Conservation International@conservationorg

Working to protect nature for the benefit of generations to come.

#TuesdayTrivia: Nearly____people depend on the forest for their livelihoods?
(a) 10 million
(b) 160 million
(c) 1.6 billion
If you guesse 1.6 billion, you’re correct. Nearly 23% of people on Earth depend on the forest for their livelihoods. When forests are cut down. It has a real economic impact on people’s well-being.


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson


Happy #WorldElephantDay
What better time than World Elephant Day to help support @r.e.s.c.u.e Reteti Elephant Sanctuary’s mission to #ProtectElephants alongside @DaveMatthewsBand. A $10 donation through @Prizeo enters you for a chance to win a Kenyan safari, a visit to Reteti to see your donation at work and a trip to see Dave in concert VIP. Only 10 DAYS LEFT so act now. Link in bio.


While you might not know it, this furry little hyrax is actually the closest living relative to elephants. These small mammals have tusks that develop from their incisor teeth (like elephants), not from canine teeth like most other mammals. They also have flattened nails on their toes, like elephants, rather than curved claws you see on other mammals, such as cats and dogs. Swipe to see if you can notice any similarities and get excited for #WorldElephantDay tomorrow.


Happy #WorldLionDay


For centuries, indigenous peoples have been among the Earth’s most important stewards. And as the world becomes increasingly globalized, it is vital to strengthen the voice of these communities in conservation decisions AND celebrate their sustainable leadership if we hope to create a vibrant planet for future generations. #IndigenousDay


No matter where on Earth you call home, forests make your life possible. They are so many things – our respite, our natural air filters, our water factories, our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them. And at @ConservationOrg we work to ensure the world’s most important forests are protected for future generations.


Home to more than 1 million diverse marine species, coral reefs are considered the forests of the ocean. And while they’re important for life underwater, coral reefs also play a vital role when it comes to helping humanity. Healthy coral reefs dissipate much of the force of incoming waves; helping to prevent loss of life, property damage, and coastal erosion.


In Indonesia, an underwater paradise was once decimated by illegal and unsustainable fishing. Now, thanks to one of the world’s most ambitious community-based conservation programs, it’s thriving again with crystal clear waters that team with marine life.


As the first community-led sanctuary of its kind in all of Africa, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary @r.e.s.c.u.e is helping define what it looks like when communities recognize the value of wildlife and unite to protect the them.
#WorldElephantDay is just a week away, so there’s no better time than now to help support Reteti’s mission to #ProtectElephants. With a $10 donation through @Prizeo, you could win a luxury safari in Kenya, a visit to Reteti to see your donation at work and a chance to see @DaveMatthewsBand in concert. Link in bio.
Film by @AmiVitale with @danehenrydigital and @Brettlowell


The dumbo octopus gets its name from Disney’s flying elephant. Do you see the resemblance? This rare species was observed by @ConservationOrg scientists exploring seamounts in Hawaii.


“In my small book collection sits a copy of John Muir’s ‘Travels in Alaska’. It was my first of his books and its pages are filled with stories of mountains, glaciers & most of all the sea. While reading from its pages I felt an unexplainable draw to the largest & most sparsely populated state in America. That feeling still exists even after every time I visit. The Aluetian Islands have always held an allure to me since my first visit back in 2010.” – @ChrisBurkard
This week, adventure photographer @ChrisBurkard is over on our Instagram and serving up an exclusive look at his shoot with @ConservationOrg exploring Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Very few ever get to experience the remote island chain with some of the most untouched nature left in the world. But now we all have a chance to witness these inspiring landscapes through Chris’ breathtaking photos. Keep checking back for more from Chris’s trip.