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photo by @renaeffendiphoto // Jun Peng is a sixty-seven-year-old female elephant whose previous owner made a hole in her ear and tied a rope to it in order to pull her. Jun Peng's new caretaker - Pati, himself a refugee, inserts a fresh flower in her ear every morning. Dozens of elephants have been rescued here at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiangmai, Thailand from exploitation in logging and other abusive treatment. For more stories please follow @renaeffendiphoto #elephants #thailand #nature #animals #wildlife #love #care #rescue

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Photo @ladzinski / Photos like this aren’t easy to look at, in fact, they’re completely heartbreaking. However, the hope is that they ultimately encourage change and better understanding. This is a juvenile #gentoo #penguin, soaking wet from rain and bearing an injury. As the Antarctica peninsula continues to warm, precipitation is slowly changing from snow to rain, with many new consequences. There has been a vast increase in young penguins and other birds freezing to death, due to these newly wet conditions in this cold environment. Studies have also shown that penguin populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and fish stock depletion. Further, rain is also exasperating the ice melt, excelerating an already bad situation. It’s critically important that we pay attention to these signs and make changes, climate change is real and we are contributing to it. It’s extremely important to secure habitat and fishing stocks, notably Krill, a shrimp that nearly every mammal here relies on. Krill feed on sea ice, a habitat of bacteria, algae and crustaceans. If krill is over fished each and every animal that relies on it, like numerous species of whale, seal and penguin, will have nothing left to eat. Now, more than ever, we look to the leadership of #CCAMLR, the council responsible for managing the marine living resources in the waters surrounding Antarctica, to make the right decisions on how Antarcticas oceans are fished responsibly. Shot #onassignment for @natgeo @sea_legacy / @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @craigwelch @ianvaso @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages #CCMLAR2018 #turningthetide


Video by @joelsartore | Band-bellied owls like this one photographed at the Monticello Center in Italy can be found within a large range throughout Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The hunting behavior of these elusive birds are widely unknown, but they are thought to feed mainly on small mammals and large insects. They can grow to be about 19 inches (48 cm) in length and weigh just over one pound (500 grams). These beautiful creatures are named for the horizontal stripes that can be seen across their cream-colored abdomens.
This photo shoot was made possible in collaboration with the @greenteenteam.
To see a portrait of this owl check out @joelsartore!


North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder from National Geographic’s 150 anniversary edition. A military guide leads a tour on mystical Mount Paektu. It was here, official lore says, that Kim Il Sung fought for independence from Japanese occupiers in the 1930s. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites @dguttenfelder.

Paektu Mountain

Photo: @juanarre (Juan Arredondo)

A pit full of plastic balls at La Octava bar typifies Medellin’s growing nightlife and tourists appeal. It’s a dramatic change from the violent days under Escobar’s Medellín cartel, which at its height brought in as much as four billion dollars a year in cocaine trade.
After 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities.

Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. To see more about Colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place. Follow me @juanarre on instragram

#colombia #peaceprocess #medellin #almaguillermoprieto #postconflict #photooftheday #everedaylatinamerica

El Poblado, Antioquia, Colombia

Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Through the years that I spent documenting the daily life and the challenges Afghan refugees and internally displaced people face in Pakistan, focusing mostly on children as I personally believe that children are the real victim of conflicts and the most vulnerable ones. No matter what the circumstances are children always manage to find ways to be happy from nothing, just like this video of a group of Afghan refugee children playing with a balloon on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen

Islamabad, Pakistan

Photo: @ivankphoto / Trees line the path to a homeless community on the Los Angeles River, California, USA. Kenneth, a community member, believes the trees have supernatural powers. “Down here there are negative trees and positive trees, more negative...If you stay down here long enough, you turn mean and angry.” This photo is part of a long-term project on the LA River. #WalkingTheLAwash, #WhereTheConcreteMeetsTheJungle


Photos by @ciriljazbec / Samburu women wear their traditional clothing to show their pride in being educated and going to school.
Published last week in @natgeo story 'In Rural Africa, Tablets Revolutionize the Classroom'. BRCK tablets are opening up new learning opportunities for the Samburu tribe women and children in the Kenyan reserve.
Follow link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read the entire story and see more photos!


Photo by @FransLanting “Year of the Bird” From a distance a toucan in flight looks like a crow pushing a banana. Its body is plain black, but it has an outrageously elongated yellow bill. You have to get close to appreciate the facial design that matches the bill. A blue eye ring of bare skin is surrounded by a bare orange patch and that is framed by delicate black and white feathers. It is one of the most outrageous designs nature has forged over time in the American tropics. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more wonders from the world of birds. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #YearOfTheBird #toucan #bird #color #evolution #design


Photo by @brentstirton |
This dignified #Ovambo elder was photographed on the Namibian/Angolan border. He had travelled a long distance from his village in Southern Angola, hearing of a "miracle" doctor who could restore his sight. Three days later and after 6 years in the dark, he did indeed see again, thanks to Dr Helena Ndume and her mission to eradicate blindness. “Now I will see my children and look again at my wife, I am no longer useless.” he said after surgery.


Photo by @jimmy_chin

@conrad_anker taking in the end of another endless day where the sun never sets. Fenriskjeften Range, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17

Queen Maud Land

Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A pilgrim reads the Quran at the shrine of the Sufi scholar, mystic, poet, and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bittai in the village of Bhit Shah in the Sindh, Pakistan. For more from the region follow @argonautphoto.