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Video by @joelsartore | An endangered crested capuchin named Milo at the @thelosangeleszoo. Sadly, Milo passed away not long ago after a long illness. He was a 22-year-old male and the leader of his troop of twelve at the Los Angeles Zoo. Milo was also a great father to his eleven offspring. We'll miss you Milo!  To see a portrait of Milo, follow @joelsartore. . . #capuchin #monkey #ripmilo #inmemory #photoark #natgeo
Photo by @FransLanting Baring your teeth at someone can be a sign of aggression. But here, Lana, a female bonobo, was doing it to provoke me. Bonobos and humans are so closely related that we share many facial expressions—and an ability to use deception. That is exactly what Lana was doing here. She was feigning aggression to get my attention—evidence of a social sophistication that crosses species boundaries. I spent several days with Lana and other bonobos in a captive family group for a series of intimate portraits to help people understand how unique bonobos are. Follow me @FransLanting for more bonobo portraits.  @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #attitude #greatape #bonobo #aggression #communicationi
Video by @pedromcbride // Santeria dancers perform in an abandoned building site in Havana, Cuba. The dance company leader teaches discipline and teamwork and creates performance jobs throughout the city via dance. To see more from this @natgeoexpeditions photo workshop, follow @pedromcbride. #dance #havana #santeria #cuba
Video by @amivitale. I am excited to share this incredible story soon on @natgeo about @r.e.s.c.u.e , the first community owned and run elephant sanctuary located  in Northern Kenya. Its express purpose is to find, rehabilitate, and return orphaned wild elephants into the surrounding landscape.  This is not a sanctuary run and managed by outsiders but by the Samburu themselves.  Trained abroad and with the full capabilities of a world class sanctuary, the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is an incredible example of community conservation.  It helps establish pride amongst local people for THEIR elephants and it provides employment and funding for community efforts.  It is estimated that the sanctuary and an adjoining small community lodge will double the income of the 25,000 person community and be used for schools, clinics, and other community projects. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e, @amivitale  and @sararacamp for more information on how to help or visit this magical place.  #elephant #elephants #saveelephants #elephantlove #banivory #stoppoaching #worthmorealive #saynotoivory #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #bestdestinations #africanamazing #conservation #animals #safari #wildlife #climatechange #natureisspeaking #savetheplanet #endangeredspecies @nrt_kenya
It's really hard to explain what its like to be this close to the king of beasts. Lions have a presence, a magnificent swagger that exudes superiority. It was quite a humbling feeling, being 10 feet away from this guy–in the safety of my little rental car. Kruger National Park, South Africa, is very accessible, you don't need a 4x4 vehicle, and it's a beautiful 4 to 5 hour drive from Johannesburg. On assignment for @natgeotravel #krugernationalpark For more images from Kruger follow @kengeiger  BIG CAT WEEK started today Monday Feb 20th! on NG WILD - http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/big-cat-week/ #bigcatweek
Photo by @johnstanmeyer • Deeply focused, Sukhrob Akhrorov cooks Samarkand's famous dish, palov (also called osh in Uzbek), in his shop of delicate simplicity. • To see more images from our car journey through Uzbekistan for part VI of the @outofedenwalk visit my Instagram account @johnstanmeyer. Also on my dear friend and social media supports IG account, @yulia_grigoryants for the making of this unique decade long story. • #onassignment @natgeo @natgeocreative @outofedenwalk @thephotosociety #uzbekistan #samarkand #palov #plov #osh #towel #cooking #kitchen #ngsilkroad
Photo by @stephenwilkes: The 30 combined miles of beaches in Rio de Janeiro are some of the most crowded (and beautiful) in the world. Locals and tourists - including myeslf - alike visited Ipanema Beach this winter which is a sunny escape from the cold, gray days of the North.  #stephenwilkes #daytonight #ipanema #rio #riodejaneiro #brazil
Photo by @martinschoeller Martin: “Hi Arlando, good to see you. Have you ever been homeless?” Arlando: “I have been but not recently. I deliver food to homeless shelters, I even went out to San Francisco with a couple of churches to help the homeless out there. It’s kinda like the workin’ poor where you could be homeless but you know somebody, so you’re one stage from it. You know, it’s like when you have family, when you have friends you don’t have to necessarily hit the streets but if they say no, you’d be right there. Circumstances. It’s just you kinda lucked out a little bit better in the lottery, you know what I’m sayin’? The lottery of life. ‘Cause you know in the lottery of life you don’t know who your family will be. The homeless people that I know are just like me and you. It’s no difference. Born to somebody else, they’d be in a different position.” . For more portraits and stories, follow me @martinschoeller
