Photo by @stevewinterphoto | I just returned from @Zakouma_National_Park in Chad, @africanparksnetwork, one of the most amazing ecosystems on the planet – I have been to so many places throughout my career @natgeo – the amazing abundance of life found here is off the charts. Zakouma is just one of 15 parks managed by conservation NGO African Parks (@africanparksnetwork). If you want to see wild plains teeming with lions, leopards, herds of elephants, giraffe, and now rhinos (they just reintroduced black rhinos after a 50-year absence) and no tourists - go to Zakouma - check out the lodges there and in the other parks the manage in 8 other countries via their website. Tourism revenue goes back to the parks they manage and important community projects like education, healthcare and improved livelihoods.

What is happening in Zakouma is one of the most hopeful stories in conservation. The park was once ravaged by poaching and insecurity. More than 4,000 elephants, which was 95% of the population, were slaughtered between 2002 to 2010 for the sale of their ivory – and poachers wreaked havoc on both the wildlife and people who lived there. By 2010, only 450 elephants remained. That same year, @africanparksnetwork signed a long-term agreement with the government of Chad to fully manage Zakouma and change the trajectory of the park. They built a ranger team and implemented effective law enforcement measures and community networks, and today poaching has been practically eliminated. The elephant population is finally on the rise for the first time in a decade. Elephants have surpassed 550 individuals, and not one has been lost to poaching since January 2016. Last year @africanparksnetwork counted 81 elephant calves under the age of three years old; in 2011 they counted one. Without the support of local communities this would not work. The park is the largest employer in the region; thousands of people are getting an education and healthcare, and decency and civility, along with life, have found their back to this once forgotten place. To learn more about Zakouma and other truly hopeful conservation efforts happening across Africa, please follow @africanparksnetwork


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Photographed about four miles offshore from Flores Island yesterday: The tagging team were been looking for blue sharks to tag, but instead they came across this beautiful female Mako shark.
Shot by @manusanfelix_official on our expedition to the Azores in partnership with @oceanoazulfoundation and @waittfoundation | #oceanoazulexpedition #oceanoazulfoundation #NatGeo #pristineseas #blueazores #oceanconservation #Azores #science #ocean #emepc

Tag @natgeomedia + #loveocean,我們會於每周分享主題精選照片。
June Spotlight : ocean
Care about the ocean, we love where we come.
Tag @natgeomedia + #loveocean , We' ll post favorites next week.


Photo by Archana Bhat (@travelingbhat) // #Sponsored by @Nature_Valley // #NatureValleyHikeAMillion // “We woke up at 3AM to drive down to Mt. Ranier National Park to watch the sunrise Mt. Ranier at Tipsoo Lake,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Archana Bhat. “The kids were SO excited to go on an adventure with mom. I packed up their favorite hot chocolate, fruits, snacks, and treats. We watched Mt. Ranier glow bright that morning, and then walked around Naches Loop for a 6AM hike! The kids then saw Mt. Adams and clouds rolling in the distance and were completely enamored with the views. Such a memorable trip to a national treasure.” // Join @Nature_Valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. Track your miles with the MapMyHike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!


Photo by @pedromcbride (Pete McBride) // #sponsored by @Nature_Valley // #NatureValleyHikeAMillion // Looking into the layered sunrise light of Grand Canyon National Park as the smoke of a wildfire lingers amidst the layers of rock and time. The Colorado River, the architect of this landscape, winds 277 miles through this land of giants. // Join @Nature_Valley in supporting the national parks by hiking your local trails. Track your miles with the MapMyHike app for a chance to win prizes, like a national park trip!


Photo by @missenell
Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff: Nelly (@missenell), a Ragdoll-Birman cat mix who’s just looking for a way to cool off. 😻 🍉 “Last week, it was extremely hot in Denmark, so we brought a watermelon home to have a cool summer treat,” says her human Mikkel, a nursing student. “Before we knew it, Nelly climbed onto the watermelon and just sat there. It was quite the sight.”


“Wait...how did a walrus make its way onto the Dogs of Instagram page??” writes @endeavorsofego


City of Light ✨


Everyday life in Tokyo


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