Big thanks to everyone who submitted their nature photos to our "What's Your Nature?" photo contest. Now it's time to vote for your favorite! Click the link in our bio to view the top 100 and vote your hearts out. @s.c.laskey shared this beautiful portrait and story about what it was like to meet a family of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda: "After trekking for almost three hours through Bwindi, our guides prepared us as we neared the habituated gorilla family, Habinyanja. We cleared a path through the dense jungle, and found ourselves face-to-face with the family's black back, Kavuyo. After catching my breath from the realization we were now among a family of gorillas, I lifted my camera and snapped one photo before lowering it again to allow myself the opportunity to take in my surroundings and our new hosts. Kavuyo's demeanor was reminiscent of someone ruminating and lost in his own thoughts. Sharing this moment with him was unforgettable." #whatsyournature#photocontest#gorilla#wildlife#bwindi#forest#uganda#africa#protectpreserve#protectwildlife#seetheworld#livenature#nature#conservation
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Hope all of the proud papas out there had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. Let’s carry that love with us today and every day. #Regram from @pantheracats: "Happy #fathersday! Today, be sure to thank a dad or dad-like figure in your life for giving you guidance or watching over you when you were young. This sweet photo out of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, shows how important a father's role can be. A pride of #lions sets off to eat dinner: a nyala (spiral-horned antelope) that the lionesses had hunted while the male lion babysat the six cubs. #bigcats#wildcats#wildlife#southafrica@christiansperkaphotography"
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Photo by @mia_collis. A portrait of the Zebra Warriors and their trusted camels from Kenya's northern rangelands, where @nature_africa is working with partners to protect nature and improve lives. A team of ten Samburu and Rendille warriors from the @grevyszebratrust track, protect, and monitor some of the last 2,800 Grevys zebra remaining in the world. Asante sana for following my takeover. Be sure to visit my Instagram page if you like what you see!
Photo by @mia_collis. The Grevy’s zebra is the largest zebra in Africa and also one of the most endangered. There are an estimated 2,800 remaining in the world. It is distinguished from the plains zebra by its large fuzzy ears, fine intricate stripes, its gleaming white belly, a soft brown muzzle, and a charcoal dorsal stripe bordered by a white space at the rump. Hence the Samburu name for Grevy’s zebra "Loiborkurum" meaning "white-rumped". I took this picture for the Zebra People project in collaboration with @grevyszebratrust.
Photo by @mia_collis. Bao is a game traditionally played by cultures in East Africa, where @nature_africa is working with partners to protect nature and improve lives. Bao means 'board' or 'board game' in Swahili and can be a strategic and complex game that is usually played on a wooden board using hard seeds or nuts. In this case, the Samburu warriors for the @grevyszebratrust I was photographing didn't have the board or seeds and inventively used sheep pellets and the Earth.
Photo by @mia_collis. On the last day of a five-day walk with the Zebra Warriors from @grevyszebratrust on a remote plateau of northern Kenya, this little zebra turned up! Lekureya, one of the warriors, was walking to camp late at night and stumbled upon a pack of hyenas chasing a Grevy's zebra and her one-week-old baby. In the commotion, the mother ran away and escaped the hyenas but left her baby. Knowing the foal was certain to be eaten, the warrior took her back to camp. The warriors then had a 24-hour window to try and reintroduce the foal back into a herd. If the plan failed – a very likely situation – she would have to be reared by humans until she was strong enough to survive. The next day, the warriors missioned to find a herd for the baby. Amazingly, they found the mother’s tracks, followed them, found her, and reintroduced the baby who immediately began suckling. #grevyszebra#zebra#wildlife#kenya#magicalkenya#africa#protectpreserve#protectwildlife#livenature#conservation
Photo by @mia_collis. Part of a team of ten Samburu and Rendille warriors in northern Kenya from the @grevyszebratrust who track, protect, and monitor some of the last 2,800 remaining Grevy’s zebra in the world. Here in the northern rangelands of Kenya, @nature_africa is working with partners to improve lives and create a safe haven for Grevy’s zebra, elephants, lions, and hordes of other wildlife through community-based conservation.