Video by @christian_foto (Christian Rodriguez ) Video at the Texolo waterfall park located in the Municipality of Xico, in Veracruz, Mexico. The main waterfall has an approximate height of 78.7 feet. There is a bridge over the ravine that connects both parts of the forest. On the other side, there are two smaller waterfalls that can be seen from some of the trails in the area. The waterfalls and their surroundings have been used to film several films. Video by @christian_foto / @prime_collective #waterfall #xico #veracurz #mexico
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone with words by @M_Synnott (Mark Synnott) - “Misha, p-l-e-a-s-e  l-i-s-t-e-n  c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y,” I say, holding up the old frayed rope to which we are tied. “I don’t want to climb any higher. If you won’t go down with me, I will untie and solo to the bottom.” With his brawny arms crossed over his chest, Misha locks me in an icy stare and mutters something in Russian. We’ve been arguing on this tiny ledge for nearly an hour, which, considering we don’t share a common language, is becoming ridiculous. What’s clear is that he adamantly refuses to bail. Earlier in the day, when we surveyed this 1200-foot cliff from the base, I realized there was no way we could safely climb it with the motley assortment of old Russian caving gear we had scrounged up in camp. I said as much to Misha and thought he had agreed, but somehow he has cajoled me halfway up the cliff. Peering down at the hundreds of feet of crumbling limestone we’ve already scaled, it dawns on me that I’m bluffing—and Misha knows it. My only option is to give in and go for the top. Though Misha is a world-class caver (and more stubborn than the donkeys that carried our gear into these mountains), he has little climbing experience. This leaves the dangerous job of leading the upper headwall to me, but I’m here to go caving not climbing, so I don’t even have sticky-soled rock shoes. When we finally top out late in the day—not far from where this photo was taken—Misha just shrugs and gives me a look as if to say, “See, I told you it was no problem.” And that’s how I accidentally made the first ascent of Hodga Gur Gur Ata, in a remote corner of Uzbekistan—on the very first day of our expedition to Dark Star. I haven’t discussed it with Misha, but I was thinking we could call our route Russian Roulette.  Over the next few weeks we will upload a series of photographs on the Nat Geo Instagram feed from our recently published magazine story
@stevewinterphoto @natgeo  BIG CAT WEEK starts today Monday Feb 20th! on NG WILD - http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/big-cat-week/ #bigcatweek  I am working on a @natgeo Jaguar story in the Pantanal of Brazil. Here are 2 cubs cooling off and relaxing in a tree. 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 @bertiegregory  My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. Animals have emotions just like we have-kids hang out and play like these 2 cubs.. 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 CauseAnUproar.org to find out other ways to become involved to save big cats!  #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild
Photo by @amivitale. Snack time for baby pandas at Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Pandas nurse for the first 8-9 months of their lives and then eat as much as 40 percent of their body weight daily in bamboo.  Their bamboo diet does not provide them much nutrition and has been further threatened by habitat loss. But thanks to years of research and a focus on conservation efforts, China has brought pandas back from the brink of extinction. Giant pandas have been upgraded from endangered to threatened, with an estimated adult population of 1,864 in the wild and 500 in captivity.  Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world!  @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #chengdu #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #natureisspeaking #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale
Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner @stefanounterthiner.  Two young Sulawesi crested black macaques playing in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Even the tiniest macaque youngsters in Tangkoko have a lot of freedom to play in and explore the forest, but they don’t stray far from their mothers. If hunters take a mother for meat, they may also capture her offspring for the pet trade.  Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the upcoming Magazine story ‘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 #play #mother #ecotourism #youngsters #forest
