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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear opens an eye during a nap on the west coast of Hudson Bay, Canada. This male bear was in no rush. He was waiting near the water’s edge in anticipation for the big freeze: an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. To see this guy in action and to learn more about polar bears’ incredible lives, watch ‘Wild_Life: The Big Freeze’. Premiering this Friday, 8/16 at 9pm EST on Nat Geo Wild. Follow @bertiegregory for more on the series. #bear #arctic #Cold #wildlife #wild_Life

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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Having recently broken out of the den with their mother, these three-month-old polar bear cubs were unbelievably cute. But although they look small here, they were born much smaller. The polar bear’s active gestation period of just 60 days means they come out the size of a squirrel and weight less than two lbs. To see more of these lovely little animals. check out my new online series "Wild_Life: The Big Freeze." Content sponsored by Destination Canada. Available on National Geographic YouTube or natgeo.com/wildlife. Follow @bertiegregory for more on the series. #wild_life #wildlife #animals #bears #Polar

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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | During my first trip to @lewa_wildlife, I met the incredible Leperere, pictured here with Tipper the tracking dog. Leperere is a ranger who has dedicated his life and career to guarding orphaned or abandoned endangered wildlife. Like many rangers across the world, Leperere is selfless and gives his all to protecting the vulnerable rhinos under his care. While we're confronted with stories of despair and rampant poaching across Africa, it is important to shine a light on the successes and amplify the voices like Leperere and all of his colleagues. It's not easy, but the rangers of @lewa_wildlife have proven that it's possible to achieve conservation successes: they have had zero poaching of wildlife during the last six years, and their endangered rhino population now stands at more than 200! By working with their neighboring communities and the government and by investing in technology, the team at @Lewa_wildlife is saving threatened wildlife, including the more than 200 rhinos that makes up 15% of Kenya's entire rhino population. This World Ranger Day, Learn how to get involved and support @lewa_wildlife @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #worldrangerday #wildlife #kenya #stoppoaching #dogs

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | High in the Colorado Rockies, mountain goats prance and play in the alpine environment. This one curiously followed me to the summit of a 14,000-foot peak—his summer territory, where the goats are safe from predators and live off lichen and high-altitude grasses. For more, follow @pedromcbride. #mountaingoat #rockymountains #colorado #wildlife

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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

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Photo by Brent Stirton @brentstirton | Tarangire National Park, Tanzania: A mature bull elephant schools a younger bull that was getting ahead of himself in a herd of males. The older bull pushed the younger elephant around until it was completely humbled and resumed its place in the hierarchy of the herd. One of the neglected issues of the ivory poaching crisis is that so many of the mature bulls are killed and there are very few to socialize young elephants into behavior patterns that will increase their lifespan. Human-wildlife conflict is often the result as inexperienced elephants wander into territory that can get them killed. @natgeo #natgeostudentexpeditions #conservation #wildlife #nature

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sleeping bull elephant, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This is from my work on the sedation of elephants; when administered, a new and delicate combination of drugs allows an elephant to gently slip into a deep, calm sleep, but the important thing is it sleeps on its feet—thus reducing the possibility of all manner of eventualities should it collapse, as often happens. This bull elephant is being worked on while he gently dozes, but it’s always possible that unexpected stimulation will wake a sedated animal. I'm privileged to witness the care and attention those who work with these precious creatures exhibit when intervention is the only alternative. #southafrica #conserving #conservation #wildlife #elephants

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Photo by @paulnicklen | A leopard seal patrols a slab of sea ice, hoping for one of the many young Adélie penguins to slip up and fall into the icy depths of the Antarctic waters. Penguin chicks are extremely vulnerable during their first few times in the water, as they are inexperienced and have not yet refined their swimming speed and strategies. Leopard seals take full advantage of this and coordinate their migration to coincide with the specific time that penguin chicks journey from their colony to the sea. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos from #Antarctica. #penguin #leopardseal #nature #wildlife

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Photo by @FransLanting | Jaguars are the largest cats of the Americas, but this male was exceptionally massive. Jaguars grow big in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands because of an abundance of prey that includes capybaras and caiman. When I first went there years ago, jaguars were practically invisible because they were persecuted by ranchers. But in parts of the Pantanal where they are no longer harassed, they can now be seen in the open—evidence that protection works. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with the wild. @ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoImageCollection #jaguar #Brazil #pantanal #bigcats #conservation #bigcatsinitiative #wildlife

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A curious polar bear takes a break from his relentless stalking to get a good look at me. He had been keeping watch over a seal hole, hoping to get lucky and catch a seal as it surfaced for air. Ringed seals have developed an innovative way to avoid hungry polar bears. They create numerous holes throughout sea ice so they can breathe without completely surfacing and making themselves vulnerable. The Arctic is a harsh environment, and survival tactics are constantly in action for both predator and prey. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos from the Arctic. #polarbear #survival #seaice #wildlife #photography

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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

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | On the edge of a stream in the British Columbia rainforest, we waited for weeks for an opportunity to photograph a family of rain wolves that we knew were living nearby. We could hear them yelping, but they didn’t come out. The days ran together. And then they started to emerge. One day, I spotted movement out of the corner of my eye: one by one, five wolf pups followed their mother right in front of our blind. The mother looked across the stream. It felt like she was looking right into my eyes. She stared, as if to make sure I knew that she was looking at me, and then she left. The next 20 minutes were truly magical. The five pups stayed in the creek, playing and chasing each other in the dying light of day. They found a piece of bull kelp and they used it to play tug-of-war; they wrestled and pounced on each other, and I loved knowing that I had been assigned to be their wolf-sitter. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos and stories from #beautifulBC. #rainwolves #patience #wildlife

