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Photo from Wild New Zealand airing today at 4pm ET. // New Zealand's first sheep were set ashore by Captain Cook in 1773. At their peak in 1982, there were 22 sheep for every person in New Zealand. Nowadays, the numbers have fallen by a third and are now estimated at just over 7 sheep per person. (Photo credit: Nick Easton/BBC)
Photo from Africa’s Wild Side, airing today at 3pm ET // Botswana – Baboons are some of the world’s largest monkeys and they all live in Africa or Arabia.
Photo @jasonedwardsng Africa’s greatest predator, in my opinion, the African Wild Dog. Incredible stamina, frighteningly intelligent and amazing parents, whose puppies are trained for specific pack hunting roles from a very young age. This highly social dog is an apex predator, and also extremely endangered. Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images, prints and stories from my National Geographic assignments. #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #serengeti #wilddog
Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto The tiger temple in Kanchanaburi Thailand has been closed since 2016 but it is a cautionary tale of the illegal trade in wildlife and tigers. For years tourists from all over the world would pay to play, hug and take pictures with cubs like you see in this picture. What few knew was that behind the scenes these tigers were sold, traded and killed for their parts. Tigers are incredibly valued for their parts in China and several other states in East Asia. If you ever have the opportunity to play with and take photos with a tiger say no! You could be unknowingly supporting an operation that is involved in activities like that in the tiger temple. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more wildlife photos and stories 🐆🦁 . . . . . #tiger #tigers #tigertemple #cubs #illegal
Photo and video by @daisygilardini / Right now, polar bear moms and their newborn cubs are snuggled together in snow dens across the Arctic and are getting ready to emerge from the maternity dens. The denning period is the most vulnerable time in a polar bear’s life. In a warming Arctic, where gas development and other human activities expand in polar bear territories, it has never been so important to locate and protect these extremely sensitive areas. A recent study led by Dr. Tom S. Smith of Brigham Young University (27.02.2020) reveals that aerial forward-looking infrared (FLIR) surveys conducted by the oil-industry to locate maternal dens fails 55% of the time. FLIR can be an incredibly effective tool for research but weather conditions are critical for its success. Limitation on this technology suggests that denning mothers and cubs may be increasingly in harm’s way. More about new technologies in my next reel. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #PolarBearDay #SaveOurSeaIce #ProtectMomsAndCubs #TalkAboutIt #EnergyShift #ClimateHope #polarbear #churchill #wapusknationalpark #conservation
Photo by @amivitale // Baby orphaned elephants comfort one another at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya. These elephants are being cared for by members of the local Samburu community. “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us.” What’s happening at Reteti is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation, not only in the way humans relate to wild animals but also how we relate to one another. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale to learn more and get involved @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #bekindtoelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Video by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski - With razor sharp tusks, Common #WartHogs have 4 to 6 incisors that can grow up to nearly 1 foot in length. They’re used defense and foraging, often seen when they’re on their padded knees low to the ground. This particular male here charged me at the tail end of this clip giving me a serious spike in adrenaline while filming!
Photo from Great Barrier Reef, airing Tuesday at 6/5c. // Tiger Shark in the shallows off Raine Island. (Ragini Osinga)
Photo and video by @daisygilardini / In celebration of International Polar Bear Day/ Why is it so important to protect polar bear mothers with cubs? Polar bears’ reproductive rate is among the lowest of all mammals. Females reach maturity at the age of four- to five-years-old and usually give birth to two cubs. Mortality is high during the cubs’ first year of life and depends largely on the mother’s health. Cubs will stay with their mother for two and a half to three years. Bears can live anywhere from 20 to 30 years. That means a typical female will have five or six litters during her lifetime, of which two in three cubs will die within their first two years. With such a slow-to-reproduce animal, bad polar bear management could have dramatic consequences on their numbers. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #PolarBearDay #SaveOurSeaIce #ProtectMomsAndCubs #TalkAboutIt #EnergyShift #ClimateHope #polarbear #churchill #wapusknationalpark #conservation
Video @filipe_deandrade // Spotted Dolphins off the coast of Bahamas in all their glory. Its always interesting when an animal you're documenting becomes interested in you and begins to interact. This cheeky Dolphin kept photobombing me while the others carried on uninterested. It made for not just beautiful footage, but an even better life experience. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more pelagic adventures.
