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Photo by @FransLanting A lion in his prime is a glorious sight, but not many make it to this stage. They run into trouble with rivals—or people. A black-maned Kalahari lion like this one is prized by trophy hunters, but in Botswana hunting is banned, and has been since 2014. I share this image in celebration of Big Cat Week, and with thanks to my friends and colleagues Dereck and Beverly Joubert for causing an uproar about the plight of lions.

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Photo by @stephenwilkes: A quiet night at Ipanema, as beachgoers fade out and the glow of the sea takes over - our presence scaled to the grandeur of the Atlantic.
#StephenWilkes #DayToNight #Ipanema #Rio #RiodeJaneiro #Brazil

Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto Worshippers light candles and pray at the Shwedogan Pagoda in #Yangon #Myanmar #onassignment #burma #photojournalism #documentary #dailylife #asia

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BIG CAT WEEK is on NG WILD - #bigcatweek

I am excited to bring my NG LIVE presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats” to @natgeo’s Grosvenor Theater in Washington DC on April 13th! Please come to hear about my life and work with Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Cougars and Tigers!! I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story in the Pantanal of Brazil. Here a male walks on a bridge across a lake in Caiman Ecological Refuge. Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “Stop the demand and the killing can too.” @wildaid
Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves. Please visit to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats!

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Photos and Video by @johnstanmeyer | Across the historic Amu Darya River, also known as the Oxus River, the floating bridge that connects Qartau and Jumurtau villages each winter is effected by ice, requiring the bridge to be disconnected. Men in rowboats converge on the banks, ferrying passengers, often pushing their way over blocks of ice to cross. Around 500 villagers who work in Qaratau, Uzbekistan, cross the river commute twice a day, either by foot on the ice or row boat when the ice is moving. Swipe left on this post to see more photos from my assignment in Uzbekistan for @natgeo. #onassignment #uzbekistan #amudarya #amudaryariver #oxus #oxusriver #ice #boat #rowboat #water #river #transport

Photo by @jimmy_chin
An epically cold but memorable night out w @travisrice and co in #kamchatka shooting time lapses and watching the nearby volcano rage. The remote and inhospitable Kamchatka peninsula has the highest density of active volcanoes in the world. #onlocation

Image by @joelsartore | An Arctic fox at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in Kansas. These little animals live in incredibly frigid environments and have evolved in many ways to survive there. Their multilayered fur coats (which change color with the seasons- from white when it's snowy to brown when the tundra is bare) are extremely dense and insulating, and their paws have fur on the soles. They’ve even developed a system of countercurrent heat exchange in the circulation of their paws to maintain their core temperature.
The Arctic fox serves as a great reminder that “it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself”.
To see another image of this Arctic fox, check out @joelsartore!
#fox #arcticfox #cuteanimals #headtilt #evolution #fluffy #cute #photoark #photoarkbook #natgeo #books

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
Koryaksky volcano looming large above Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, capital of the Kamchatka peninsular in the Russian Far East. Koryaksky has been designated a Decade Volcano, worthy of particular study in light of its history of explosive eruptions and proximity to populated areas. In 2008, Koryaksky erupted with a 6,000m (20,000ft) plume of ash, the first major eruption in 3,500 years.
Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.
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Video by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner and my wife Stéphanie Francoise.

When you're eating but the dancing madness takes you like there was no tomorrow. Take a look how this male Sulawesi crested black macaque is having fun in the forest.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the upcoming Magazine story ‘A Fight for Survive’ (March issue)

Follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my personal projects and my work with @natgeo. Thanks!
#IUCN #redlist #Sulawesi #macaque #eating #tomorrow #madness #fun #forest

Video by @bertiegregory. The Jabiru stork is South America's tallest flying bird standing up to 5ft. The Jabiru's wingspan is also huge but not quite the largest- that title belongs to the Andean Condor. The Jabiru's local name translates to mean the bird with the swollen neck! I filmed these individuals hunting for fish and amphibians along the rivers of the northern Pantanal, Brazil. Shot on assignment for @Stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow @bertiegregory for more videos from our jaguar project.

Photo by @johnstanmeyer

Welcomed in sweet kindness, Dilbar Umarova lives within the legacy of her family's home. For 200 years she and her ancestors have inhabited this warmth-filled Samarkand home situated along a quiet alley, the living room today covered in Uzbek carpets, given to her by family for her wedding.

Be sure to follow @yulia_grigoryants to see vignettes of our overland car journey through Uzbekistan for @natgeo and also follow #PaulSalopek on his epic 10 year walk in the footsteps of our ancestors at @outofedenwalk here on Instagram.

#onassignment @natgeo @natgeocreative @outofedenwalk @thephotosociety #uzbekistan #samarkand #carpets #portait #warmth #kindness #NGSilkRoad

RobertClarkphoto Gus, a wind swept dog on a wind swept field in Western #Kansas #HomeToKansas