Photograph by @brentstirton | Poachers killed this black rhinocerous for its horn with high-caliber bullets at a water hole in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. They entered the park illegally, likely from a nearby village, and are thought to have used a silenced hunting rifle. Once the most numerous rhino species, black rhinos are now critically endangered due to poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horn, one of the world’s most corrupt illegal wildlife networks.
@brentstirton was awarded the prestigious @nhm_wpy Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 title for this compelling image taken on assignment for @natgeo. Brent’s image will be on display with other images selected by an international panel of judges at the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the @natural_history_museum in London. #WPY53
Photo by @chamiltonjames \ Charlie Hamilton James. A rabbit bounds through a camera trap near Big Piney, Wyoming. The camera trap was set up to photograph animals moving through the sage brush desert - specifically for bobcats. I generally leave the cameras out for months in order to get images of as many different species as possible. Yesterday I checked this camera and I've clearly set it up in an area very popular with rabbits and not bobcats as I seem to have hundreds of images of them. Shot on assignment for @natgeo
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan sleep on the ground of an abandoned warehouse where they took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees#muhammedmuheisen
Video by @joelsartore | Northern white-faced owls like this one at the @cincinnatizoo are native to dry woodland forests and the scattered trees in the savannah of Northern and Central Africa. When encountering a large predator in nature, these owls will attempt to blend in with their environment by pulling their feathers inward and narrowing their eyes to slits in order to appear more like a broken tree branch. However, if they are approached by a creature their own size or just slightly larger, they will spread their wings wide in hopes that their enlarged appearance will scare their attacker away.
Owls’ eyes are fixed in position so they are unable to move them like humans can. In situations where an owl needs to analyze its surroundings, their extremely flexible necks compensate for their lack of eye movement. Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees around and almost upside down in order to check its surroundings.
Photo by @kirstenluce. Colombian tour operators such as On Vacation bring their guests to Monkey Island (Isla de los Micos) where you can be photographed with the dozens of small monkeys who live there. The monkeys are not native to this island and were brought here solely for tourists' enjoyment. To read more about animal exploitation in the Amazon, look for the article on natgeo.com.
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
Fish sweep over a garden of hard corals on a seamount in a remote part of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Coral is susceptible to changes in seawater temperature and salinity, and presently nearly half of the ocean’s shallow corals have been degraded or killed. Creating large marine protected areas that keep ecosystems intact and resilient has helped combat these adverse effects. Marine conservation equals climate stability.
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Photo by @christian_foto ( Christian Rodriguez )
View of San Francisco Bay salt.
Since 1854, salt is one of San Francisco’s largest industries, with over 80% of its wetlands developed for salt mining. The salt ponds cover over 16,500 acres, most of which was owned by Cargill, Inc., an international food production and marketing company. In 2003, Cargill, Inc. sold 15,100 acres of the ponds to state and federal agencies, as well as private foundations, who are now in the process of restoring the land to its pristine tidal wetland beginnings.
Photo by @FransLanting Palm trees dot a savanna in southern Madagascar. Once this great island supported an amazing cast of animal characters from pygmy hippos to giant tortoises with lemurs the size of gorillas and flightless elephant birds mixed in. They disappeared after humans colonized Madagascar some two thousand years ago. In many ways Madagascar is a microcosmos of our planet in peril. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from this remarkable Island.
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A young native crosses White Clay Creek, which flows through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The eighth-largest Indian Reservation, Pine Ridge is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
Image by @joelsartore | The Pallas Long-tongued bat from @HoustonZoo is the star of this #pollinatormonday and can be found from Northern Mexico all the way to Paraguay and Argentina. This little bat is thought to have the fastest metabolism of all mammals, similar to that of the hummingbird. In a single day, this bat can use up to 50% of its stored fat! The Pallas long-tongued bat earned its name for one reason: it has a specially evolved tongue that makes collecting nectar a breeze. When the bat extends its tongue, blood rushes into the area and expands special hair-like barbs on the bat's tongue, causing these barbs to stand upright. The barbs function like a mop and allow the bat to pull a great amount of nectar into its mouth in a very short amount of time, making it a highly efficient snacker. Indeed, it lives almost entirely off of nectar and pollen but is known to eat pieces of fruit and insects as well. Its quest for nectar results in the transport of a great amount of pollen from one flower to the next on its fur and snout, allowing it to pollinate as many as 34 different species of fruits and flowers. Many plant species also rely on this bat for seed dispersal when they pass through the droppings, allowing reseeding that's automatically fertilized in the process.
Photo by @petekmuller. While on assignment for @natgeo in Kenya’s Masai Mara, I witnessed the rescue of a young, male elephant calf. He’d been separated from his herd and, alone on the savanna, was vulnerable to predators. Park officials launched a rescue operation that was inspiring, chaotic and comedic at once. Here, we see the team attempting to subdue the calf before transporting him safely to an orphanage in Nairobi. Wary of risks related to over-sedation, the veterinary team was conservative in its dosage. For more on the operation, Check out my full dispatch on @natgeo and follow me @petekmuller. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/09/elephant-rescue-pete-muller/
Photo: @andy_mann // An expressive Oceanic Whitetip Shark off the coast of Cat Island, Bahamas. Assessed as Critically Endangered in the Western Central Atlantic due to enormous declines in their population, some studies show a decline of over 99% in the last 30 years. For three years I've been working in the Bahamas with great organizations and biologists to tag and track pregnant female Whitetips, in hopes of learning where this evasive, pelagic shark goes to give birth. It is an absolute honor to be the water this this amazing shark. If we can find and protect their nursing grounds maybe we can help save this species from extinction. // #followme @andy_mann to see a frightening moment when I was suddenly startled at the surface by an unseen Whitetip.
Photo by @williamalbertallard
In 1986 I made my first effort to photograph Paris as an essay called “The Sidewalks of Paris,” for National Geographic Traveler magazine. In the Latin Quarter I made this image of some street artists, some quick portrait sketchers, taking a cigarette break. The warm palette of the image is due to late afternoon sun falling on a collage of posters, old and new, some torn and casting shadows that add to the texture of the wall. A 1986 French-Canadian film called “Anne Trister” echoes itself across the image and forming the top of a triangle above the two artists is the American actor James Cagney, an iconic gangster in films of the 1930s and 40s.
Video by @bertiegregory. Glassfish pulsating in a cave in the northern Red Sea, Egypt. The diversity (the number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. It is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! Coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? Well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!