These eyes ... #Repost@joelsartore (@get_repost)
A baby critically endangered Bornean orangutan named Aurora, with her adoptive mother, Cheyenne, a Bornean/Sumatran cross at the @HoustonZoo. (Swipe for more)
The Bornean orangutan is the largest arboreal (tree dwelling) animal alive, with mature males reaching up to 220 pounds and growing to four and a half feet tall.
Orangutans depend on high-quality forests to live in. Unfortunately, many orangutan populations are located in unprotected areas where humans have begun to develop palm oil plantations and other agricultural farmland. Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on Earth and is used in 50% of all packaged products (including shampoo, lipstick, and ice cream), so the demand to continue developing these plantations is high. Deliberate fires set to clear land, as well as killing upon sight by developers, are a significant threats to orangutans. Taking young orangutans from the wild and exporting them into the pet trade is also devastating the species.
Since females give birth every eight or nine years to just one infant at a time, even a 1% decrease in female orangutans per year could put this species on a permanent path to extinction.
To see portraits of a Sumatran orangutan, check out @natgeo.
Tiny little eyass Cooper's hawk. The little baby had a couple maggots in her ear and a small wound on her wing with maggots in it she's really dehydrated and weak so hopefully with some care she'll perk up! Then off to be renested!
Pachuco is a sanctuary howler monkey.
After a long time in captivity he does not have the survival skills necessary to be released into the wild, and so will remain at wildtracks. He is not a pet. #notapet#wildliferehab#howlermonkey
Hey there, anyone home?
The youngest member of the Mile 40 troop loves hanging out of the double doors when I'm putting the food up. The Mile 40 troop are translocation howler monkeys that were in an unsuitable location in the wild and will be released to a different location once they're all healthy. They are not pets. #notapet#wildliferehab#howlermonkey
Moonshine is camera shy... That's probably why he doesn't have too many selfies taking up the storage on his cell phone for that perfect #nationalselfieday picture. On a more serious note: To all of our devoted animal lover fans, ALWAYS keep your distance and respect wildlife from a distance. And remember to leave the selfies to humans and the whole being fabulous in the wild thing to the animals (pass it on). #notapet#keepyourdistance#keepwildlifewild#selfie
It's fuxing hump day! Speaking of humping, in the wild, fux will often hump other #fux and other creatures to assert dominance. Juni sometimes will attempt to hump visitors and sometimes even her #motherfux and #fatherfux to show them who is boss in a display of her primal self. It isn't always easy having a little fux, but it is our life and we love it!