Photo from Swamp Lions, airing Monday at 9/8c. // Busanga Swamps, Zambia: Mother lioness sleeps in a tree.
Photo @jasonedwardsng Throughout Australia individuals, families, rangers, government funded entities, zoos and parks raise orphaned or injured wildlife for release back into the wild. Most people volunteer their time and donate their resources; exhibiting a passionate desire to maintain biological diversity in their local communities. With more and more vehicles traversing remote regions, conflict with wildlife becomes almost inevitable. Here a pair of Red Kangaroo joeys are being fed in their artificial pouches by a wildlife carer. Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #kangaroo #wildliferehab #australia
Photo 📸 @florianschulzvisuals Mother like daughter - no need to say more! 😉 Although it looks strange to see polar bears on red rocks, I photographed these mother and cub in the wild on the shores of the Hudson Bay in Canada. After the sea ice melted in summer, they swam to shore, where they would needed to await for the return of the ice, so they can head out to hunt for seals yet again. I watched them for several hours as they rested after their long 100km swim. Please follow me @florianschulzvisuals for more stories from the wild.
Photo by @amivitale / Fatu and Najin, daughter and mother, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet graze at @olpejeta conservancy in northern Kenya. These animals are on the brink of extinction but there is a bold plan to save them. the @biorescue_project, an international consortium of scientists and conservationists have already created five northern white rhino embryos made from oocytes (immature egg cells) harvested from Fatu and genetic material from deceased northern white rhino males. They are currently being held in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate southern white rhino mother in the near future. The species may still be saved from extinction. Dedicated people are key to saving these magnificent animals and habitats; it's important to channel all our energy, awareness, and financial support toward those dedicating their lives to changing the course we are on. It's hard work. Heartbreaking setbacks come with the territory, but we must not lose track of the incremental gains and the uplifting successes. Learn more about how you can support this ambitious plan to save these magnificent creatures by following @amivitale @biorescue_project and @olpejeta. @leibnizizw #Avantea, @kenyawildlifeservice @safariparkdvurkralove @tunajibu @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft @ministry_of_tourism_and_sports @thephotosociety @photography.for.good #kenya #NorthernWhiteRhinos #rhinos #saverhinos
Photo from Lion Kingdom, airing Monday at 7/6c // Ruaha National Park, Tanzania - Male leopard on the prowl in The Glade. (TMFS/Marc Mol)
Photo by @daisygilardini / A Grizzly bear just re-emerging from a river pool in Northern British Columbia. He looks very disappointed after loosing a fish... I really miss being in the field with bears. It always amazes me how expressive they can be! How would you title it? #conservation #grizzlybear #britishcolumbia #canada #brown bear
Photo from Africa’s Wild Side, airing Monday at 3pm ET // Mombo, Moremi National Park, Botswana -Two Black-Backed Jackal fight in a dried-out waterhole. (NHFU/William Steel)
Photo by @FlorianSchulzVisuals - When I look at this beautiful bald eagle, I see so much character and pride. No wonder it was made the national bird of the United States all the way back in 1782. It just has such a majestic look. I photographed this eagle in Alaska, where you find some of the largest eagles and the greatest abundance in the US. For a while, bald eagles were not doing so well and were on the brink of extinction. At the end of the 20th century, there were only 400 breeding pairs left in the lower 48. The widely used pesticide DDT accumulated in eagles and caused them to lay eggs with thinner shells that often broke, decimating the eagle population. Bald eagles received protection under the early version of the Endangered Species Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered a ban on the general use of DDT in 1972 and with several conservation efforts in parallel, bald eagles recovered until they were delisted in 2007 with around 10 000 breeding pairs. It is so important that federal agencies like the EPA take environmental threats seriously and have the tools to protect wildlife and our environment. It is wonderful to see stories where we can turn things around! Please follow me @FlorianSchulzVisuals for more stories about wildlife and conservation.
