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Photo by @amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now:

Follow us, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale, to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #kenya #photojournalism #amivitale

photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - lightning strikes in the sage brush sea between Pinedale and Big Piney, Wyoming yesterday evening. Lightning storms are frequent throughout the summer and a major case of wild fires. Sage brush has suffered severely from increased burning due to invasive cheat grass, which when dry turns the landscape into a tinder box. The sage brush eco-system is the dominant landscape of the west and a hugely important eco-system - home to sage grouse, golden eagles, bobcats, rattlesnakes and many more. Shot on assignment for @natgeo

Photo by @GerdLudwig. In the living room of their small apartment in Zelenograd in the outskirts of Moscow, a dedicated young cosplay couple - he a banker and she an interior designer - act out a cosplay performance. Cosplay, a shortening of the words costume and play, is a performance art during which participants wear costumes, masks, and accessories to depict specific characters. Cosplayers are a subculture who convene at festivals or perform on or off stages. The characters stem from comic books and anime, live-action films, or video games. Cosplaying initially became a pop-culture phenomenon in Japan but has since spread worldwide. The photograph appeared last year in @natgeo in a story on the Putin Generation, which examines the attitudes and outlooks of young people in Russia.

You can see the couple in a different set of masks at @GerdLudwig.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Russia #Moscow #cosplay #youth #costume #apartment #portrait #PutinGeneration

Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Color and culture: the annual Mount Hagan Sing Sing is about to begin. 90 plus tribes from all over Papua New Guinea gather together for song, dance, and showing off in one of the most spectacular and wildly colorful festivals that I've ever experienced. #mthagen #singsing #papuanewguinea #festival #tribe @yamashitaphoto @natgeocreative

Video by @joelsartore | Aptly named, the cliff chipmunk spends most of its time near cliffs foraging for berries, seeds and acorns during dawn and dusk. They communicate using three different calls-- a bark during normal activity, a sharp chirp indicating excitement, and a mixture of high-pitched sounds that are emitted when threatened.
This chipmunk is a resident of @southwestwildlife where he helps with their education programs. Southwest Wildlife is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing animals back into their wild habitats as well as educating the public about the importance of conservation.
To see a portrait of this chipmunk, check out @joelsartore.
#cliffchipmunk #chipmunk #cute #cuteanimals #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

Photograph by @thomaspeschak One of the most expressive eyes in the animal kingdom zeros in for a closer look. I have photographed marine mammals for almost 20 years but never before have I experience an encounter this close. Can you guess what ocean animal this is just by looking at its eyeball? To find out and see a photo of this curious and playful giant #followme @thomaspeschak Shot #onassignment for @natgeo magazine

By @drewtrush // The hoodoo's of Bryce Canyon are formed in layers of limestone rock known as the Claron formation made up of an ancient sea floor.
#nature #landscapes #hoodoo

Video by @BertieGregory. A flamingo takes flight to spend the day feeding in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Thanks to these charismatic birds, a reserve was setup which now not only protects the flamingoes but a huge diversity of other species in this coastal area. This is a great example of using a charismatic species to save the entire food chain in an area. This was filmed from a blind with special permission from the reserve authorities. Shot for @stevewinterphoto and @natgeo. Follow @bertiegregory to see a drone aerial of the whole flamboyance!

Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
Morning in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia shot on assignment for @natgeo This incredible rainforest fills me with awe and great humility. Remarkably diverse place and one of my personal hotspots on Earth! Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see my first @natgeo cover (Aug 97) from this incredible place! This rainforest is estimated to be at least 130 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world (and twice as old as the Amazon rainforest). Extremely rich in biodiversity, Borneo 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. After years of work in Borneo it's one of the places in the world deeply stuck in my heart!
Please support rainforest conservation and try to stay away from products containing uncertified palmoil!
#borneo #danumvalley #malaysia #wwf #conservation #mattiasklum #rainforest #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @mattiasklumcollection @thephotosociety @alexandrovklumofficial

Photo by @FransLanting World Elephant Day is behind us, but we still honor the matriarchs who are lending their strength and passing on their wisdom to the next generation. And we salute the people and organizations dedicated to ensuring there will be a future for these magnificent creatures. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our living planet. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #respect #dignity #wisdom #mother #elephant #awesome #protection #wild #WildAid #SaveTheElephants #WorldElephantDay

Photo and caption by @petekmuller. As I wander the valleys of southern Norway, I consider the residual influence of Scandinavian culture in my own life. Seeking upward mobility, my paternal grandfather emigrated from Sweden in the 1920’s. As a matter of priority, he joined with other relatives to purchase a small cabin in the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The cabin became a refuge for the family over several generations. As a boy, my father spent portions of his summers at the camp, where his father imparted a love for hiking and exploration of the outdoors. My father, in turn, shared that world with my sister and me. On my first visit to Scandinavia, I now realize how characteristic my grandfather’s relationship to the outdoors was and how much of his influence persists in me. Norway is defined by cabin culture and a voracious engagement with nature. A pleasant and unexpected discovery of connection. #Norway #Scandinavia #adventure #outdoors #mountains #hiking #nature #Sunndalsora #innerdalen

The quagga (Equus quagga quagga) museum of natural history, Cape Town, South Africa-photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - This is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century. It was long thought to be a distinct species, but genetic studies have shown it to be the southernmost subspecies of plains zebra. It is considered particularly close to Burchell's zebra. Its name was derived from its call, which sounded like "kwa-ha-ha". The quagga is believed to have been around 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) long and 125–135 cm (4 ft 1 in–4 ft 5 in) tall at the shoulder. It was distinguished from other zebras by its limited pattern of primarily brown and white stripes, mainly on the front part of the body. The rear was brown and without stripes, and therefore more horse-like. The distribution of stripes varied considerably between individuals. Little is known about the quagga's behaviour, but it may have gathered into herds of 30–50 individuals. Quaggas were said to be wild and lively, yet were also considered more docile than Burchell's zebra. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa.

After the Dutch settlement of South Africa began, the quagga was heavily hunted as it competed with domesticated animals for forage. While some individuals were taken to zoos in Europe, breeding programs were unsuccessful. The last wild population lived in the Orange Free State, and the quagga was extinct in the wild by 1878. The last captive specimen died in Amsterdam on 12 August 1883. Only one quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today. In 1984, the quagga was the first extinct animal to have its DNA analysed, and the Quagga Project is trying to recreate the phenotype of hair coat pattern and related characteristics by selectively breeding Burchell's zebras. They have a rhino too, it's not yet marked 'extinct' - to see more as of my work and projects follow me here @natgeo and @chancellordavid
#hunters #karoo #southafrica #conserving #conservation #quagga #zebra #extinct #fightingextinction #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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