I would like to celebrate the World Wildlife Coservation day by mentioning a piece of positive information about the world’s threatened wildlife, the giant panda has been downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk of extinction, demonstrating how an integrated approach can help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced the positive change to the giant panda’s official status in the Red List of Threatened Species, pointing to the 17% rise in the population in the decade up to 2014, when a nationwide census found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild in China. I photographed this charming female giant panda in Foping Nature Reserve, Shaanxi Province, China. Please help raise awareness and contribute to the conservation and protection of endangered species such as sharks, elephants, rhinos and tigers by supporting conservation oraganizations like WWF and IUCN. #mattiasklum#makeachange#nikonambassador#wildlifeconcervationday#livingthedream#protectbiodiversity#giantpanda#china#foping@irisalexandrov@natgeo@thephotosociety@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection
Like a silvery zebra-striped work of art, a yellow-lipped sea krait swim in Fijian waters. This sea-and-land-going snake, which need air to breathe, ascend the island’s rugged coral and limestone banks to rest. This beautiful snake’s toxic bite causes paralysis, which keeps its quick and strong eel prey from escaping. In fact these kraits feed almost exclusively on eels, and their neurotoxic venom has evolved accordingly. Ironically it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. The toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. With some luck luck, the yellow-lipped sea krait may soon combat disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. #yellow-lipped sea krait #fiji#mattiasklum#life#protectbiodiversity#science@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection
Altruistic meerkat on the lookout! In order to spot potential predators, adult meerkats often climb to a higher vantage point or stand on their hind legs and they are more likely to do so when young pups are present in the group. Meerkats are truly 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. This extremely nosy individual only inches away. Shot on assignment for @natgeo in the Kalahari, South Africa #meerkat#kalahari#conservation#scientist#southafrica#nikonambassador#instagood#nosy@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection
Cnidocytes (stinging cells) of the anemones are explosive defense cells, which send out toxin-filled harpoons when triggered by touch of an intruder. The clown fish however is a rare exception. These stinging cells of the anemone do not harm the clownfish, but instead gives it shelter. In return the clownfish defends the anemone from predators and keeps it clean from small harmful parasites. This clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) was photographed in the beautiful coral reefs of Raja Ampat. Everyday is a good day to celebrate the importance and beauty of our marine worlds! Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate, absorbing carbon dioxide and they produce over half the oxygen that we, and all other land animals, breathe. Their wealth is truly beyond comprehension. #doyourpart by making smarter everyday choices. Avoid plastics, choose certified fish, don’t litter on beaches and most importantly, tell others to follow suit! Please take a look at @aninconvenienttruth and check out my friends @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@sealegacy and @zarialynn in this story together with Paramount Pictures. #ocean#protect#conservation#protectbiodiversity#mattiasklum#conservation@alexandrovklumofficial