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#Repost @natgeo Photo by Ronald Cohn // Koko the gorilla, an ambassador for her species famous for learning sign language, has died at the age of 46. Over the years, she graced our cover twice—in 1978 and 1985–capturing the hearts of millions and inspiring gorilla conservation efforts around the world. We don’t know of any other individual animal who has appeared twice on our cover.


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#Repost @vice Koko, the kitten-loving gorilla who communicated with humans, died in her sleep on Tuesday, according to her caretakers at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. She was 46. As the most famous member of her species in the world, Koko dazzled friends and fans with her bubbly personality, sophisticated communication skills, and compassion for other animals. Her ability to express herself through sign language, music, and artwork distinguished her as a beloved icon of primate intelligence and an ambassador for animal rights. RIP. Read more at motherboard.vice.com. Via @motherboardvice. 📸: @pbs


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In a new essay, LDF's Environment Now Forest Program Director explores the current threats to our national forests as the Trump administration and new Congress attempt to reduce environmental protections and increase logging. The essay also examines the latest scientific research on forest fires, showing how that research refutes erroneous fire-related claims used to promote logging. These findings instead point to a positive new approach that truly protects our forests while at the same time helps communities to safely coexist with wildfires as a natural and necessary part of western forests. Follow the link in bio to read more. --
Photo credit: creative commons, Martha Bergmann


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When we take stock of how far humanity has come, how much civilization has progressed, we tend to give all the credit to mankind. But we may be overlooking a key contributor. When you look at our ecosystem granularly, you’ll see: it’s all about the bees… and wasps, moths, butterflies, birds, flies, beetles, even bats.
Each of these insects and small mammals is a #pollinator, and they are crucial to our food sources. A third of all of the food you eat exists because of the efforts of pollinators. Follow the link in bio to read about simple, tangible actions you can take to help these amazing and essential creatures thrive.

Photo credit: creative commons, Paul Illsley
#bees #birds #butterflies #bats #flies #beetles #nature #pollination


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#Repost @defendersofwildlife Good news: a manta ray nursery was discovered in Flower Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Texas! After we succeeded in having the giant manta listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, learning about places with baby mantas is really important in order to continue to protect them!
#goodnews #mantaray #rays #oceans #StopExtinction #DefendersofWildlife #naturephotography #naturelovers #natureonly #natureshots#naturegram #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeaddicts #animals #animallovers #animallover #animalsofinstagram #instaanimal #animalsofig


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#Repost @lionrecovery Conservation isn't easy, but we are thrilled when we can share success stories thanks to your support and the work of our grantees. LRF grantee @africanparksnetwork has had massive success taking highly-depleted protected areas in Malawi, like Liwonde National Park, and turning them into places abundant with wildlife. They've increased the number of elephants and cheetahs in Liwonde, and this year they incredibly reintroduced lions into the park. Thanks to their efforts and collaboration with the Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife, they're saving lions and bringing revenue and jobs into this region through tourism. In fact, CNN Travel recently named Malawi as a prime travel destination for summer 2018.
Photo by @petelindseyafrica #bigcats #lions #savelions #wildlifeconservation #tourism #lionconservation #africa #malawi


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Happy #fathersday! #Repost @wildlife.hd In dad's footsteps.
Photography by ©️ (Marc MOL). The pride male and his son climb atop a kopje to survey their kingdom on another glorious sunset in the Serengeti. #nature #malelion #carnivore #predator #lioncub #sunset #africaddict #sunsetsilhouette #king #african #wildlife


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#Repost @janegoodallinst We’re under ONE MONTH away from the FIRST EVER #worldchimpanzeeday this July 14th! How much do you really know about our closest living relatives? Did you know that they develop deep emotional bonds and can teach one another to use and make tools? Did you know that in 1900, there were estimated to be one million chimps in the wild? Did you know that today, there are less than 300,000? Did you know that all that separates us is a little over 1% of our DNA? Join us in celebrating #WorldchimpanzeeDay by standing up for our great apes cousins! Learn more link in bio. ALSO happy #fanartfriday! We 💚💚💚this illustration from @lyn_hui . For your chance to be featured tag #inspiredbyjane @janegoodallinst. | #chimpanzee #chimpanzees #chimps #conservation #janegoodall #drgoodall #drjanegoodall #chimpsanctuary #animallove #animalovers


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Sloths are slow-moving, tree-dwelling mammals found in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America. The main threats to the sloth are hunting, the illegal pet trade and loss of habitat due to logging and agriculture. LDF has been working to protect rainforests in Central and South America through the Quick Response Biodiversity Fund. Purchasing environmentally responsible forest products can help ensure sloths and their habitats will be protected for years to come.
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LDF is partnering with Porky Hefer on this project that uses eco-friendly art to bring attention to the issues impacting wildlife. Thank you to @SFAAdvisory and @SouthernGuild for bringing South African artist, Porky Hefer’s work to @DesignMiami/ Basel. Follow the link in bio to learn more about Porky’s work benefiting LDF’s mission to protect endangered species. Follow the link in bio to learn more. @HeferPorky


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Orangutans, whose name means “people of the forest,” are found only in the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Due to deforestation from the palm oil, timber and pulp industries, their habitat has declined by eighty percent in the last 20 years. In 2017, LDF launched the Leuser Ecosystem Action Fund to support organizations working to protect this critically endangered species. Avoiding products with palm oil will help support the survival of this great ape.
----------------------- LDF is partnering with Porky Hefer on this project that uses eco-friendly art to bring attention to the issues impacting wildlife. Thank you to @SFAAdvisory and @SouthernGuild for bringing South African artist, Porky Hefer’s work to @DesignMiami/ Basel. Follow the link in bio to learn more about Porky’s work benefiting LDF’s mission to protect endangered species. Follow the link in bio to learn more. @HeferPorky


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The largest animal ever known to have existed, the endangered blue whale exists in all oceans except the Arctic. Populations plummeted during the 20th century due to commercial whaling, but despite an increase in numbers, they remain endangered. Main threats include whale strikes, entanglement in fishing nets, and climate change. LDF is working to mitigate climate change and protect ocean habitat critical to the survival of blue whales. Advocating for whale sanctuaries can help these animals survive.
----------------------- LDF is partnering with Porky Hefer on this project that uses eco-friendly art to bring attention to the issues impacting wildlife. Thank you to @SFAAdvisory and @SouthernGuild for bringing South African artist, Porky Hefer’s work to @DesignMiami/ Basel. Follow the link in bio to learn more about Porky’s work benefiting LDF’s mission to protect endangered species. Follow the link in bio to learn more @HeferPorky


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Great white sharks are top ocean predators and can be found in cool, coastal waters around the world. Although they have no known natural predators, they are threatened with extinction due to increased trade for shark products, unintended capture in commercial fisheries, and harmful culling policies. In 2016, LDF helped launched the Shark Conservation Fund to prevent extinctions and restore populations for all shark species, including the great white. To help save these magnificent animals, always refuse shark products and learn more about our efforts at www.sharkconservationfund.org.
----------------------- LDF is partnering with Porky Hefer on this project that uses eco-friendly art to bring attention to the issues impacting wildlife. Thank you to @SFAAdvisory and @SouthernGuild for bringing South African artist, Porky Hefer’s work to @DesignMiami/ Basel. Follow the link in bio to learn more about Porky’s work benefiting LDF’s mission to protect endangered species. Follow the link in bio to learn more. @HeferPorky


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