Christian Ziegler@christianziegler

Tropical biologist turned photojournalist for NatGeo.

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Christian Ziegler

A male Wreathed Hornbill flies towards his nest in a tree cavity - the female is inside the nest, incubating their eggs. She is encased behind a wall of mud that keeps the eggs and young chicks safe from predators. The female does not leave the nest until after the chicks have hatched and grown (usually 3 or 4 months), and during this time she is completely dependent on her partner her food that he delivers through the small opening to the nest - seeds, fruits, lizards, frogs and insects. @natgeo @jorisvanalphen #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #manasnationalpark #canon #canonambassador


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We left Royal Manas National Park yesterady and we are now on the road heading to the mountains in northern Bhutan. Here is a beautiful blue-throated barbet eating a big fig fruit - one of the >300 bird species found in Manas @natgeo #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #manasnationalpark #canon #canonambassador


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A herd of wild water buffalo hanging out in a little pond to cool down, Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan @natgeo #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #manasnationalpark #canon #canonambassador


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This is the Manas river that marks the boundary between Bhutan and India. To the north of the river lies the Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan and to the south Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India. This is a huge expanse of lowland tropical rainforest that is home to healthy populations of elephants, bengal tigers, leopards, wild water buffalo, Ganges river dolphins, golden langur monkeys, and hundreds of species of birds including four different species of hornbills.... astounding biodiversity! @natgeo @jorisvanalphen #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #manasnationalpark #manas #canon #canonambassador


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More than 60% of Bhutan is covered in undisturbed tropical forest - here you can see forest extending up to the tree line at almost 5000m with peaks of almost 7000m in the back ground! I feel so lucky to witness landscapes like this, which have stood unchanged for thousands and thousands of years. In our rapidly changing world, true wilderness like this is hard to find. @natgeo #Bhutan #conservation #forest #liveforthestory #canon #canonambassador


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Over the last two years, I have spent weeks following hornbills in Royal Manas National Park on the border of Bhutan and India. This is a great hornbill - one of the largest of all hornbill species - tossing a fig fruit into it's beak. I have seen this species foraging on many fruits, small mammals and reptiles, and even crabs that they catch in local rivers. @natgeo #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #manasnationalpark #hornbill #canon #canonambassador


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I captured this image on the road from Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) to Tingtibi in the south where we have been photographing golden langurs. Bhutan is a Buddhist country and beautiful prayer flags dot the landscape. Flags are usually positioned on ridges and mountain tops, where their prayers and mantras can be blown by the wind. @natgeo #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #prayerflags #canon #canonambassador


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Checking the images from our camera traps here in Bhutan and there is... a leopard!!! This is from the lowland tropical forest in Manas National Park. Bhutan has undisturbed habitats stretching from 100 meters above-sea-level to over 5000 meters with an amazing diversity of wildlife. With @jorisvanalphen we will set up more camera traps on this trip - hoping to catch more sights like this one. Thanks to @natgeo for supporting this project and to @pauljohnbayfield for all the help building camera traps! #Bhutan #conservation #canon #canonambassador #liveforthestory #manasnationalpark


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I am back in Bhutan for the fourth time, with @jorisvanalphen to document the biodiversity of this beautiful and unspoiled county. Thanks to @natgeo for supporting me on this project #Bhutan #conservation #liveforthestory #canon #canonambassador


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I am in London, at the release of the new Canon R camera. Its been fun getting to play around with the new technology - great new touch screen and performs so well in low light.... I'm looking forward to trying it out in a tropical forest sometime soon! #canon #canonambassador #liveforthestory #eosr


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- [ ] ‪On Friday, June 8, together with primate researcher Dr. Gottfried Hohmann I’m guest in the Palm House of Mainau Island/Germany. There you can see my bonobo photos until the end of October in a nice exhibition in real jungle atmosphere. Between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm, Gottfried Hohmann and I will tell exciting stories about our daily work, about the creation of my bonobo pictures and the life of the bonobos in general. If you have the opportunity, come over and meet us. ‪. In German: Am Freitag, den 8. Juni, bin ich zusammen mit Primatenforscher Dr. Gottfried Hohmann zu Gast im Palmenhaus der Insel Mainau/Deutschland. Dort sind noch bis Ende Oktober meine Bonobo-Bilder in einer tollen Ausstellung in echter Dschungel-Atmosphäre zu sehen. Zwischen 14.00 und 15.00 Uhr werden Gottfried Hohmann und ich spannende Geschichten über unseren Arbeitsalltag, über die Entstehung meiner Bonobo-Bilder und das Leben der Bonobos allgemein, erzählen. Ich freue mich auf zahlreiche Besucherinnen und Besucher. ‬. #inselmainau #mainau #blumeninselmainau #mainauisland #visitbawu #bodensee #bonobo #rainforest #congo #conservation


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The hands of bonobos (Pan paniscus) are so similar to our own—we share over 98 percent of our DNA with bonobos ! This picture is from our new book “Jungle Spirits” - a picture book written together with Daisy Dent to celebrate tropical forests with images and stories from more than 20-years work in jungles around the globe, published by #teNeues. #rainforest #conservation #tropicalrainforest @natgeo @thephotosociety #liveforthestory


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