Nat Geo WILD is a network all about animals & nature from National Geographic.
Nat Geo WILD is a network all about animals & nature from National Geographic.
Photo by @Shannon__Wild // This is a very special post about the very little known and most trafficked mammal in the world! It’s estimated that 1 Pangolin is taken from the wild every 5 minutes!! Ever since I was a kid and read about the strange looking mammal covered in scales like a reptile, I've been desperate to see one for myself. Once I moved to Africa the desire was only fuelled by the stories of rangers I met along the way, ones that had seen them and ones that still, even after decades in the field, hadn't had the privilege. So you have an idea of the true magnitude of this photo and how incredibly thankful I was to finally have the opportunity to see, meet and photograph one, thanks to the amazing team at @andbeyondphinda led by @simonjamesnaylor in association with the @africanpangolinconservation with a HUGE thank you to @lenosierra ! I’m not going to lie … once we finished shooting and the reality of the experience truly hit me, I cried. Tears of utter happiness from the experience, tears of grief at the challenges these beautiful helpless creatures face as mans greed forces them toward extinction. Want to know more about Pangolin? These nocturnal animals eats ants and termites and are actually quite picky with their choice of species so will spend hours foraging from mound to mound which they dig open with their powerful front claws. The mains threats for Pangolin (also known as Scaly Anteaters ) is habitat loss and poaching. They are in huge demand for their body parts and scales for bushmeat, medicinal purposes and superstitious value in Africa, China and Vietnam. Follow me @Shannon__Wild for more photos and videos of wildlife from around the world where I also share my camera settings for budding photographers.
Photo @jasonedwardsng 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, a glimpse of alien life, your worst nightmare, or one of the most fascinating biological Orders on Earth? Octopuses and other Cephlapods evoke deep emotions in people but I find them simple wonderful! . Their exquisite intelligence is high on my list of admirable features and their ability to problem solve is legendary. Don’t be afraid, be in awe of these soft bodied denizens who have traversed the depths of the worlds oceans for Millenia. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. . #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #octopus #underwaterphotography #australia #cephalopod
Photo by @daisygilardini | Arctic hares live in the tundra biome, above the tree line, and are mainly herbivorous. As with many other cold climate animals, their body is well adapted to cope with extreme temperatures. They have a relatively low surface-area-to-volume ratio. Compared to other hares, they have shorter legs and ears and a stockier body, Even though 20% of their body mass is fat for insulation, what really keep them warm is their thick fur. More southerly populations change colour to a blue-grey in the summer, in order to camouflage themselves with their surroundings, while northern populations stay white year round. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #hare #arctichare #churchill #manitoba #canada
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Photo 📸 by @alexbraczkowski Rolling into this Monday like this lioness! I got this shot of her yawning just before she climbed down from this fig tree in the Ishasha region of Uganda. I have always wondered why these lions don’t just sleep in the trees (like leopards sometimes do ). The tree climbing behaviour of these lions is becoming increasingly common across much of Africa, and there are now several prides in Serengeti Tanzania who are doing it (big prides of >15 cats ) adding to Lake Manyara and Queen Elizabeth. Follow me @alexbraczkowski for more shots and facts about the world’s big cats 🦁 . . . . . #monday #lioness #lionking #lion #yawn #anotherweek #lazy #lazymonday #africa #uganda #beauty
Photo by Daisy Gilardini |King penguins aren’t picky eaters exactly, but they’re very specific about what they hunt and catch. They eat small schooling fish like lantern (myctophids ) fish year-round, especially during breeding season. When the weather grows colder, they eat more ice fish and cephalopds — molluscs, octopus and squid — to supplement their winter diet. Natural predators include leopard seals and orcas, which in part explains their unique colouring. Penguins are diurnal — that is, they hunt during the day, when the ocean surface is likely to be brightly lit. When viewed from below, their white bellies appear to blend in with the water’s surface. Viewed from above, their black backs seem to disappear into the ocean’s depths. Their“formal wear” tuxedo-like appearance isn’t just for show, in other words. It’s about survival. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #volunteerpoint #falklandislands #penguin #kingpenguin #sunrise #wildlifephotography #conservation
Video @filipe_deandrade // Have you ever tango'd with a two-ton calf? Its exhilarating. Humpback Whale babies gain strength and endurance by playing and breaching, a necessary and important part of their young lives. Because they can migrate across continents its important that they build up strength early on. They will also encounter hundreds of new species and quickly learn who is friend or foe. This young male was rambunctious and excited when we arrived to film him and his mom. He swam right up to me then barrel rolled underneath me barely missing my @reddigitalcinema with his tail. These are the kinds of moments you live for as a wildlife filmmaker, gaining the animals trust and allowing them to behave freely in your presence. Filmed while out with @mooreaoceanadventures follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.