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | A massive male polar bear displays a fresh wound from an encounter with another male—a battle for the right to breed. On Ellesmere Island, it was the time of year when the sun starts to hang just above the horizon for 24 hours a day. This photo was taken around 1 a.m.; the sun illuminates this bear’s breath in the -45 Celsius temperature. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of polar bears. #arctic #polarbear #nature #wildlife

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | Marching together along the South Georgia shoreline, king penguins head out to sea to find food for their hungry chicks. Just as human communities offer benefits to members, like support and social interaction, penguin colonies can be good for individual birds. There can be safety in numbers, along with shelter from harsh conditions, both of which can help the birds survive. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of penguins. #penguin #ocean #BornToIce #wildlife

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Photo by @ronan_donovan | On the Antarctic Peninsula, two Adélie penguins crane their necks to inspect this strange two-legged visitor. I've come with all sorts of ridiculousness draped over my body: a wool hat my mother knit; five layers that are a mix of plastic fibers with the same feathery down that keeps penguins warm; plastic fiber gloves; and finally, rubber boots. And this is the warm season! Penguins have one incredible suit made out of materials fertilized by the landscape in which they live. A. Mazing. I'm always so curious how this works (and hugely jealous they can adjust to any weather in seconds). Take their feet, for example. They'll force blood into their feet when they're on land in order to cool off, and they'll constrict the blood flow to their feet when they're in water to keep warm: countercurrent heat exchange. Nice one, nature. So you'll see pink to red to white colored toes in this series. Hot colored feet means it's a hot penguin! Follow @ronan_donovan for more stories and images from the wild. #antarctica @natgeoexpeditions #penguin #ocean #wildlife

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | I cannot really explain it, but I have always had a fascination with crocodiles. American crocodiles, like this one, range from Florida to Mexico, and all the way into some countries in the Caribbean, like Cuba, where I photographed this handsome fellow. The locals call him Niño, which in Spanish means, Kid. He likes to hide in the mangrove forests of the Gardens of the Queen, where he hunts for small fish and "hutias," a large rodent that makes its home among the branches of the mangrove trees. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos of #wildlife from around the world. #crocodile #cuba #nature

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Photo by @cristinamittermeier | In the safety of Katmai National Park, in Alaska, a brown bear mother watches over her young and curious cub. Free from the dangers and consequences of human intervention through the park’s protection, these bears live in harmony with the land, which hosts the biggest concentration of brown bears on Earth. While photographing the pair, I was in awe of the bond between mother and cub. The young bear followed closely in its mother’s footsteps, eager to learn the ways of life as a bear and what it takes to survive. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos of bears from #Alaska, and other regions of the world. #brownbear #family #nature #wildlife #photography

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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Did you know mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) have an even number of toes? To learn more interesting facts about wildlife and wild places, follow photographer @drewtrush #beauty #wildlife #animals #instagood

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Photo by @paulnicklen | Blending in with its wintry surroundings, an Arctic fox pauses among frost-covered rye grass, listening carefully for mice scurrying under the snow. These foxes benefit from excellent camouflage; their coats change to a brown color in the summer to match the tundra’s environment. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos of #arctic animals. #arcticfox #nature #wildlife #camouflage

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | Among a sea of penguin families, emperor penguin parents watch over their rapidly growing chicks. It takes a lot of responsibility and dedication from both parents to raise a single baby penguin. Parents will take turns venturing out to sea to feed on fish and krill for days or weeks at a time, only to return to a 10-mile walk back to the colony to feed their hungry chick. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of #penguins. #antarctica #ocean #nature #wildlife #love

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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

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Droughts have put pressure on pastoralists and wildlife across northern Kenya, often leading to conflict between humans and elephants. Thanks to the community-based conservation work of @NRT_Kenya and others, the number of elephants killed in human-wildlife conflicts and/or for poaching their ivory has dropped 97% between 2012 and 2018 in community-managed conservancies. For more on wildlife conservation, follow @pedromcbride #elephants #kenya #wildlife

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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male snowy owl hunts for lemmings during a blizzard along Hudson Bay in Canada. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes, but this snowy owl looked totally unfazed by the brutal conditions. Feathers evolved initially for insulation, not flight, so by trapping pockets of air in his plumage, he’s able to stay warm and focus on other tasks. Before this shoot, I would have said hunting in a blizzard would be pointless for this owl, as I thought its small rodent prey would be tucked up under the snow. Even if the lemmings were on the move underground, there’s no way the owl could hear them in this wind. However, occasionally we did see lemmings running around on top of the snow, presumably disorientated and lost. With the owls razor-sharp eyesight, this would be a lemming’s last mistake. Shot for @natgeo and season three of "wild_life." Follow @bertiegregory for more. #owl #arctic #Canada #wildlife #camera

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedrommcbride | How do you move 500 wild African elephants? Carefully and quickly. In 2017 these elephants were moved with their family units to a new park after their numbers thrived in Majete Game Reserve, Malawi. The process involved a logistical orchestra of specialized vets, dedicated elephants experts, and heavy equipment to tranquilize, load, wake up, and transport the animals as efficiently as possible, with as little stress as possible. The process involves risk, but the threat of ivory poaching is far riskier. @africanparksnetwork plans to completed its two-year translocation of 500 elephants in two months, bringing wildlife back to a park that was once decimated by poachers. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride. #elephants, #conservation #Afrrica #nature #Poaching #malawi #wildlife

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Photo by @pedromcbride | A Weddell seal navigates icebergs near the Fish Islands off the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. In 2008 we paddled kayaks through this region for Nat Geo, and I was constantly amazed by the ease of these marine animals as they navigated the frozen, changing world. To see more wild place, follow @pedromcbride // #nature #antarctica #wildlife #seal #gratitude #petemcbride