taking a series of shots. I ran at the last moment, leaving the tripod behind. The rhino caught up fast. There was no time to climb the tree. I barely made it behind the tree when the rhino took out a branch as thick as my leg that was low to the ground. The trackers started barking like dogs, motivating the rhino to keep going. Thank God it did! Please #followme at @florianschulzvisuals for more stories from the wild! #blackrhino #namibia #wildlifephotography #africa #savetherhinotrust

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Photo by @kengeiger | It's hard to imagine the generations elephants and giraffes that have browsed this tree—creating a uniquely shaped acacia topiary. I spotted the tree in the afternoon, making sure our guide knew we wanted to go back at sunset. The gamble paid off when a grazing topi wandered between my camera and a blazing sunset. #acacia #kenya #naboishoconservancy #maasaimara explore more images of the #africa follow @KenGeiger

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Photo by @brentstirton | Harare, Zimbabwe: I was privileged to spend time with the world’s best pangolin caregivers at the #tikkihywoodtrust for an upcoming Nat Geo story. I saw an extraordinary #relationship unfold as these men helped rescued, traumatized #Pangolin find ants and termites to eat and kept them safe from predators and poachers. Pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal in the illegal wildlife trade, are extraordinarily endangered. The Tikki Hywood Trust undertakes public awareness campaigns, trains law enforcement and judiciary personnel, conducts research, and rehabilitates pangolins confiscated from the illegal trade. They operate with partners across Africa and advise in Asia. A recently opened extension #tikkihywoodfoundation.cameroon is doing great work in one of the epicenters of the illegal pangolin trade. Founder Lisa Hywood is seen as a global expert on caring for pangolins in captivity, and along with partner Ellen Connelly, they represent an extraordinary example of how to care for animals. The trust also engages with other organizations and governments throughout Africa to highlight the plight of pangolins, raising awareness of their conservation status, as well as implementing conservation actions. Many of their activities are not covered by research grants, and they rely on sponsors and donations to continue their work. It is estimated that over a million pangolin have been lost in the last ten years, from a population that we have never counted. We have no idea how many remain, and we know no one has ever successfully bred these fragile animals in captivity. We are losing these extraordinary animals so quickly to the illegal Asian market that they may disappear before we can truly appreciate them. #conservation #endangered #antipoaching #WildlifeCrime #africa

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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | A pack of 18 resident African wild dogs hunt dik-diks, a species of small antelope, at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. The wild dogs, also known as painted dogs, move quickly in packs within which they share food and assist the weaker members. With an estimated population of only 1,409, they are also are among the world's most endangered mammals. @loisaba_conservancy is an important conservation area for @nature_africa and partners because keeping it intact and healthy will secure many benefits for people and wildlife. Follow @amivitale for more photos of amazing animals and conservation successes from around the world. @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #africanwilddogs #painteddogs #dogsofinstagram #africa #kenya

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Photo by @pedromcbride | Barely visible in the brush, an elusive leopard patiently observes a wild dog kill from the sidelines, waiting for a turn at the feast. To hunt, leopards rely on patience, stealth, and power. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #nature #wildlife #africa #botswana

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Photo by @KenGeiger | The grey crowned crane is one of the most regal birds you’ll see in Southern Africa. It stands over three feet tall and has a wingspan of over six feet. Unfortunately only 17,000 to 22,000 remain in the wild, and their numbers are on the decline, according to the IUCN Red List. To explore more images of the #africa follow @kengeiger #endangered #kenya #naboishoconservancy #maasaimara #greycrownedcrane

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Photo by @pedrombride | Striped Strategy: While many point to the confusion zebra stripes create for predators like lions, a new study shows that the black-and-white patterns create a natural cooling system, thanks to micro airflows from the differing heat absorption qualities between black and white. #nature never ceases to amaze me. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #wildlife #zebraAC #zebra #namibia #africa #wildlife #petemcbride