@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto with @africanparksnetwork
Lions in Malawi, the ‘warm heart of Africa’, are making a comeback! The country’s pride is growing as six wild lions have been safely transported from South Africa to their new homes in Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park to help revive the parks’ predator populations. Just last week, four of these lions (two males and two females) joined the two male lions who were translocated to Liwonde in February this year. Lions were last seen in the park over four years ago, and it had been even longer since a breeding population lived in the park. We moved the other two males to Majete Wildlife Reserve to improve the genetic diversity of the current lion population there. All lions are in secure enclosures (bomas) where they are adjusting to their new environment and bonding, and will be released over the coming weeks and months. Africa’s wildlife has suffered immensely in recent decades, and the lion population has crashed by more than 40% since 1993. Just 100 years ago, more than 200,000 lions lived in Africa- today, best estimates put them at fewer than 20,000. “Very simply, if a park is not being managed then it will be lost, we have two options, one is we allow these places to disappear. The other is we make our own plan,” says CEO of @africanparksnetwork, Peter Fearnhead who was recently quoted by the Washington Post (see link in our bio). By working closely with the Government of Malawi, the local community as with critical support from the Dutch Government, @lionrecovery and @leonardodicapriofdn – we are making a plan to restore the species to protected areas across Africa for the benefit of future generations. #AfricanParks#NaturesReturn#Conservation#Wildlife#Liwonde#Majete#Lions#Predators@africanparksnetwork#DutchGovernment, @lionrecovery and @leonardodicapriofdn@Zakouma_national_park
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Photo by @CarltonWard // One of my camera traps, which I checked last week, produced this photo of a bobcat winding it's way through cypress knees and over a downed tree in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of my favorite and most challenging camera sites. My goal is to show an endangered Florida panther amidst the quintessential south Florida swamp habitat that has been necessary for its survival during the past century. But since I first placed a camera trap here in 2015, the swamp has been flooded with water for 70 percent of the time. I've captured an amazing alligator photo, some good bear shots, and now this bobcat, but not yet a panther image that rises to the promise of this location. And now the rainy season has started again. Hopefully I'll get a couple more weeks of when this drainage is still a dry trail, and maybe a panther will come through. If not, it will be another 8 months before the water subsides and I can try again. Meanwhile, I am thankful for this bobcat that came through in the twilight hours to show off its beautiful forest home. My #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is about using the story of the Florida panther to inspire appreciation and protection of the Florida Wildlife Corridor so we can keep the Everglades connected to the rest of America and provide and path for the northward expansion and recovery of the panther, for the benefit of all of the other species (and people) who rely on its domain. Please follow @CarltonWard for more hidden wildlife. @FL_WildCorridor@USFWS@myfwc#FloridaWild#KeepFLWild
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Photo by @williamalbertallard // These bison plunging through deep snow were photographed in Montana in 1966. I was fairly new at National Geographic but had been assigned to photograph wildlife in the winter in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone then had a herd of about 400 bison that park management was trying to gather to check for brucellosis, a contagious disease that in cattle can cause cows to abort their calves. I was flying at about 500 feet in a Bell two-seater helicopter piloted by Bob Schellinger, renown for his mountain rescue work and then working for the park along with fellow pilot Elwood “Swede” Nelson. The day’s objective was to find groups of bison that inhabited the park’s Hayden Valley. When spotted, we’d drop down to skim along at tree level trying to drive them into a lane created in some timber leading to a corral trap built along Nez Perce Creek. Once contained, they’d be worked into chutes and blood tested. In the case of this picture a small number of bison had swung around to face and seemingly challenge us and in the combination of the deep snow and the downdraft from the helicopter the swirling snow created an almost watercolor-like palette for my Kodachrome transparency.
Flying with Bob was a great pleasure. He was a superb pilot and a very nice man with a dry sense of humor. At night we used to shoot pool at a bar in tiny Gardiner, Montana where we lived in a place called the Town Motel right at the edge of the northwest entrance to the park. Bob Schellinger died in a crash several years later while attempting a mountain rescue. My essay, “Yellowstone Wildlife in Winter,” the first essay I wrote as well as photographed for National Geographic was published in November, 1967.
