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I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.
-Anne Brontë
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#sunset #night #cultural #history #nature #river #darkness #environment #landscape #spring #love #dreams #wildlife #historical #dreams #adventure #spiritual #landscape #broadmag #art #ocean #moodygrams #contemporaryart #gardens #peace #butterfly #river #water #flowers #lights #dark #quotes

In preparation for my upcoming African excursion I thought it only appropriate to share this awesome post by @xander_swart
Here you can see the largest Pelusios species, the serrated hinged terrapin (Pelusios sinuatus) riding on the back of a hippopotamus in Krueger National Park. Interestingly, this behavior is quite well documented concerning African helmeted terrapins (Pelomedusa subrufa sp.) and the hippo and the turtles actually have what is known as a symbiotic relationship. The terrapins will feed on ticks and ectoparasites on the hippo while riding on its back and cleanse it, while the turtles benefit from getting a tasty snack! Truly a fascinating behavior that wasn’t really discovered until quite recently based on photos and observations. Ectoparasites actually play a huge role in identifying helmeted terrapin species (they were recently split into eight different species), and certain species of ticks only associate with certain species of terrapin, thereby allowing a biologist identify the terrapin species based on the tick! Who knew ticks could be so helpful for turtles in Africa? Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some turtle-hippo action next week in Africa!
Thanks for sharing @xander_swart

That day when we were having lunch next to Colorado River.

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A day after getting to rescue one spider, I get called up about another. A little labradoodle started barking and alerted everyone to this poor thing petrified on the lobby floor. I escorted the little one back outside. Sorry but I think this one's kinda cute. #spidersofinstagram #wolfspider #spider #arachnid #iowawildlife #urbanwildlife #animalsofinstagram #wildlife #spiderrescue

🙌🏼💙🙏🏼 Great news for this little guy! For the first time in decades, population of the critically #endangered river dolphins in the Mekong has risen! 22 babies were born in the last two years and there are now 92 Irrawaddy dolphins! They are threatened by habitat degradation and fishing nets. But effective river patrolling and the strict confiscation of illegal gillnets has given the species new hope. ❤️🐬
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© Cambodia WWF / Gerry Ryan / WWF-Greater Mekong .
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#mekong #irrawaddy #dolphin #dolphins #river #biodiversity #marinelife #wildlife #wildanimals #wildandfree #wildliferescue #worthfightingfor #racingextinction #startwith1thing #awareness #education #conservation #compassion #protection #rescue #animal #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #animalwelfare #animalprotection

Illustrations of my upcoming book "Field guide of Mexican Mammals". Illustrations by M. Pineda #mammals #illustrations #books #nature #wildlife #mexico

Hey, it's an ostrich!

First bat I've seen in the wild. It was enjoying spring in the Wasatch like we were.

#bat #mountains #wildlife #wild #spring #Wasatch #wasatchmountains

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