Photo by @journeying_justin // This male bighorn sheep takes a short break in between knocking skulls with other bighorn rams. These incredible animals will sprint at one another at 20 miles per hour before clashing together. The bigger and stronger male typically lands more of a wallop on contenders and as a result, gets to breed with the females. Follow @journeying_justin for more wildlife stories. #natgeo #natgeowild #wildlife
Photo by @daisygilardini | Arctic foxes are very well adapted to survive extremely cold environments. Their white winter coat is the perfect camouflage. Their short ears, short nose and furry soles have also been adapted to cope with such an extreme environment. In spring, their colour changes to brown/grey, to adapt to the colour palette of their new environment. During my last expedition to Svalbard, we had a close encounter with this beautiful fox just as its fur coat was starting to change colour. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #fox #arcticfox #polar #Svalbard #wildlifephotography #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal
Photo from Dr. Oakley, a mini marathon airing today starting at 3pm ET // Haines Junction, YT, Canada: Horse stands in front of a mountain top view. (Photo credit: © National Geographic Channels / Eric Stalzer) #YukonVet
Photo @jasonedwardsng A Category 5 cyclone shredded the rainforest canopy like a giant wielding a scythe. Trees lay naked stripped of their leaves or smashed to splinters against the mountainsides. On a humid, grey afternoon a colony of Green Tree Ants were rebuilding their colony nest with whatever foliage they could find. Silhouetted against a leaden sky they worked tirelessly in unison. The smaller workers known as ‘minors’ stitching together leaves using the silk produced by their larvae. Simultaneously, the larger workers known as ‘majors’ adopted a soldier ant role guarding the perimeter. Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #weaverant #australia #ant
Photo by @sandesh_kadur // Unlike their rosetted cousins – the African leopard, lions aren't skilled at climbing trees. However, lions in a few parts of Africa have been observed climbing trees and resting on large branches. Researchers theorize that this may be a behavioural adaptation in order to escape from the scorching savannah heat , biting insects &/or maybe even get a better vantage point while hunting. Follow me @sandesh_kadur as I journey to capture stories of our nature from around the world. #lions #bigcats #africa #wildlifeofAfrica #Africanwildlife #africanlions #mammalwatching #bigcatsofinstagram
Photo by @filipe_deandrade // I met this charismatic Bottlenose Dolphin calf in the unbelievably clear waters of Turks and Caicos while on assignment for Nat Geo. A creature this beautiful deserves his own IG handle...welp, now he's got it @dreamerthedolphin the Dolphins on the islands of Turks and Caicos prove that respectful interactions with wild creatures where they get to decide the time spent together is possible. Pretty much eliminating the need for captive Dolphinariums. Wild, and free...the only way to be. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.
Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto “Smasher” is what I nicknamed this young tiger! He came and swatted my camera trap in the water at a small watering hole in #kaziranga national park India. This is an outtake from one sequence when the two tigers came very close and actually bumped into and sniffed my camera trap! Camera traps help me to get closer to animals than I could ever dream of in the field in person, and with the help of an invisible infrared beam, the tigers take selfies of themselves! Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more tiger pictures 🐅 . . . . . #tiger #tigers #kaziranga #india #indianwildlife #trailcam #cameratrap #beauty
Photo from Anaconda: Silent Killer, airing today at 6/5c. // An anaconda in Guyana. The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world, when both weight and length are considered. It can reach a length of 30 feet (9 meters) and weigh up to 550 pounds (227 kilograms).
Photo by @daisygilardini / The background in an image can be as important as the subject itself. When I’m in the field, I often look for a good background before even looking for my subject. Sometimes, though, the background is simply dull and ugly. What to do? One option is to leave the scene and try and find another one. If the subject can’t be moved, though, or is not cooperating, there are other ways to work around it. I love dogs. During a recent visit to a remote village in Greenland, when I found this pack of working dogs, my heart melted. The dogs were chained along the sides of a small, muddy creek. One side was lit by sunshine, while the other side was in the shade. I started working the sunlit side but soon realized the background was unusable. I then turned to the shady side and noticed that, depending on the movement of the dogs, occasionally the sun would light up their faces. By underexposing two stops I managed to get rid of the background and highlight the dog’s beautiful eyes. In post-production, I darkened the shadows and enhanced the highlights. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #greenland #sleddog #wildlifephotography
Photo from Pristine Seas, airing today at 8/7c // A photogenic sea lion. (National Geographic Society/Manu San FÈlix) #PristineSeas
Photo by @journeying_justin // Look at this adorable ball of lions. These lion cubs spend most of their day playing with one another and climbing all over mom. These moments are incredibly important in the development of these younglings because it helps them learn to hunt. Male lion cubs will stick around with the pride untill they are about two years old whereas female cubs will stay with the pride their whole lives. Follow @journeying_justin for more wildlife stories. #natgeowild #natgeo #bigcat
Video by @bertiegregory // Two male polar bears spar on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. I knew polar bears were big, but it wasn’t until they stood up during this fight that I realised just how big. The biggest bears can stand 3m/10ft tall! Despite the aggression these bears showed during this scrap, soon after they were laying on the ground nuzzling one another. During the Autumn when polar bears gather at the water’s edge waiting for the ocean to freeze up, male bears will often pair up with a sparring buddy. These relationships can last days or even weeks as they rest, fight and play together. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #polarbear #arctic #wildlife #animals
Photo by @russ_wildlife || There are estimated to be around 7,000 cheetahs left in the wild – their future remains uncertain but with reserves like @tigercanyon_sa and the conservation efforts with @endangeredwildlifetrust that these animals iconic animals have a fighting chance for survival.