Photo by @mia_collis. I get to travel to some awe-inspiring places, but without organizations like @nature_africa working hard to protect them, that just wouldn't be possible. I took this photograph in northern Kenya’s Milgis ecosystem. The early morning light was breathtaking as I looked over the dry riverbed just before the rains began.
Photo by @mia_collis. Hi there! My name is Mia and I’ll be taking over @nature_africa’s Instagram account this week to share a selection of images from my projects and journeys in Africa. I was born in Africa, my grandfather was a photographer, and when he passed away he left me with his cameras. Since my teenage years I’ve been passionate about photographing the diversity of this amazing continent. This photo was taken in the Chyulu Hills at a Maasai wedding blessing. The Chyulu Hills are a magical and lesser known part of Kenya that divide the plains of Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. Be sure to follow along! #maasai#chyuluhills#kenya#magicalkenya#visitkenya#africa#protectpreserve#livenature#photojournalism#seetheworld
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Photo by @amivitale. Last weekend we spent a few days collaring giraffe at @loisaba_conservancy with a fantastic @kenyawildlifeservice vet team, @giraffe_conservation, and @sandiegozoo. It was a great collaborative effort and fun to see everything come together after months of planning! Fitting giraffe with satellite tracking units will help us learn more about the movements of these incredibly graceful but sturdy giants so that we can better protect them. Stay tuned for more and read up on the latest: bit.ly/GiraffesinPeril
Photo by Michael North. This is a big deal. Our work to #SaveElephants – work that you've supported – was just featured on the premiere episode of Megyn Kelly's new primetime show and has reached 14 million people! We’re fired up about it, and think you will be too when you watch it. The segment uncovers an interesting trend that women, including our very own Kenya Program Director Munira Bashir, are taking a strong lead when it comes to protecting elephants. As a member of our Instagram community, it’s likely that you’ve taken action to raise awareness about the elephant poaching crisis as well by liking, commenting or tagging your friends in our posts. If so, your voice played a part in this win for elephants. Each action inspires another action and each story amplifies our voices. We have no doubt that there are new converts among Megyn Kelly's 14 million viewers: People who now stand up for elephants — and against ivory. Click the link in our bio to watch the video. And remember that it all started with you. @action4ifaw@lewa_wildlife@kenyawildlifeservice@megynkelly_ @nbcnews@nrt_kenya #elephant#handsoffourelephants#worthmorealive#stoppoaching#girlpower#protectpreserve#livenature#nature#conservation
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Photo by @mwarv. As East Africa continues to grow, Kenya’s coastal ecosystem will face increasing threats from development. That's why we're working with @nrt_kenya and partners to improve livelihoods and help local communities protect their natural resources for the long-term. "Fishing is my only source of income. I have raised my family of four kids through fishing. Now that I have ice and cooler boxes from the conservancy, I can fish in deeper waters, where I can get bigger fish." Click the link in our bio for more from OceanWORKS participant Mohamed Bwanaheri Kassim and to read up on this important work.
Photo by @jasonbhouston. Happy #WorldOceansDay! The Seychelles, a global biodiversity haven contains 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean. Seychelles’ economy relies heavily on its most important natural resource, the ocean. To protect it, Seychelles completed an innovative debt-for-climate-adaptation swap last year that gives the island nation an economic inventive to conserve nature and better prepare their population for climate change. Learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s involvement in bettering Seychelles: bit.ly/savingseychelles
Photo by Johan Swanepoel. "We have to stand together or we will lose them forever." Rampant poaching once took a heavy toll on the Kunene region’s black rhino. They were pushed to the brink of extinction as the illegal trade of horns and tusks soared from the late 1970s to early 1980s. At that time, a group of people concerned about the plight of these animals formed @savetherhinonamibia and set out to stop the slaughter. Thanks to the strong, joint efforts of SRT, Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, law enforcement, local communities and TNC, the population has since rebounded and includes more than 200 today. Learn more and support this important work: savetherhinotrust.org
#WhatsYourNature photo contest: Yaron Schmid (@yswildlifephotography) says, “When you have many objects running like crazies around you, you can either shoot fast and freeze the moment, or shoot with a slow shutter, and let the subject keep running in your photo forever. This shot was taken during the great migration, Masai Mara, Kenya." This is Yaron's nature, what's yours? Show us by submitting your favorite nature shots to our photo contest. There’s only one more day to enter! Link in bio.
