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Photo by @FransLanting Ground mist softens contours at dawn in a Brazilian grassland dotted with palm trees. This is the domain of one of the strangest animals I have worked with yet; the fabled giant anteater. Go to @FransLanting for a close up view of this miraculous creature and follow @Christine Eckstrom for more wonders of the natural kind. @ThePhotoSociety #Brazil #EmasNationalPark #Anteater #Cerrado #Savanna


Video by @amivitale. Happy 2nd Anniversary Reteti! To celebrate, mud hole fun for everyone. Here, Shaba tries to playfully squish Nadasoit. Nadasoit arrived at Reteti when she was only 2-weeks-old. As she began to get stronger, she became one of the first orphans that proxy matriach Shaba took under her wing. Shaba was constantly with Nadasoit and Nadasoit was constantly with Shaba. Today, now that Nadasoit's a big strong 2-year-old elephant, she's adopted the nurturing traits of Shaba, and both constantly care for and help those younger than they are. It has been an amazing privilege to witness Nadasoit's transformation, the transformation of Shaba and Nadasoit's relationship and the transformation of Reteti as it has gone from being a tiny refuge for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves to a world renowned facility that has helped rescue and nurture more than 34 elephant calves while drving the growth of all important community based conservation throughout northern Kenya in just two short years. Thank you for following along on this journey and supporting Reteti every step of the way. Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Happy Sea Otter Awareness week! These amazing creatures play a vital role in nearshore ecosystems around the world. I found this one on the West Coast of British Columbia, happily doing its thing. Sea otters use rocks to dislodge and open shells, they will even keep their own favourite rock, which they use time and time again for this task. They’ve also got a loose pouch of skin under their forelegs, which they use to store food while they continue to dive and forage. Similar to humpbacks, otters were hunted almost to extinction, but an international ban on hunting and a robust effort at conservation has seen them make a remarkable comeback. It’s just one more reminder that we can correct our human errors if we care enough to make real changes in policy. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to see more beautiful wildlife and discover the threats many species face. #Awareness #Conservation #SeaOtter


Photo by @pedromcbride | Working around the coast of northern Kenya involves the challenges of limited access with few roads and infrastructure. @nrt_kenya employees rely on small aircraft, which can land on beaches, dirt runways, fields or even roads to help bring diverse communities together to improve security, education and the conservation of wildlife and habitat across the region. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #kenya #flight #conservation #nature #Africa #beach


Photo by @renan_ozturk // The thing about Nepal isn’t always about the Himalayas, the glory of the highest peaks on earth. For me it’s in the quite hillside moments in between. #nepaliloveyou


Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Marine biologists studying seagrass in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Sea grass, which forms the primary habitat and food for dugongs, turtles, and many fishes, is being killed off by warming sea water. Current climate models predict that these marine heat waves will only increase in frequency. To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz


Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // A young Bajau sea gypsy boy waits for his father to come up for air while spearfishing below the surface. The Bajau Laut sea gypsies of the Celebes Sea are some of the last sea-faring gypsies on the planet and are a fascinating people. They are known for their extraordinary biological adaptations of being able to see underwater and for developing larger spleens, similar to those found in marine mammals that help them dive at greater depths. In recent years, their traditional ways of life have been under threat as local governments have imposed some hard cultural reforms on the Bajau. Primarily pressuring them to create permanent settlements on land. While some have succumbed to the pressures, others are still fighting to preserve their traditional nomadic lifestyles. #Followme @jodymacdonaldphoto to see more travel images from around the world. @natgeocreative #nomads #seagypsies


Photo by @jessicasamplegram // Hanoi is a city full of balanced chaos like this photo of a delivery man carrying several large flower displays on his scooter. The streets of Hanoi are flooded with 5 million motorbikes carrying everything from live animals, wares to sell, and families five people deep. This all could soon change as the city is planning to ban the popular but polluting bikes by 2030 to help ease traffic congestion and air pollution. #hanoi #vietnam


Photo by @taylorglenn // Sunrise this morning at the iconic Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. ‘Magic Hour’ truly delivered today. It was perfectly still, elk bugled in the distance, a skein of geese flew past on their journey south, and these amazing clouds and light created wonderful hues across the landscape. What a great way to start the day! Follow @taylorglenn for more from #Wyoming and beyond. #fall #tetons #landscape #magichour #jacksonhole @grandtetonnps


Photos by @babaktafreshi The World at Night project Night reminds some people of dark colorless eerie environment but it’s a whole world of wonders. It’s easy to become acquainted with the night. This scene that I photographed last month in the Sierras might remind you of a dark forest fiction with walking tree giants, specially when you notice the face profile on the bigger tree and a waving hand on the other one! Swipe left for a wider angle view. Follow me @babaktafreshi for more stories under stars. #twanight #nightphotography #astrophotography #darkforest #sierranevada @natgeocreative


Photo by @FransLanting A lone visitor stands at the edge of infinity where earth, sky and universe join in the immensity of Botswana’s Makgadigadi pans. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more views of wild Africa. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Botswana #Safari #Photography #Twilight #Infinity


Photograph by @PaulNicklen // An adult emperor penguin waddles through a maze of baby chicks as it returns from the sea with a belly full of food for its chick. When one considers the size of these colonies, it's mind-blowing that this bird can identify its own chick from the hundred thousand other hungry baby chicks. While the adults are out at sea gathering krill and fish to feed their young, the chicks move great distances and every chick thinks that this could be their parent. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to find out how an adult penguin is able to find its offspring through all of this chaos. #nature #Antarctica #penguin