Photo @jasonedwardsng Jaguar are powerful and elusive. They inhabit a variety of habitats across a vast range of the Americas, and they are often unknown as the apex predator of a region. I had the great privilege of working with Jaguar for many years on a conservation breeding program. They were engaging and intelligent, one of those species you most definitely did not want to make an error with, forgetting a facility lock was not an option! . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. . #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #jaguar #brazil #bigcat
Photo by @ladzinski | At mere months old, a newly born female #giraffe grooming herself in the early morning hours. Baby giraffes are commonly known as a “Jenny” and they’re pretty adorable to watch move around with their extra long legs. To see more photos of African wildlife please visit @ladzinski
Video by @russ_wildlife || Did you know that you are looking at one of only three free roaming white lions in the wild, this feisty little lady belongs to @andbeyondngala Birmingham pride. Follow @russ_wildlife for more moments in the wild with @andbeyondtravel on our latest assignment. #lion #wildlife #onassignment
Video @filipe_deandrade // This Humpback Whale calf will spend almost every minute next to his moms side for over a year. She teaches him how to breathe, avoid danger and even navigate the open ocean. Little is known about the intimate details of these magnificent animals lives, but if you're lucky enough to make eye contact with one...your life is never the same. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures. #worthmorealive
Photo by @amivitale // A lion who was released relaxes in a remote region of a 4,500 square kilometer Zambeze Delta area of Mozambique. A hundred years ago, there were over 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, leading researchers estimate the population to be 20,000 or less, with lions now extinct in 26 African countries. Mozambique's wildlife was decimated by the country's civil war and subsequent poaching in the last 20 years. This ecosystem has made a remarkable recovery except for its lions. This lion was part of an ambitious introduction of 24 lions from South Africa, the largest international translocation ever undertaken. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years and may come to represent a full 10% of the world's wild lion population within 20 years. Already, 20 cubs have been born. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lionrelocation was pulled off." @twentyfourlions @zambezedeltaconservation @ivan carter @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @photog for.good #protectearth #conservation #earth #lions #savelions #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #mozambique #photojournalism #amivitale #photographyforgood
Photo by @daisygilardini | Female polar bear reach sexual maturity between 4- and 5-years-old. Males reach maturity later, and begin mating when 8- to 10-years-old. Mating season is generally in April and May, but delayed implantation — embryonic diapause — means that fetal development will not begin until September or October. The delay assures that the cub is born during the best time of year for survival. It allows the female time to reach peak physical condition for giving birth, which in turn allows her to devote all her energy to nurse her newborn cubs. If the mother is not in good health or doesn’t have sufficient fat reserves, embryonic implantation will fail. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #bear #polarbear #wapusknationalPark #manitoba #canada #wildlifephotography
Photo by @journeying_justin || This brown fur seal is hanging out at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve where thousands of fur seals gather to bark, burp and bite at each other. These animals are fantastic hunters and can dive down as deep as 700 feet to find food, which is typically fish, squid and crustaceans. On beaches as crowded as Cape Cross, seals are able to distinguish between individuals based on their unique vocalizations. . Follow @journeying_justin for more wildlife content. #natgeowild #seals #namibia #skeletoncoast
Video 🎥 by @alexbraczkowski A large black-maned African lion looks out from the fork of a large sycamore fig tree in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Large, impressive manes like the one found on this male lion are rare for populations lying on the equator. A lions mane carries incredible metabolic costs, mainly in that it makes the male hot! But it is an important sexual signal to females (lionesses LOVE dark maned males more than their lighter counterparts ). It isn’t unusual to find male lions near the equator to have significantly smaller manes than lions elsewhere. Some male lions in Tsavo National Park, Kenya don’t have manes at all! Follow me @alexbraczkowski for more facts bout the conservation and biology of the world’s big cats 🦁🐯 . . . . . #lion #lionking #mane #gorgeous #kingofthejungle #lions #bigcats #catsofinstagram #catgram #cats #wildcats #uganda
