Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies, currently listed as critically endangered. The last of Indonesia’s tigers—less than 400 today—are holding on for survival in the remaining patches of forest on the island of Sumatra. Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching mean this noble creature could soon end up extinct.
How can you help? Raising the public awareness and supporting conservation efforts are the first steps. It's important that we provide a voice to the creatures of this earth that do not have a voice for themselves. @wwf_id is currently working in tandem with the Rimbang Baling Wildlife Preserve to protect these beautiful animals--check them out for more information as to how you can help!
This print of a Sumatran tiger is now available for purchase--20% of proceeds will be donated to WWF Indonesia and the consortium working to protect these beautiful creatures--see the link in my bio for more information!
// California's Sierra Nevada mountain range has done a great job of keeping its age a secret... until recently! A new study provides evidence that the impressive granite formations are at least 40 million years old.
In order to accomplish this, scientists conducted a chemical analysis of ancient raindrops found in the Sierras during the California Gold Rush. These drops of water get trapped into molecules of minerals such as clay, which then provide a geological record that can be compared with modern samples of the same elevation. If both ancient and modern samples are identical or contain similar isotopes, then their elevation must have been comparable.
As it turned out, the old raindrop samples contained the same molecular ratios as the contemporary drops found at the same altitude, demonstrating that the water fell in the same spot 40 million years ago and that the mountain was as tall then as it is today. So cool!
// 🌿—Fern Facts! Did you know ferns are among the oldest plants in the world? Dating back to the Cretaceous period, ferns are seen everywhere from tropical to Arctic regions. Some can even live up to 100 years!
This print is now available for purchase—10% of the proceeds will be donated to The Nature Conservancy, and organization dedicated to protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends!
// The number of visitors to Joshua Tree National Park has doubled in the past four years, an increase that spells trouble for local ecology. But as tourism has increased, so have the numbers of conservation efforts. Why should you also get involved? . Out in the areas surrounding Joshua Tree, the trash is everywhere. In every line of sight, styrofoam, plastic bags, candy wrappers—some of it thrown from the highway, some blown in from the nearby cities--cover the protected lands, a habitat for thousands of unique flora and fauna. . The land is crisscrossed with off-highway vehicle trails—resulting in the successive tramplings of native yucca and creosote bushes—even though there is plenty of signage prohibiting anything larger than a bike. . Walk around the area and there's a chance you'll spot a baby desert tortoise shell pecked to death by the overgrown raven populations, fattened by the scraps of food people toss aside. . The Mediterranean schismus grass that gives the desert both its yellow tinge and its flammability has taken root in recent years thanks to an abundance of nitrogen-based pollutants in the soil. . So what can you do? Most desert conservation efforts focus on mitigating environmental degradation: picking up trash, closing illegal vehicle trails, cataloguing desert tortoise activity, etc. These tasks may seem small in scale—and they are—but, cumulatively, they work. You can find out more information about the Mojave Desert Land Trust and their volunteering opportunities here: https://www.mdlt.org. . This print of Joshua Tree is now available for purchase--see the link in my bio! 10% of all proceeds go to the MDLT, an organization dedicated to protecting Joshua Tree and its surrounding landscapes. . . . . #joshuatree#rawcalifornia#naturephotography#conservation#conservationphotography#livebravely#astrophotography#stayandwander#folkgreen#earthoutdoors#bpmag#outside_project#roamtheplanet#mountainstones#mthrworld#neverstopexploring#optoutside#nationalparkgeek#collectivelycreate#wildernesstones#folkscenery#wildernessnation#amongthewild#adventurenthusiasts#theglobewanderer#ourwild#ourcamplife#outdoorsupply#keepitwild