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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | This nocturnal tree-dweller is an endangered horned marsupial frog at El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (@amphibianrescue). Ecuador, where this frog is found, is a known hot spot for amphibian biodiversity; at least 589 species live within its borders, with new discoveries reported each year. To see a still of another horned frog species, follow me @joelsartore. #hornedfrog #marsupialfrog #amphibian #photoark #savetogether

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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 world's most vulnerable animals and click on the link in my bio to take the #savetogether pledge. My book, Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals, is also available now. #woollymonkey #bigeyes #cute #endangeredspecies #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | These Panamanian golden frogs are Panama's national symbol, one that dates back to the age of Mayan civilization. Pictured on everything from T-shirts to lottery tickets to magazines, the tiny frog represents good fortune, though its own fortunes have not gone well. Learn why by following me @joelsartore. Photo taken @houstonzoo. #goldenfrog #panama #goodfortune #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A black-footed ferret makes a rare stop in front of the camera during a photo shoot @thetorontozoo. This species came to the brink of extinction in the mid-1980s, when only 18 animals remained. Today captive breeding and reintroduction projects are helping the ferret population to recover—recent counts suggest there are approximately 300 individuals in the wild. To learn more about this adorable species, follow me @joelsartore. #blackfootedferret #ferret #endangeredspecies #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest, along the Colville River in Alaska. This bird is one of the most widely distributed species in the world, found on every continent except Antarctica. Historically, the use of DDT as a pesticide resulted in a rapid decline in their population, but since the ban on DDT use in the U.S. took hold in the 1970s, peregrine populations have recovered significantly. To learn how you can help protect this species in the wild, follow me @joelsartore. #falcon #peregrinefalcon #raptor #chicks #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A West Indian manatee feeds on a carrot during an underwater photo shoot in Crystal River, Florida. At wildlife refuges, supplemental food like carrots are sometimes given as treats while manatees are nursed back to health. This species is typically found in shallow coastal areas and rivers, where they feed on seagrass, mangrove leaves, and algae. Manatees will munch on food for almost half the day, eating up to ten percent of their body weight in plant mass daily. With weights of up to 1,200 pounds, that is a whole lot of food! To see another manatee species, follow me @joelsartore. #manatee #seacow #carrot #herbivore #photoark

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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

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Photo by Joel Sartore I @joelsartore. A gray fox hunts at dusk in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The gray fox is the only member of the dog family that will climb trees, to search for prey, sleep, or escape from predators. To see this species’ Photo Ark portrait, follow me @joelsartore. #grayfox #sunset #hunter #Chile #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Two orangutan babies cling to one another @tamansafariid. Ayu (whose fur is slightly darker) is a Bornean orangutan, while D.J. is a Sumatran orangutan. To catch another glimpse of this adorable duo, follow me @joelsartore. #orangutan #babies #borneo #photoark #savetogether

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Video by Joel Sartore I @joelsartore | Look closely at the mouth of this Suwannee alligator snapping turtle @floridawildlifecare - see something moving in there? The tip of this species’ tongue has a red worm-like appendage that the turtle moves around like a fishing lure to attract prey! For a second look at this clever critter follow me @joelsartore. #snappingturtle #BigMouth #bait #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A gentoo penguin colony on Danco Island, Antarctica. Gentoo penguins are the third largest species of penguin after emperor and king penguins. They are also the fastest penguin species. When swimming, they can reach speeds of up to 22 miles per hour. To see a photo of this species in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #penguin #blackandwhite #antartica #gentoopenguin #photoark

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | This little vesper sparrow came to @iowabirdrehab early this month, after it was spotted along a country road trying to fly away but couldn't. Its injury was found to be in the carpal bones, so the injured wing was wrapped and he was eventually put in a flight cage to recover strength…and it worked! Thankfully, the bird was just released back into the wild, good as new, to begin its migration south. To date this year, Iowa Bird Rehabilitation has consisted of just three volunteers who saved some 800 birds while working out of their homes. They now hope to fund a 12x24-foot building that will allow for more volunteers to come and save even more birds in 2020. To learn how you can help, please visit me @joelsartore, and let’s save songbirds together! #vesper #sparrow #IowaBirdRehab #photoark #savetogether

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | In order to move people to take action and save the planet, the Photo Ark uses eye contact, whenever possible. Much like this mandrill, we humans are primates too, and we rely on eye contact, along with body language, for 80% or more of our communication. At Team Photo Ark, our driving motto is this: As these species vanish, so could we. I had gone to Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea to cover primate poaching. On one of my last days on the island, I went to a bush meat market, and found this juvenile mandrill chained to the rusting frame of an old car. As a friend held up a black velvet cloth behind him, he reacted to seeing himself for the first time in the reflection of my lens filter. This animal was someone's pet, but there were laws on the books against keeping primates, so he could have been made into stew at any time if the price was right, especially being so close to the market. You can see more of my work by following me @joelsartore, and on view @SouthamptonArtsCenter co-presented by @ICP now through Sept. 8. #mandrill #photoark #savetogether

