Mattias A. Klum@mattiasklumofficial

Artist, NatGeo Fellow, photographer and filmmaker. Professional speaker. Environmentalist. WWF & IUCN Ambassador.

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Two African Wild dogs working on securing their common future! One of my favorite top predators photographed together with @ansgarklumphotos and in Selous, Tanzania.
Among the best hunters in Africa, wild dogs (or painted dogs) have a higher kill rate than lions and can take down antelope that weigh as much as 225 kilos (500 pounds). They are notorious for a grisly efficiency that has made some people fear and hate them, if not shoot them on sight. This beautiful apex predator is important in its ecosystem and needs to be respected and protected! African wild dogs hunt in successful cooperative packs of 6 to 24 animals. Larger packs were more common before the dogs became endangered. Soon back to Selous with @irisalexandrov for @alexandrovklumofficial #wilddog #doglovers #mattiasklum #tanzania #predator #africa #protectbiodiversity #nikonambassadors #painteddog #conservation #wwf #iucn @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @alexandrovklumofficial


Photographed in Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa. This very relaxed female cheetah and her cub gave me and @irisalexandrov an unforgettable experience. Remarkably beautiful, lightning fast and so vulnerable all at the same time. The world’s fastest land mammal is racing toward extinction, with the latest cheetah census suggesting that the big cats, which are already few in number, may decline by an additional 53 percent over the next 15 years. In my field you end up developing some skills handling logistics and travel. If you don’t plan your workflow, travels and expeditions professionally you lose so much momentum and so many opportunities to actually get what you need artistically. With a solid travel plan, you can focus on the experience ahead.
#KAYAKTravelPro @KAYAK_eu #southafrica #bestjobintheworld #cheetah #savebiodiversity #conservation #nikonambassador #wwf #africa #ecosystem #engineer #beauty #power @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @alexandrovklumofficial


A hippo in a typical threat display towards a rival in Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa. Hippos are known to be a bit grumpy, but if you read their behavior and play your cards right it usually works really well. It takes confidence to get this close. Hippos move with great ease in water, "swimming" by kicking their hind feet or simply walking on the bottom. They are well-adapted to an aquatic lifestyle, with small ears, eyes and nostrils set at the top of the head. Their senses are super keen even when submerged in water. By closing its ears and nostrils, the adult can stay under water for as long as six minutes. It's no secret that hippos love water, which is why the Greeks named them the "river horse." Hippos can spend more than 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. The black market’s insatiable demand for ivory has turned poachers’ attention away from well-protected elephants to more vulnerable hippos! Don't buy exotic animal souvenirs!!
Photographed together with @irisalexandrov #KAYAKTravelPro @KAYAK_eu #southafrica #bestjobintheworld #conservation #nikonambassador #wwf #africa #ecosystem #engineer #beauty #power @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @alexandrovklumofficial


I want to celebrate #worldwildlifeday by posting one of my favorite predators!!
The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas.
Leopards are also successful nocturnal predators that stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in tall grass or wooded areas. Saving the illusive leopard and its habitat is a smart strategy to secure long term water supply and other ecosystem services for mankind! It's all connected! I photographed this male in Selous, Tanzania with @ansgarklumphotos and . Heading back to beautiful Selous this fall with @irisalexandrov in collaboration with @zoomfotoresor Stay tuned for more info on this unique trip! #leopard #savethebigcats #conservation #thanda #selous #nature #nikonambassadors #filmmaking #instagood #pictureoftheday #love #predator #treasure @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial


Some insanely beautiful Caribbean reef sharks passing inches away from my camera in the Bahamas. These sharks prefer shallow waters with a maximum depth of 35 meters and tend to inhabit coral reefs and ocean bottoms near the continental and insular shelves. Aggregations of Caribbean reef sharks are highly vulnerable to being fished out; a single longline could decimate an entire population. There are still about 400 species of shark in the world's oceans but at least
250 000 sharks are killed every day(!) for the finning- and shark liver oil industry etc. Many species are now on the brink! By ridding the oceans of the sharks we destabilize resilient and strong ecosystems that truly support life as we know it! We depend on nature to function! #sharks #protect #biodiversity #mattiasklum #nikonambassadors #artistduoalexandrovklum #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @natgeotravel @alexandrovklumofficial


