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Mattias A. Klum

Artist, NatGeo Fellow, photographer and filmmaker. Professional speaker. Environmentalist. WWF Ambassador. Artist duo Alexandrov Klum

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A couple of blacktip reef sharks patrolling a coral reef in Fiji’s Koro Sea. A scissortail fusilier looks a bit stressed between the approaching shark and my lens. No wonder! There are still about 500 species of shark in the world's oceans but at least 200 000 sharks are killed every day for the finning- and shark liver oil industry. Many species are now on the brink and by ridding the oceans of the sharks we destabilize resilient and strong ecosystems that truly support life as we know it! #sharks #protect #support #biodiversity #protectbiodiversity #ecosystem #ocean #conservation #nikonambassadors @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeo @thephotosociety



A mixed look of insecurity and appeasement from this gorgeous African Wild dog, one of my favorite predators, Selous, Tanzania. Among the best hunters in Africa, wild dogs (or painted dogs) have a higher kill rate than lions and can take down antelope that weigh as much as 225 kilos (500 pounds). They are notorious for a grisly efficiency that has made some people fear and hate them, if not shoot them on sight. This beautiful apex predator is important in its ecosystem and needs to be respected and protected! African wild dogs hunt in successful cooperative packs of 6 to 24 animals. Larger packs were more common before the dogs became endangered. #wilddog #doglovers #mattiasklum #tanzania #predator #africa #painteddog #protectbiodiversity #conservation #wwf #iucn @natgeo @thephotosociety @alexandrovklumofficial @irisalexandrov


I photographed this female Asiatic lion on her kill in the Gir Forest National Park, India for @natgeo . It took me a year and a half to get a special permit to explore the entire Gir Forest—and really no time at all to see why these lions became symbols of royalty and greatness. Most people might think of lions as strictly African cats, but ten thousand years ago lions spanned vast sections of the globe, and so did obviously people, who—as we multiplied and got increasingly organized—put immense pressure on competitors at the top of the food chain. Now lions hold only a small fraction of their former habitat, and Asiatic lions, a genetically separate subspecies that split from African lions perhaps 100,000 years ago, hang on to an almost impossibly small slice of their former domain. India is the proud steward of these 400 or so lions, which live primarily in this 560-square-mile (1,450-square-kilometer) sanctuary in Gujarat. We must not forget to protect Asia's Last Lions and big cats everywhere! Please support @wwf and @wwfsverige . Please check out our new flow @alexandrovklumofficial following the work of our artist duo #throwback #asiaticlion #gir #gujarat #assignment #savethebigcats #conservation #india #mattiasklum #nikonambassadors #stoppoaching #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @irisalexandrov @thephotosociety


While scuba diving in the Galapagos islands you can easily bumb in to marine iguanas like this one. The marine iguana can be found only on the Galápagos Islands and it has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to forage in the sea, making it a marine reptile. These cool reptiles are sometimes dangerously cold after grazing algae at dephts down to nearly 10 meters (30 or more feet). #galapagos #cool #cold #mattiasklum #photooftheday #adaptation #darwin #marineiguana #conservation #protectouroceans #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial


I posted a picture from Iceland this morning (now erased) but just now got the news from my friends @sea_legacy that Icelandic whalers once again ruthlessly are killing endangered fin whales! @sea_legacy @natgeo @wwf @wwfsverige @alexandrovklumofficial


Early morning in Malaysia's Danum Valley, one of the most remarkable rainforest environments in the world! With this short sequence from a film we produced called "The Testament of Tebaran" I want celebrate #worldorangutanday . I've really been lucky to work in many incredible places and Danum with its ancient rainforest and mindboggling biodiversity is hard to beat! In fact Borneo, as an island, provides habitat for about 15,000 known species of flowering plants, and more than 3,000 tree species, 221 terrestrial mammal species, and 420 bird species. But these unique places need to be protected and cared for! Please support rainforest conservation and ethnic minorities globally! #borneo #biodiversity #science #conservation #rainforest #protectethnicminorities #danumvalley #nikonambassador #mattiasklum #awardwinning @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeo


Today is #worldlionday ! I took this photograph close to Mombo Camp in Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Lions aren’t just amazingly beautiful, they play a pivotal role in the food chain, helping to regulate numbers of the more dominant herbivore species, such as zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Without lions to control them, these species can out-compete other animals, causing their extinction and reducing biodiversity. By protecting a lion’s landscape, we’re helping the whole area to thrive, which doesn’t just benefit wildlife but the people who rely on local natural resources too. Lion population in Africa has declined by 43% in the past 20 years; unprecedented decline that scientists warn is unsustainable. #lions #africa #mombo #beauty #botswana #mattiasklum #gorgeous #savethebigcats #conservation #moremi #science @natgeo @natgeotravel @wwfsverige @alexandrovklumofficial @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov


Vamizi off the coast of Mozambique is home to some of the world’s oldest and most pristine coral reefs – a virtual wonderland of marine biodiversity. The Southern Equatorial Current meets the African continent here, bringing with it warm waters and an upwelling of rich nutrients. Sheltered by the coral reefs, the area is an undersea nursery, a critical breeding and birthing ground for hundreds of species of fish and marine mammals. Our documentary Vamizi - Cradle of Coral is now available to buy and rent on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo. #vamizi #saveourseas @oceanswithoutborders #saveouroceans #protectbiodiversity #privilege #livingthedream #mattiasklum #nikonambassadors @alexandrovklumofficial @irisalexandrov @natgeo @thephotosociety @tierragrandefilms


From one cat to another...Our family member, Norwegian Forest cat Inzaghi, about to stretch out on our wooden fence. Genetically not too far from the Big cats—like tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards—all members of the Pantherinae cat subfamily, which means they diverged from Inzaghi’s branch at least six million years ago. But if you watch all these majestic cats, big or small, closely enough, the similarities are not hard to spot. #shotwithmyphone #norwegianforestcat #savethebigcats #tiger #lion #leopard #protectbiodiversity #inzaghi #nikonambassadors #mattiasalexandrovklum @irisalexandrov @natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @alexandrovklumofficial


It’s not uncommon to get most clues to where this striped predator is located thanks to the alarm calls of animals like the Spotted deer, grey langurs and Sambar deer. When you manage to read nature around you your chances of seing things or even getting a photograph increases. This Bengal tiger in Kanha, India silently came out of the thickets only reveiled by some irritated langurs. After a century of decline, tiger numbers might finally be on the rise. At least 3,890 tigers remain in the wild and tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but much more work is needed to protect this species that’s still vulnerable to extinction. Today is actually #worldtigerday ! HELP SAVE THE TIGER by helping NGO’s like WWF and by spreading the message! #wwf #iucn #mattiasklum #save #tiger #globaltigerday #protect #love #nikonambassador #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov


Camping by the Rufiji river at night and falling asleep to the sounds of leopards, spotted hyenas, lions, owls, bushbabies and hippos is beyond great! @irisalexandrov and I wil be heading back to amazing Selous in Tanzania this fall leading a group of keen photographers in collaboration with @zoomphototours #rufijiriver #selous #tanzania #instagood #night #loveafrica #assignment #protectbiodiversity #mattiasklum #hyenas #nikonambassadors #hippos @natgeo @thephotosociety