#followme@williamalbertallard for more images of Montana and other assignments spanning five decades.
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These exuberant birds are vulturine guineafowl, photographed at @lincolnchildrenszoo here in Nebraska. They are gregarious creatures that flock in groups of up to 25 birds in the forests of central Africa. Though they live in open habitats, they are most comfortable when undercover and will roost in trees. Vulturine guineafowl are terrestrial, so rather than fly away when alarmed, as most birds do, they will run.
To see an up close portrait of a vulturine guineafowl, check out @joelsartore
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photos by @vincentjmusi
Tolliver, Monty, Django, Bear and Mary Anne, 2017-2018
Not every dog thinks having his or her portrait made is such a great idea and I wonder at times if I’ve lost a bit of my inner Dr. Dolittle.
I present a selection of photographs where things didn’t always go as planned from my personal work with dogs.
You can’t learn from your mistakes if you don’t make any, you can find more of mine @vincentjmusi#yearofthedogs
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Photo: @tbfrost | Almost nothing is known about green anacondas in the primary rainforest of the Amazon. A team of researchers I'm traveling with here is trying to change that. Unfortunately, the only Anaconda we've come across in nearly three weeks is this dead one , which was killed with multiple machete blows to the head. It seems that every snake locals see , they kill. This anaconda was killed because it was trying to eat a chicken , but it probably didn't have a choice as the swamp that was once its home has largely been filled in with sand so people can build homes. This isn't a new problem , it is a classic conservation issue, but what makes it worse in this situation is so little is known about green anacondas here in Peru researchers can't say how devastating or not the loss of a single snake is to the ecosystem and the survival of the species.
If you want to follow me as I look for the largest snake in the world in the swamps of the Amazon rainforest, I'm @tbfrost
Film by @kitracahana // Find link to film on my Instagram account. //
Stephane Alexis, 24, has put his own goals and aspirations on hold to help his parents care for his younger brother Torence, who has cerebral palsy. He spends upwards of 20 hours per week caring for Tor and has noticed the toll that caregiving can take mentally as well as physically. “It’s not an easy job. He needs you for everything, so you have to be taking care of him 24/7” Stephane says.
Young caregivers are an often overlooked population with millions of children and young adults caring for loved ones with little access to emotional as well as financial support.
Find the link for the full short film - Caring for Tor on my Instagram account. @kitracahana#youngcarer#youngcaregiver#cerebralpalsy#caregiving#caregiver#care#disability#ottawa#canada#youngcarers#brothers#love
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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). An Ancestral Puebloan granary built most likely around 800-1000 years ago, Cedar Mesa, Southern Utah. See a video of the cliff-ledge journey to access this site in @argonautphoto’s IG stories.
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // On a recent @Sea_Legacy expedition to photograph Blue Whales, I came across this young Loggerhead Sea Turtle basking under and overcast sky. The early life of loggerheads and other sea turtles used to be called “the lost years,” because no one knew exactly where they went. Now we know that after young loggerheads are born in the warm beaches of Florida, they embark on a leisurely voyage under the sun. The youngsters idly float north along the Gulf Stream, then head toward the Azores. Along the way, they spend most of their time riding the waves, and the sun helps raise their body temperature.A small fish has turned this turtle into a home, where he can hide from predators, like seabirds. I spent a few minutes with these two animals, and then I watched as they swam, together, into the deep. To learn more about loggerheads check out the @LoggerheadMarineLifeCenter and #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier.#TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy@PaulNicklen@_tomConlin@Susan_bird_
Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - How cute is this? Well I guess that’s a subjective question. A young rat climbs from between the bars of a drain in Lower Manhattan in the early hours of this morning. Although rats living in cities are considered to infest the sewers and subways, they are actually more common living in safe places along and under the sidewalk - particularly places with easy access to a food supply - like the garbage bags of a nearby restaurant. This rat has everything it needs - a drain and a deli nearby. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with the help of @georgemckenziejr