Photo by @TimLaman. Helmeted Hornbills are one of the iconic birds of Indonesia’s rain forest, but in recent years they have been the target of illegal hunting and trade for their casques and bills, which can be carved like ivory. Yesterday I photographed this stockpile confiscated from smugglers in Samarinda, East Kalimantan at the Conservation Department office. On one table, we saw more than 100 hornbill heads and beaks, which was shocking, especially since I have been spending many weeks in the wild just to get brief glimpses of the live birds. Authorities in Indonesia are trying to clamp down on this trade that is driving this species toward extinction, and I’m hoping to raise awareness through this story, which is a partnership between @NatGeo and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Indonesian hornbill conservation group @RangkongID. Stay tuned for the full story about Helmeted Hornbills coming up in the August issue of @NatGeo and please do what you can to spread awareness about this critically endangered species. #onassignment#YearoftheBird#hornbills, #helmetedhornbills#endangered#endangeredspecies#RangkongGading#Indonesia#Kalimantan#Borneo
Photo by @TimLaman. I arrived in Samarinda two nights ago, and was greeted by this amazing view from my hotel of the great Mahakam River and the Grand Mosque of Samarinda on its banks. I’m here #onassignment for @NatGeo in the Indonesian capitol of East Kalimantan Province pursuing the story of the trade in Helmeted Hornbills that has driven this rare bird to Critically Endangered status. The Mahakam River is the second largest in Indonesia (after the Kapuas) and drains the interior of the whole eastern side of the great island of Borneo. Follow me @TimLaman as I share my stories on #hornbills and other wildlife and birds of Indonesia. #Indonesia#sunset#Kalimantan#Mahakam#Borneo.
Photo by @TimLaman. For me, every day is a day to care about wildlife, but it’s also great to pay special attention on days like today, March 3, which the United Nations has declared as #WorldWildlifeDay, with a special focus this year on #BigCats. So I’m sharing some images from #Tanzania last year like these lion cubs at play in the #Serengeti.
As the UN website says: “Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade.” Please do what you can to help big cats and other wildlife.
Visit National Geographic's Big Cats initiative to find out how to save iconic species like these lions and other big cats today! See: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative @natgeo@natgeocreative#lions
Photo by @TimLaman. Bighorn sheep - roadside attraction in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Pretty cool to see these guys up close…..those are some heavy looking horns to be carrying around. Apparently they can weigh over 13 kg. #bighorn, #Wyoming, #thephotosociety