Photo by @ladzinski | Eye to eye with a #kudu - a large antelope found throughout eastern and Southern Africa. These beautiful animals are easily identified by their distinctive stripes and males with their large spiraled horns and beards. I photographed this bull here in the Kalahari Desert at sunrise. To see more photos or African animals please visit @ladzinski
Video @filipe_deandrade // For this Humpback Whale calf, the ocean is her playground. #worthmorealive
Photo by @daisygilardini | The Kermode bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. Due to a unique recessive gene, this subspecies of the American black bear has white or cream-coloured fur. No more than 400 to 1,000 individuals are believed to remain. They’re unique to the Great Bear Rainforest, a 400 km (250 mile ) corridor of temperate rain forest along Canada’s west coast. This unique ecosystem, where everything is interdependent, needs protection. Salmon are the natural link that connects the forest to the ocean, through their cyclical spawning seasons. Bears will catch a fish and then drag it into the forest to eat. Birds and other mammals feed on the remains. Marine nutrients, together with the bear’s droppings, help fertilize the forest soil. As conservation photographers it is our duty to capture the beauty of places and species at risk, and raise awareness trough the universal power of the images we capture. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #bear #spiritbear #kermodebear #greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia
Photo by @russ_wildlife || Who knows what animal this is? Only clue is that what you are looking at is the most trafficked animal in the world! Taken on assignment at @andbeyondphinda Follow @russ_wildlife for more moments in the wild and to find out more about the @africanpangolinconservation #endangered #wildlife #onassignment
Photo by @amivitale // Zebras run through the Zambezi Delta. Wildlife in this area was virtually decimated by years of civil war. A chance purchase of a concession and dedicated investments in anti-poaching measures by @zambezedeltaconservation made the land welcoming again to wild animals. Zebra populations went from almost zero to many hundreds. Today, nearly all wildlife have come back virtually to capacity, with the exception of the apex predators. So the team orchestrated the largest international translocation ever undertaken. 24 lions were transported from South Africa to the conservancy. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, Already, 20 cubs have been born. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off." @twentyfourlions @zambezedeltaconservation @photog for.good @ivan carter @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #zebra #zebras #nature #wildlife #stoppoaching #mozambique #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo @jasonedwardsng Beneath a midnight sun, a pod of Minke Whale surface through a hole in the Antarctic sea ice at 3am. Repeatedly rising and falling, cascading over one another and sending blows into the frigid air, it seemed like boisterous play that echoed off the cracking ice. . I sat alone at the bottom of the world mesmerised by the beauty and wonder unfolding before me. It was nothing less than a wondrous gift, a feast for the mind and the soul. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. . #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #antarctica #climatechange #whale #naturesgift
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | On my first free dive off of the island of San Cristobal, I encountered this beautiful sea turtle. I thought that like so many other sea turtles I have tried to photograph, she would immediately swim away, but I was wrong. For the next hour, she let me photograph her while she fed. Slowly and methodically, she pulled and then munched on the seaweed that grows over much of the ocean floor in this shallow bay. Follow me @Mitty for more underwater adventures. #Galapagos #seaturtle #adventure
Photo by @Shannon__Wild // Southern White Rhino at dusk. As with all rhino species, the horns consists of compressed strands of keratin (like your fingernails ), which is FALSELY believed to have medicinal value in tradition Chinese medicine, unfortunately this demand for horn leads to poaching. On average one rhino is poached every 8 hours making these beautiful animals at risk of extinction. Follow me @Shannon__Wild for more photos and videos of wildlife from around the world where I also share my camera settings for budding photographers