Photo by @petersize10. It was an epic day in @nairobi_national_park taking photos with friends for our photo contest! Kenya’s wild heritage is amazingly beautiful and it’s time for more people to see it the way we see it! We hope that all of you will submit your favorite nature shots to our photo contest. You could win a 360 camera and lots of other great prizes. Click the link in our bio to enter by May 31 (that’s only a few days away!) or copy and paste this URL: bit.ly/kephotocontest
#Regram from @roshni.lodhia: "This year I had the incredible opportunity to photograph in Tanzania and Gabon for The Nature Conservancy which works to protect wildlife and wild lands. Here's calling out to all you photographers (especially in Africa) to showcase Africa's natural beauty. Let's help @nature_africa wake the world up to the importance of conservation with our best images!
Enter the @nature_org photo contest here: bit.ly/tzphotocontest
Plus you can win some pretty cool prizes.
The majestic black and white Colobus Monkey found in East Africa. This one is an hour from my home! They are my favourite monkeys- shy, beautiful, using branches to liftoff into great leaps from treetop to treetop. Unlike most monkeys, Colobus monkeys don't have thumbs.
#WhatsYourNature photo contest: "Bent" by @yswildlifephotography. "Watching this herd of giraffes in Maasai Mara, Kenya, showed me how graceful and gentle these creatures are. This individual kept itching her back, but whenever she reached it, she closed her eyes, like a great ballerina. After more than an hour of waiting, I finally caught one with her eyes open, and (hopefully!) captured her beauty with this image." Asante sana for sharing this lovely photo and story, Yaron. Feeling inspired? We'd love to see your nature photos! Enter our contest and share your nature with the world. Link in bio. #graceful#giraffe#kenya#magicalkenya#protectpreserve#livenature#nature#naturephotography#photocontest
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Photo by @amivitale. Amazing news: The security team at Oldonyiro Conservancy now has two new vehicles to help combat poaching and ensure peace. Oldonyiro is known by locals as an “elephant superhighway” and it’s also important habitat for the endangered Grevy’s zebra and other wildlife. A new car is exciting for anyone, but for the members of this conservancy it was cause for a big celebration. Narupa women donned colorful kanga and head-to-toe beads to sing, children from the Kipsing Secondary School performed dances, and many conservancy board members and other guests gave heartfelt speeches about the importance of conservation. At the end of the ceremony, the uniformed rangers stood at attention as two new, ribbon-adorned land cruisers — provided by @nrt_kenya with funding from @nature_africa — approached the group. The men hopped into the back, ready to test drive these new vehicles that have the power to change the future for all those in the conservancy. Great to see the new community conservancies around @loisaba_conservancy beginning to flourish. Head on over to the blog for more: nature-africa.tumblr.com
Beautiful photo and message: "This is where hope gets us." #Regram from @paulnicklen: "Today is #EndangeredSpeciesDay and you're going to see a lot of well-meaning posts in your feed about losing species. I want to deliver a message of hope, and of urgency. The humpback was once endangered. It was so close to extinction that many said 'let it go.' But those who believe in the power of hope and action and policy wouldn't let up. The conservation community stood up for the humpback. Activists stood up for the humpback. Governments made changes. Politicians listened to their constituents. In summary, people didn't give up. They fought. Today the humpback is on the rebound and in healthy numbers. This is where hope gets us. This is where action gets us. Don't give up. Forward, friends. We can do it. We must do it now. #EndangeredSpecies"
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