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Dr. Norman Gary flashes a smile while showing off his bee beard. He invented a kind of bee pheromone that acts as a bee magnet—a few drops on his chin and cheeks resulted in a bee beard in just a few minutes. The bees weren't angry and didn't sting. Instead, they were drawn to the chemical and clustered on Dr. Gary's face to be close to it. To see a close-up of a honeybee, follow me @joelsartore. #bees #BEEBEARD #pollinators #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Today is World Lizard Day! A tokay gecko strikes a pose during a photo shoot @sunsetzoomhk. Two variants of tokay geckos exist: red-spotted and black-spotted. The coloration of this species is important for camouflage, and they can actually lighten or darken their skin color to better blend in with their environment. To see other colorful species in the Photo Ark and learn how you can protect animals like this one in the wild, follow me @joelsartore. #worldlizardday #tokaygecko #cute #photoark #savetogether

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Photo by Joel Sartore I @joelsartore. A critically endangered northern white-cheeked gibbon with its baby @gibbonconservationcenter in California. Dedicated to helping gibbons both in the care of humans and in the wild, this center plays a vital role in saving these small apes from extinction, but the center has just lost its lease and needs our help now. To learn how you can save the center, follow me @joelsartore for the details. #gibbonconservationcenter #photoark #savetogether

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Thousands of bull walruses crowd the beach at Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. During mating season, these males will establish dominance through threat displays involving tusks and aggression. Tusk size helps to determine a male’s social status, with well-endowed individuals commanding the most respect. To see a close up shot of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #walrus #beach #Alaska #togiaknwr #photoark

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A pair of baby Indochinese silvered langurs cling to one another @ACCB_cambodia in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This endangered primate is in severe decline due to logging and poaching—babies are sold as pets, then given to the center once people realize they can’t care for them. To catch another glimpse of this pair, follow me @joelsartore. #langurs #primate #endangeredspecies #photoark

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A purple swamphen surveys its surroundings during a photo shoot @zoowroclaw. Found in eastern and northern Australia, this species makes its home in freshwater swamps, streams, and marshes, where it can feed on reeds and small animals like frogs and snails. To see a still shot of this magnificent species, follow me @joelsartore. #swamphen #purple #red #australia #photoark

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Video by Joel Sartore I @joelsartore. A two-month-old yellow-faced turtle slides off its keeper’s hand @okczoo. When fully grown, this species will be nearly a foot long. In the wild, this medium-sized turtle can be found near bodies of water across much of northern Australia. To see a still shot of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #yellowfacedturtle #yellowstripes #tiny #aquatic #cute #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A female western encephalitis mosquito stands at rest, engorged with blood, near Crosslake, Minnesota. It is a species of concern throughout much of the United States, especially west of the Mississippi River, where it acts as the primary vector for several forms of encephalitis and West Nile virus. To see more creatures featured in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #mosquito #female #encephalitis #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A three-month-old baby chimpanzee named Ruben reaches out toward the camera lens @tampazoo. Young chimps like Ruben will stay with their mothers for up to ten years, learning all the skills they need to survive in the wild before branching out to start their own family group. To see an image of an adult chimpanzee in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #chimp #chimpanzee #infant #cute #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Red foxes like this mother and kit, pictured at the edge of an oil field on Alaska’s North Slope, live around the world in many diverse habitats. Known for their intelligence and cunning, the red fox’s resourcefulness has helped it to adapt fairly easily to human environments such as farms, suburban areas, and even large communities. To see a silver variation of this species follow me, @joelsartore. #redfox #Alaska #cunning #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A family of endangered François langurs @theomahazoo. Found in southern China and northeastern Vietnam, these monkeys are good jumpers, with a long tail for balance, and long, hairless fingers for gripping. When they’re born, infants are bright orange for the first three or four months, allowing them to be highly visible in the thick forest to the multiple females that care for the newborn, a process known as allomothering. To see another shot of this species follow me @joelsartore. #endangeredspecies #primate #China #Vietnam #photoark

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Photo by @joelsartore | Koalas earned the nickname "koala bear" because of their resemblance to a teddy bear. "Koala" is derived from an Aboriginal term for "no drink," fitting since koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat and rarely drink water! Photo taken @wildlifewarriorsworldwide. To see a Photo Ark image of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #Koala #koalabear #photoark

