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Conservation International  Working to protect nature for the benefit of generations to come.

Happy #HippoDay!

“You love me, you’re just not IN LOVE with me? Well imagine a life without me!” – Vulnerable species this #ValentinesDay
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Get in the #VDay spirit and show animals like elephants, sea turtles, whale sharks and pangolins the love. #KeepLoveAlive 🌏💕🌍

Your #ValentinesDay plan tomorrow might include sipping champagne with your significant other or binge-eating discount chocolates in bed with your cat, but some members of the animal kingdom are literally sacrificing their lives in the name of love. From kinky spider bondage to death-inducing foreplay, dive into the fascinating world of animal mating rituals. Link in bio for more.

#TriviaTuesday #ValentinesDay edition: Emperor Penguins, the largest species of penguin in the world, march through the cold of Antarctica to mate and raise their young. But are they monogamous?
1. Yes
2. No
3. It’s complicated
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ANSWER: It’s complicated. If you’ve seen the popular documentary “March of the Penguins” you might think these birds are monogamous – which they are…but only for one breeding season. They have one mate per year and stay faithful to that mate, until their chick leaves the roost and mating season comes around again. Fidelity between years is relatively low; experts believe that because of the short window for mating opportunity, it’s no use waiting around for last year’s mate to show up. For emperor #penguins it’s better to love the one you’re with.

Set your alarm and tag your friends: TODAY at 12pm EST, @ConservationOrg Scientist Kellee Koenig is answering your most pressing questions during our #WomenInScience Day special #AskAScientist Instagram Live. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS.
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There’s still time to send us your questions – comment them below and tune in to see if it’s chosen.

No matter where on Earth you call home, forests make your life possible. They are so many things – our respite, our natural air filters, our water factories, our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them. And at @ConservationOrg we work to ensure the world’s most important forests are protected for future generations.

Happy #Caturday

For many people in developing countries, freshwater fisheries are their lifeline. But how do you boost fish stocks without hampering people’s ability to eat and make a living? New @ConservationOrg research in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap finds one answer is to establish freshwater protected areas.

Meet the leaf katydid. This species of insect is one of the most remarkable leaf-mimics in the #animal world. In addition to being perfect, walking replicas of #leaves, each has a slightly different coloration to prevent predators from memorizing the appearance of these otherwise defenseless #insects.

With #WomenInScience day just around the corner, we are excited to announce our next #AskAScientist Instagram Live event.
Kellee Koenig, Scientist for @ConservationOrg’s Moore Center for Science answers your questions on Feb. 11 @ 12pm EST. Don’t wait, ask yours TODAY in our comments!

#TriviaTuesday: What percent of freshwater flows from mountains?
a) 25%
b) 40%
c) 60%
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ANSWER: 60% of freshwater flows from mountains.
Nearly every major river begins in the #mountains, where water is captured from the atmosphere and stored as snow and ice, supplying streams and #rivers. More than half of the world’s population relies on fresh water from mountains for drinking, washing, irrigation, #hydropower, industry and transportation. In some cases, a single mountain can supply water for millions: In East Africa, for example, Mount Kenya is the only source of #freshwater for more than 7 million people. #ClimateChange is causing many mountain #glaciers to melt, however, which could lead to #water shortages in the future.

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson

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