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Photo by @joelsartore. Happy #pollinatormonday! Pictured here is a lesser short-nosed fruit bat from the @lubeebatconservancy in Gainesville, Florida. This bat feeds on the nectar of fruit flowers. While gathering the nectar with its long tongue, pollen becomes stuck to its fur, and is carried to the anthers (the part of the plant where pollen is made) of the next flower on the menu, allowing the fruit to reproduce. More than 300 species of fruit rely on bats for pollination, including bananas, mango, guava, and cocoa. The economies of many countries are dependent on the exports of these fruits, and would cease to flourish without these graceful pollinators. To see another image of this bat check out @joelsartore. . . #pollinatormonday #natgeo #photoark #savetogether #knowyourpollinators

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // On #assignment for @natgeopristineseas and @natgeo. This project took our team to the northernmost human settlement in Greenland, the village of Qaanaak. The purpose of the expedition was to document the places in the Arctic where ice will disappear last, like the Thule region of Greenland, where I photographed this husky. In 20 years or less, much of the Arctic will be completely devoid of ice and the vast sea ice highways that the Inuit use to travel with their dogs will be gone forever. When that day comes, the last hunters of the north will no longer be able to access the edge of the sea, where today, with the help of their huskies, they are still able to hunt for wild food. With @paulNicklen and @enricsala. To see #MorePhotos from this Expedition #Followme at @CristinaMittermeier *
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Photo by @TimLaman. Landing gear down - a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture on final approach near a wildebeest carcass in Serengeti National Park. Critically endangered due to loss of habitat and deliberate poisoning, this amazing bird can commute up to 150 km a day from its nesting sites to find food here in the Serengeti. This vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird with confirmed evidence of flight at 11,300 meters (37,100 ft). Pretty incredible! See more from my current Africa photo shoot @TimLaman. #VulturesNeedLove, #Africa, #Serengeti, #Tanzania, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.

Photograph by @paulnicklen // The face of a glacier temporarily frozen for the winter dwarfs a young polar bear as she patrols the sea ice in search of seals. She was only two or three years old and was most likely weaned from her mother this spring. Now, she must use all that she has learned from her mom to survive during these changing times. #followme on @paulnicklen to see the moment when she finally discovers my presence. For @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier. #nature #polarbear

Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Aaron Wollin's #legs were amputated at the age of two from a #rare disease called sacral agnesis. Now he travels the world performing stunts. Here Wollin, whose stage name is Short E. Dangerously, showers with a hose backstage on the World of Wonders sideshow. The #cast sleeps, eats and works from a tractor trailer with no bathroom or shower. To watch Shorty new stunt, #fire breathing, #follow @brianlehmannphotography.

Photo @ladzinski / A pair of #GreatWhiteEgret's mirroring one another during a courting display. In the breeding seasons it's quite common for birds of nearly all shapes, sizes and species to grow out additional plumage and changed pigment, being flashy after all is how you find a mate. For the #GreatWhiteEgret the bright green color around the beak, most prominent on the male, is only seen during this time of year. In the early 1900's egret's were hunted to near extinction for their ornate "bridal train" of feathers, displayed during nesting season, to be sold and used for decorating hats. Thankfully the species has long since recovered.

Photo by @petekmuller. Dr. Steve Boyes stands for a portrait at the end of a tough day of expedition down the #Cubango River in Angola. Steve is a conservation #biologist and ornithologist who oversees the Okavango Wilderness Project, a National Geographic-supported initiative to protect the pristine Okavango Delta in Botswana. Steve has studied the Okvango ecosystem for more than 15 years and is deeply committed to its preservation. I've joined Steve and his team as they commence their latest MegaTransect which covers over 1000 kilometers of the #Cubango River, a main tributary into the Okavango Delta. Each day the team navigates the river in mekoros, a type of traditional dug out canoe commonly used in the Delta. They take water samples, note bird and wildlife species and collect other data regarding the river's ecosystem. Steve is undoubtedly one of the brightest and most driven people I've ever encountered. More to come. #intotheokavango #Cubango2017 #expedition #river #Okavango #Angola #wilderness #science #adventure

Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // Victor Rossi, a clown who began his career in France, waits to begin the pre-show performances. It’s the end of the road for “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Ringling Bros. traveling circus is performing it’s final shows today in Long Island, New York. The circus has been a piece of Americana for 146 years, but high operating costs and low ticket sales brought about its demise, ownership announced in January. Hundreds of workers make up the circus, including performers and train conductors and other behind-the-scenes personnel. Many have spent their lives on the traveling trains, which can reach up to a full mile long as they move from coast to coast for 44 weeks of the year. #circus #curtain #change #clown

Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix // An elephant disembarks a Ringling Bros. train in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Elephants have since been retired from the circus. This evening the curtain will fall for the last time on the self-dubbed “Greatest Show on Earth,” America’s biggest and longest-running traveling circus. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pump its caravan brakes permanently. Other traveling circuses may not be far behind. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have joined forces on a bill that would ban the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and any other entertainment act on wheels. In late March, Representatives Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, Ryan Costello, a Pennsylvania Republican, and 22 other lawmakers introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) in the House. It would require the 19 traveling circuses in the U.S. with performing animals to to use only human entertainers—or shut down. If the bill passes, it will end life on the road for more than 200 big cats, bears, camels, and elephants still working as circus performers. Thirty-four other countries have instituted similar bans, as have dozens of cities and counties in the U.S., including Los Angeles and San Francisco. #elephants #circus #train

Video @jenniferhayesig // A titan triggerfish rises from its nest to tell our team to move along in Anilao Philippines. Titans aggressively defend their nests from raiding fish, eels and passing divers. Once we saw that this wonderful creature had eggs to protect we moved on to stop distracting her from the nest. If you watch closely this titan returns to the nest and lays flat across it to hide it from hoards of hungry wrasse. As this was happening the male, out of frame, swam wide circles several feet above us. From on location for @natgeo assignment Philippines: An Océan Nation with @daviddoubilet #LeandroBlanco // #ocean #Triggerfish #philippines #coraltriangle #bite #motherslove for #moreocean follow our assignment @jenniferhayesig

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and @woods_galimberti - Marie-Jeanne cave, Haiti - Located in Port-a-Piment, it is the longest cave known to this day in Haiti. The cave is a veritable 2.5 mile-long labyrinth with three levels of galleries. Accompanied by a guide, you will be able to explore its depth and discover numerous types of underground landscapes. If you are in the Les Cayes area it is worth the drive. #haiti #cave #lescayes #portapiment #grotte

Aerial photo by @tomasvh. The Chrysler Building in Manhattan. @thephotosociety

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