Photo by @journeying_justin || One of my favorite animals found in the Southeastern United States is the gopher tortoise. These tortoises are designed for digging and have powerful legs that allow them to dig multiple burrows throughout their territory. These burrows are used by hundreds of other species, making the gopher tortoise incredibly important in the ecosystem. They also spread seeds through defecation which helps to diversify the plant life in its environment. . Follow @journeying_justin for more wildlife content. #natgeowild #tortoise #conservation
Photo by @amivitale // After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. The ambitious introduction of 24 lions from South Africa in 2018 was the largest international translocation ever undertaken. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, restoring the apex predator to its native lands. Already, twenty cubs have been born since the lions’ release. It's amazing to see how resilient nature is when we give it a chance. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off." @twentyfourlions @zambezedeltaconservation @ivan carter @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @photog for.good #protectearth #conservation #earth #lions #savelions #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #mozambique #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photographyforgood
Photo by @daisygilardini | During my last Antarctica expedition, we landed at Torgersen Island, home to one of the biggest Adélie penguin colonies in the Antarctic Peninsula. Observing Adélie penguins beaching is as challenging to photograph as it is entertaining. They emerge from the water as fast as torpedos, headfirst. As soon as their heads emerge from the water, they flip their body vertically and, now standing, they surf the surface of the water with their feet, before inevitably ending the ride facedown and bouncing on their belly. This creates all kinds of super-photogenic splashes. To nail the shot, besides the technical knowledge needed to set the camera properly, one has to have tons of patience and perseverance, along with a healthy dose of good luck in guessing where the penguin’s head is going to appear first. Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #Antarctica #adelie #adelipenguin #wildlifephotography #penguin
Photo by @DavidDoubilet // Sponsored by @AirbnbExperiences // African penguins, bathed in early light, return to their colony at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, South Africa. This area of Table Mountain National Park features large boulder-covered beaches, a penguin viewing area, and boardwalks. This colony is one of the only places on this planet where one can see, learn about, and actually swim with these penguins, which are now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. The Boulders population is currently about 3,000 penguins strong. Active conservation, education, and outreach protect and support this beloved population that is popular with tourists. // Learn how to protect African penguins, and explore more unique, responsible ways to meet animals on @AirbnbExperiences
Photo by @Shannon__Wild // At around 3 months old the cubs will start to eat meat and only wean off their mother's milk at around 6 months. Follow me @Shannon__Wild for more photos and videos of wildlife from around the world where I also share my camera settings for budding photographers
Video by @filipe_deandrade and @brianmoghari // Hummingbirds live busy lives. They are the avian ninjas of the animal kingdom and if you've ever seen them battle it out, you can attest to this. Nectar rich flowers are their main source of nutrition and every time they feed, pollen hitches a ride on their head and is transferred to another flower. They can hit up to 3,000 flowers in a single day so think about all the pollination happening when these dashing darlings take to the sky. For more wildlife adventures follow @filipe_deandrade #puravida
Photo @jasonedwardsng The flamboyant male Superb Fairy Wren. Always a dash of wanted iridescence in the Australian bush. Bold, sassy, and inquisitive this little bird will always make an appearance to see what you’re doing and whether you’re disturbing any insects worthy of eating. . The female, however is petite but quite drab displaying muted browns that camouflage her well against dry leaf litter. We don’t do it all the time but when we do dress up, us men like to put it all on display! . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from the field. . #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng @australia #nikon800mm #dressedtoimpress #birdsofaustralia