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Photo by @joelsartore | Did you know that a newborn panda cub is 1/900th the size of its mother? At birth it is about the size of a stick of butter, but has the potential to weigh nearly 330 pounds as an adult! When this photograph was taken @zooatl, this cub was only a hundred days old. To see an image of an adult panda follow me @joelsartore. #Nationalpandaday #pandacub #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | In honor of World Penguin Day, a rookery at South Georgia Island’s St. Andrews Bay is one of the largest king penguin colonies in the world, with 100,000 nesting pairs. King penguins are the closest relatives of emperor penguins, and while similar in appearance, kings are thinner and the coloration of their ear patches differs from that of emperors. To see an up-close shot of this species follow me, @joelsartore. #penguin #kingpenguin #photoark #standrewsbay

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Photo by @joelsartore | Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Found only in the Arctic, polar bears are highly dependent on older stable pack ice, a platform from which they can rest, hunt, and mate. While polar bears are strong swimmers and have been seen in open waters as far as 200 miles from land, such activities require tremendous amounts of energy and can be fatal to younger bears. This makes the presence of ice patches extremely important for the survival of this species. To see how my photo shoot with a polar bear turned out, follow me @joelsartore. #polarbear #arctic #photoark

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered red-shanked douc langur sits for its Photo Ark shoot at the @endangeredprimaterescuecenter in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. In Vietnamese, this monkey is called vooc ngu sac, which means “five-colored macaque,” a reference to the species’ colorful fur. To see a still shot of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #langur #primate #endangered #Vietnam #photoark

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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A bearded vulture surveys its surroundings during a Photo Ark shoot @parconaturaviva. This year, the facility is celebrating 50 years of protecting endangered and threatened species like this one with both in situ and ex situ conservation programs. These birds were eradicated from most of Eastern Europe due to a belief that the vultures would carry off human babies. Follow me @joelsartore to catch another glimpse of this fierce flier. This photo was taken thanks to the support of @greenteenteam. #vulture #beardededvulture #fierce #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A Galápagos sea lion waits for a handout at a fish market in Puerto Ayora, in Galápagos, Ecuador. While part of the “eared seal” family, these sea lions are not “true” seals—they are able to rotate their hind flippers, allowing them to “walk” on land more than just “flop” like seals. Indeed, this species can actually gallop across land, reaching speeds exceeding that of a running person on rocky terrain! To see another sea lion species featured in the Photo Ark, follow me, @joelsartore. #sealion #galapagos #ecuador #earedseal #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A rookery at South Georgia Island’s St. Andrews Bay is one of the largest king penguin colonies in the world, with 100,000 nesting pairs. King penguins are the closest relatives of emperor penguins, and while similar in appearance, kings are thinner and the coloration of their ear patches differs from that of emperors. To see an up-close shot of this species follow me, @joelsartore. #penguin #kingpenguin #photoark #standrewsbay

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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 Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A northern spotted owl perches in front of a clear-cut area near Merlin, Oregon. This species relies on old-growth forests in the northwestern U.S. for both food and shelter. Habitat loss and encroachment by more aggressive barred owls has led to the population of this species declining throughout its range. For a rescue story about a young northern spotted owl, follow @joelsartore. #owl #northernspottedowl #forests #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | It doesn’t take long before you feel as though you’re being transported to another dimension while staring into the eye of this pied mossy frog. A patchwork of ornate textures and patterns helps camouflage it, giving it a unique look that seems out of this world. Follow me, @joelsartore to see more. Photo taken @houstonzoo. #piedmossyfrog #frog #amphibian #eye #textured #photoark

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An adult whooping crane tends to a chick in a public exhibit area at the International Crane Foundation (@savingcranes) in Baraboo, Wisconsin. A beautiful enclosure in a marsh allows visitors to observe as the adults search for food to give the chick. Learn more about what it takes for this endangered species to survive by following me, @joelsartore. #whoopingcrane #Bird #endangered #photoark

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Photo by @joelsartore | This Siberian flying squirrel has its large eyes to thank for its adorable looks. While those eyes certainly are captivating, its most impressive feature is the flap of skin that stretches between the front and rear legs. By spreading this flap, the flying squirrel is able to glide distances of over a hundred meters! Can’t get enough of this species? Follow me, @joelsartore for a second look. #flyingsquirrel #bigeyes #photoark @zooplzen

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Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Gopher tortoises face a potentially deadly journey when they cross busy highways, so please slow down in known tortoise areas. The creatures play a key role in helping other species survive; the burrows dug by this reptile act as shelter for an assortment of animals native to the southern U.S. They are listed as federally threatened and also as vulnerable by the IUCN, but collisions with vehicles are a leading cause of death for the gopher tortoise, which often must cross roadways in order to forage, find a mate, or dig a new burrow. To see a shot of this species in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore. #tortoise #gophertortoise #highway #photoark

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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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Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Found in lowland forests in northeastern New Guinea, the Edward’s fig parrot relies on its predominantly green plumage to help it blend in among the dense vegetation. As its name implies, this species loves to consume figs as well as a variety of other fruits. To see a still image of this vibrant bird, follow me, @joelsartore. Footage recorded @loroparque. #parrot #colorful #fig #photoark