A curious young asiatic lion male a few meters away from my camera in Gir National park, India. Most people think of lions as strictly African beasts, but only because they’ve been killed off almost everywhere else. Ten thousand years ago lions spanned vast sections of the globe, and so did people, who—as we multiplied and organized—put pressure on competitors at the top of the food chain. Now lions hold only a small fraction of their former habitat, and Asiatic lions, a subspecies that split from African lions perhaps 100,000 years ago, hang on to an almost impossibly small slice of their former domain. India is the proud steward of these 400 or so lions, which live primarily in a 560-square-mile (1,450-square-kilometer) sanctuary. #asiaticlion#girforest#india#wwf#iucn#throwback#protectbiodiversity#mattiasklum#nikonambassador@natgeo@thephotosociety@mattiasklumcollection@irisalexandrov@natgeotravel
While working on our documentary "Vamizi -Cradle of Coral" we followed a few intriguing charachters as they did research on one of our planets most incredible marine ecosystems; Vamizi! World champion free diver William Winram and biologist Tessa Hempsen are both featured in these short sequences.
Vamizi, is one of the northernmost islands in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the coast if Mozambique. This ecosystem is home to some of the world’s oldest and most pristine coral reefs – a virtual wonderland of marine biodiversity. The Southern Equatorial Current meets the African continent here, bringing with it warm waters and an upwelling of rich nutrients. Sheltered by the coral reefs, the area is an undersea nursery, a critical breeding and birthing ground for hundreds of species of fish and marine mammals. http://www.cradleofcoral.com/ #mattiasklum#awardwinning#vamizi#protecttheocean#indianocean#mozambique#protectbiodiversity@tierragrandefilms@natgeo@irisalexandrov@thephotosociety@mattiasklumcollection