Photo by @daisygilardini / White terns are normally monogamous. They mate with the same partner for life, and return to the same nesting site every year. Before mating, the couple engage in a series of ritual aerial displays, which includes preening and feeding. They do not build a nest actually but rather balance a hatched egg on a branch or other bare surface and incubate it by balancing it on their feet. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #hawaii #birdphotography #tern #whitetern #conservation
Photo from The Giant Robber Crab, airing Monday at 2pm ET. // After having spent months in the open ocean, the red mini crabs enter the shores of Christmas Island.
Photo 📷 by @stevewinterphoto If you ever have the chance to take a selfie with a big cat say no! The illegal wildlife trade which big cats form a big part of is worth between 7-23USD$ billion annually! I photographed these jaguars being used as selfie props in #cancun Mexico. Remember big cats used in these operations will never be released back into the wild. Follow me @stevewinterphoto for more big cat photos 🐆🦁 . . . . . #jaguar #bigcat #selfie #cruelty #wildlifetourism #stopthetrade
Photo 📸 by @florianschulzvisuals In late fall I hiked up into the higher elevations in Yellowstone National Park, where whitebark pines grow. In one spot, the calls of Clark’s Nutcrackers and ravens filled the air. Suddenly I heard a thicker branch snap and as I took a closer look, a family of black bears was harvesting the whitebark pine nuts in the trees. The mother bear and two cubs climbed up tree after tree in search of the nutritious pine nuts. Before hibernation, this food is very important to both black and grizzly bears! I just sat down and watched them several hours how they went about their business. They knew I was there and were not worried about my presence, allowing me to get some beautiful images of this bear family in their wintery environment. Seeing all this life erupt around these tree stands underlined for me, how important the whitebark pine is in this high alpine ecosystem. The trees are a key in the puzzle of bear survival – and that of many other species. Unfortunately, the pine trees are struggling with a warming climate, dying of blister rust, or not producing healthy crops. It shows us yet again, how all in nature is interconnected. Please follow me @florianschulzvisuals for more stories from the wild!
Photo @jasonedwardsng There are moments in documenting wildlife where the scene calls for a wider treatment to illustrate the animal in its landscape. The result can at times appear like a landscape image, however if the animal or animals are positioned appropriately a broader story can be told. A lone tree on a broad alpine lake will always attract bird life as a safe place to roost. A closeup of the duck is nice, but the overall scene tells us more about the bird and it’s habitat. It’s important to connect people with the ecosystem and the wildlife it supports. Please join me @jasonedwardsng for fine art prints, images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. #natgeoexpeditions #jasonedwardsng #newzealand #birdphotography #lessismore
Photo 📷 by @alexbraczkowski A lioness rests upon a termite mound on Uganda’s Kasenyi plains. With small cubs suckling her, she left her cubs in a small lantana bush and took a few moments to herself. This lioness represents one of the Uganda Carnivore Programs most intensively monitored females and is crucial to the recovery of lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Follow me @alexbraczkowski as I post more images from my recent @natgeowild assignment on these incredible cats 🦁 . . . . . #portrait #animalportrait #catportrait #catloversclub #lion #lioness #uganda
Photo from Pristine Seas, airing Monday at 8/7c. // A tortoise eating grass. (National Geographic Society/Neil Gelinas)