Photo by @jimmy_chin The Atlas cedars in Taghia, Morocco, are a constant point of fascination. They perfectly depict the dichotomy of beauty and harshness here. #onlocation @natgeo
Video by @maggiesteber. In Havana, Cuba, laundry hanging from the balconies of beautiful old buildings in the city center dries in the breeze. I was in Havana a couple of weeks ago leading a wonderful group of people in a @natgeoexpeditions photographic exploration of one of the worlds most beautiful cities, uplifted after years of neglect. Cubans know how to make the best of difficult situations. It is in their character to create beauty. I have been to this city countless times since 1982. Havana always reminded me of a beautiful woman who tried to hide her aging by putting on a little lipstick to brighten her face. For years paint was scarce as were building materials. Now thanks to her being named as a world heritage site Havana is re-claiming her bright and shiny self. This is the time to see this beautiful city before things change too much because they will. They will take a more modern turn and that's good for Cuba but I hope Cubans can hold onto the memory of a past that reflects their remarkable resilient character. The whole city is a museum of great architecture, history, nostalgia, and courage. Havana is still as beautiful and accessible as ever and this is because of her great people. Even the laundry hanging from the beautiful Art Deco balconies knows how to move with the sensuality that inhabits the whole country and its people. #natgeoexpeditions #havana #cuba #reduxpictures #natgeotravel #natgeocreative #thephotosociety #seeforyourself #traveltheworld
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Currently in the DRC on assignment for @natgeochannel - Self protection and resilience after hundreds of years of conflict. This community deep in the jungle in North Kivu seemed at peace. They had schools, agriculture and mineral mining all in place. Plus AK 47s just in case... ~  For more updates from the field follow the team - @j.j.kelley @taylorfreesolo @elaishastokes @taniarashid @aldo_astoria
Let me set this up for you; while on assignment for @natgeotravel, I get to stay at one of the coolest lodges on the planet, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge (@sabisabireserve), just outside Kruger National Park in South Africa. I came to photograph big cats, but unfortunately for me, my arrival coincides with the most rain the region has seen in over two years. But rain or shine, tracker Candy Hlatshwayo (in front) and Ranger Chanyn-Lee Zeelie (driving) were ready to hit the bush at sunrise. This time lapse compresses four hours of soaked to the bone wet, into one minute. I spent more energy keeping my cameras dry than I did shooting. At the end of the video you'll see why I came to Sabi Sabi–leopards!  #sabisabi / #earthlodge / #sabisabireserve / #natgeolodges / #natgeoexpeditions / #kruger  Photo by @kengeiger
'one up, one down' from work documenting community based conservation in the northern rangelands of Kenya - 'with butterflies and warriors' by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - This guy is a regular to @sararacamp and I'm indebted to @katie.rowe for introducing me to the beautiful gentle giant. To see more of my personal work and projects for @natgeo follow me here, or @chancellordavid #conservation #elephant #ivory #poaching #stoppoaching #africa @forrangers @kinetic_six @hellokiosk @sararacamp @katie.rowe #sarara
Video by @bertiegregory. Wait for it, wait for it, boom! As their name suggests, giant otters really are giant growing up to 6 ft/1.8m in length. Whilst they are the longest otter, the sea otter is heavier. Giant otters are extremely social, living in family groups of up to 20 individuals. I filmed this family playing and grooming in the Northern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!
Photo by @FransLanting This is Lana, a feisty female bonobo making eye contact with me. She’s a captive individual, and I spent time with her for a series of portraits aimed to reveal personalities and attitudes, to combine with the images I made of bonobos in the dark jungles of the Congo Basin on assignment for @natgeo. Bonobos are our closest relatives on the great tree of life, along with chimpanzees. Lana has lost most of her facial hair, and that makes it easier to see ourselves in her. After all, we as humans are truly "naked apes,” as Desmond Morris once called us in his classic book by that title. To see what Lana does when she really wants to get my attention follow me @FransLanting.  @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #attitude #greatape #bonobo
Photo by @chien_chi_chang  Along China and North Korean border in November 2007. Peering from a bunker on the Tumen River, North Korean soldiers have orders to shoot anyone trying to sneak into or out of North Korea. Cross-shaped posts possibly support electrical wires. Many guards take bribes to let defectors cross to China. #escapefromnorthkorea #defector #tumemriver #magnumphotos #cccontheroad