Staying cool! A Burchell's zebra’s stripy coat is thought to disperse more than 70 per cent of incoming heat, preventing the animal from overheating in the South African sun. The elegant stripes are also known to help camouflage the animal in long grass, and distract lions and other predators. Recent research also shows that a zebra's stripes may have evolved to keep biting insects at bay - the monochrome pattern seems to throw off the visual systems of flies.
On top of this, a zebra's stripes act like a fingerprint - each individual’s pattern is unique. Foals recognise their mothers by the pattern of their stripes, as well as by scent and call.
The Burchell's Zebra in Thanda, South Africa is the most common across the African continent and has been classified into seven sub-species across its range. One of the coolest designs in nature! #mattiasklum #zebra #plainzebra #science #naturalairconditioning #southafrica #thanda #africa #nikonambassadors #protectbiodiversity #artistduoalexandrovklum #alexandrovklum @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection


After weeks of tracking the asiatic lions on foot, I managed to sneak up on this mating couple (without interupting their activity). Most people think of lions as strictly African predators, but only because they’ve been killed off almost everywhere else.
Ten thousand years ago lions spanned vast sections of the globe, and so did people and as we multiplied and got organized we put tremendous pressure on competitors at the top of the food chain. Now lions hold only a small fraction of their former habitat, and Asiatic lions, a subspecies that split from African lions perhaps 100,000 years ago, hang on to an almost impossibly small slice of their former domain. Go to @irisalexandrov to meet Inzaghi, our own relaxed little feline predator! #asiaticlion #protectbiodiversity #girforest #india #throwback #nikonambassadors #saveourlions #artistduoalexandrovklum @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeotravel


Snow-covered and rugged mountains of Oasi Zegna in the Biella Alps, Piemonte, Italy. This dramatic area has undoubtedly become one of my personal havens in Italy. Shot together with my boys @ansgarklumphotos and #mattiasklum #protectbiodiversity #biella #oasizegna #fineart #photography #italy #alps #white #snow #livingthedream #protectbiodiversity #nikonambassadors @mattiasklumcollection @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @thephotosociety @natgeo


For many years (33 to be specific) I have mostly focused on capturing endangered species, cultures and eco systems in remote, far flung places, like when shooting a Kinkajou story 2003 in Panama for @natgeo (hanging from a climbing rope up the rainforest canopy for weeks). A few days ago I turned 50. Time truly flies... but I am now, more than ever, commited to use my art and storytelling to try to inspire positive change, but these days together with @irisalexandrov for @alexandrovklumofficial. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all crew members, friends and followers in the world for your loyal, kind and constructive support and love!! Photo: Lars-Magnus Ejdeholm #grateful #alexandrovklum #artistduoalexandrovklum #mattiasklum #blessed #nikonambassadors @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection @natgeo


The Field. 2017.
Photograph by @alexandrovklumofficial
Tonight we (@irisalexandrov and I) are performing the third and final show of ”Tales from Reality” by @alexandrovklumofficial at with @kungligafilharmonikerna conducted by #davidbjörkman. Superexcited to do this 90 minute long multidimensional performance art project! Read more atånverkligheten #mattiasklum #alexandrovklumofficial #alexandrovklum #mindfullness #livingthedream #performanceart #nikonambassadors @alexandrovklumofficial @irisalexandrov @kungligafilharmonikerna @mattiasklumofficial @natgeo @thephotosociety


A meandering river from above in the gorgeous Okavango delta, Botswana. This wetland is flushed yearly by nearly 11 cubic kilometers of water. A healthy delta brimful with unique species and adaptations is not only interesting and beautiful but provides numerous ecosystem services for mankind. The rich biodiversity of all reserves and national parks in Africa is actually critical for landscape resilience, which contributes to the stability of the Earth system! #mattiasklum #nikonambassador #protectbiodiversity #okavango #botswana #africa #elephants #resilience #conservation @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial


A tranquil place of incomprehensible marine wealth! The rich waters of the Raja Ampat archipelago off Western Papua, Indonesia are some of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. Let's protect Raja Ampat and other fragile marine ecosystems! Shot on assignment with @ansgarklumphotos & #rajaampat #indonesia #marine #ecosystem #paradise #protectouroceans #divers #instagood #photooftheday #mattiasklum #nikonambassador #conservation @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeotravel @mattiasklumcollection @tierragrandefilms