Saving India's regal deer, the hard ground Barasingha in Kanha National Park, is one of the most inspiring success stories in the history of wildlife conservation.
The Barasingha deer differs from all other Indian deer species in that the antlers carry more than three tines. Because of this distinctive character it is called Barasingha, meaning "twelve-tined."
Mature stags have 10 to 14 tines, and some have been known to have up to 20.
This animal is adapted to hard ground unlike swamp deer of Northern India which live in marshy swamps. Kanha Tiger Reserve has been instrumental in rescuing this species from extinction. Shot on assignment with my boys @ansgarklumphotos and @einars.pics#wwf#mattiasklum#save#tiger#protect#nikonambassador#protectbiodiversity@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial
Morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. This rainforest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon rainforest). Extremely rich in biodiversity, Borneo provides habitat for about 15,000 known species offlowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. After years of work in Borneo it's one of the places that I truly love! Please support rainforest conservation and ethnic minorities globally! #borneo#biodiversity#science#conservation#rainforest#amazing#creativity@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov
On the lookout! Meerkats are great at working together in numbers. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles that can snatch them from the ground. A sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover in burrows or bolt holes. While a few individuals guard the group, the rest forage for the foods that make up their varied diet. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, eggs, birds, and fruit. When hunting small game, they work together and communicate with purring sounds. Meerkats are very efficient and entrepreneurial hunters and delightful to study in the field. These extremely nosy individuals were only inches away from my camera. Shot on assignment for @natgeo in the Kalahari, South Africa #meerkat#protectbiodiversity#kalahari#mattiasalexandrovklum#conservation#scientist#southafrica#nikonambassador#instagood#nosy@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov
King of Bites! With about a mind-boggling 7000 pounds per square inch of bite force, crocodiles boast 6000 psi more than the African lion. (Human record 270 pounds!) When it comes to biting, crocodiles simply leave all their competition behind. This Nile crocodile that I photographed in Selous, Tanzania (In this photograph just about to swallow some well seasoned flesh from the dead hippo in the hackground) can eventually measure more than 18 feet long and weigh more than a ton. Relative to their enormous size, it's no wonder their large and powerful jaw muscles make crocodiles' snouts among the world's deadliest traps. Heading back to Selous and the crocs this fall with @irisalexandrov and @zoomphototours#croc#record#selous#mattiasklum#conservation#wwf#iucn#protectbiodiversity#nikonambassador@natgeo@alexandrovklumofficial@thephotosociety