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The world's largest land animal. Highly intelligent and emotional. Elephants are more in touch with each other than most humans, and in touch with the world around them.
When we came across this carcass - it was incredibly sad - not only because we found two magnificent elephants poached for their tusks and left to rot - but because in the wake of this is a whole herd - a family somewhere close-by mourning these deaths, confused and scared. They pick up on it all.
Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111 000 over the past 10 years. Poaching is the main driver of this, the worst losses seen in 25 years. Even when accounting for new borns, the rate of killing calls into question whether these amazing creatures will still be around in a generation. Organised crime runs the ivory industry and I urge every one of you to watch 'The Ivory Game' - on @netflix to learn more.
We came across this carcass in northern Mozambique. The hardest hit by the elephant poaching crisis by far has been East Africa, but syndicates are moving south.
From permanently banning new drilling from the Arctic to designating 28 national monuments to signing onto the historic Paris climate agreement, our 44th president has fought hard to protect our planet for future generations. Thank you, President Obama, for leading the way—we will continue this fight and keep up this progress. #ObamaFarewell#YesWeCan
Just had the honour & privilege of spending some time with these beautiful Southern White Rhinos. Look how strong/powerful they are and yet so gentle. We have to save them from extinction. WE HAVE TO! #SaveOurRhinos 🦏🦏🦏
Photo by @joakimodelberg China's recent announcement to ban their domestic ivory trade was welcomed news indeed. But with other countries still in the trade, our work is not over yet, and elephants are still at risk of being poached. #JoinTheHerd#banivory#stoppoaching "When the buying stops, the killing can too."
In the heart of Raja Ampat, safe-guarded by the @misool.baseftin rangers of @misoolecoresort, is a dive site so special, so vibrant, so bursting with unimaginable diversity and abundance marine-life - words simply cannot describe it. But the true magic happens when the winged giants descend on the mount, casting their great shadows across the lush reefs bustling with life. Both species (oceanic and reef) and both variants (chevron and black morph) of #manta ray can be encountered during a single dive!
Mesmerizing video taken off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii by Aerial and Underwater Photographer and Videographer Uheheu @uheheu - it took a while to get a shark emoji so i'll start this trend now. manta ray emoji please! diving with mantas was one of my favorite experiences last year. l love how they charge at you and glide upward at the last second.
For those of you on the wintery side of planet earth...even wintertime calls for skin protection. Even an elephant would tell you that.
14 months old tiger cubs at their waterhole in Bandhavgargh National Park in India.
We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too.
If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also.
There are only 3400 tigers left in the wild! We need to fight for the right of tigers to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice!
Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families,
they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet.
They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not.
Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever
Check out Nat Geo and WildAid - “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid - Watch the Nat Geo / WildAid PSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MKjmsnEgM
Check out my NG Book “Tigers Forever”.
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Elephant family, Amboseli 2016
ATE, the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, is a not-for-profit trust registered in Kenya and the USA (501c3). ATE’s operational focus is in Amboseli National Park and the surrounding ecosystem; its influence reaches out to elephant conservation, management and policy-setting worldwide. Please lend your support to this wonderful organization. Cynthia Moss has been studying Elephants in Amboseli Park since 1968. Four decades later, her work is the longest-running study of wild elephants ever undertaken, documenting the lives and deaths of almost 3,000 elephants. The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is now a hub for research collaboration and training. @amboseli_trust
Thank you @creations4wildlife for helping to save #pangolins !!!
BIG NEWS: We are kicking off 2017 with the rerelease of our Pangolin bracelet! These animals are continuing to disappear at alarming rates and need our help to create awareness and raise much needed funds. Therefore, we decided to bring back our Pangolin bracelet, not as a limited edition, but as part of our permanent collection.
Inspired by the unique keratin scales of the pangolin and their habitat, this bracelet is made from Chinese rainbow jasper and unakite. The silver bead represents the strength of the pangolin when they curl up into a ball. Profits from this bracelet will benefit @WildAid's pangolin program and support initiatives to reduce the demand for pangolin products.
Poaching has resulted in a 75% African Elephant population decline in the Sebungwe Region of Northern Zimbabwe in just the last 10 years. If allowed to continue at this rate there will be NO elephants left here by 2025.
The lower jaw bone of every elephant death investigated is recovered for data collection purposes. This is what remains of the Elephants discovered taken for 2016... We need your help if we are going to reverse this trend in 2017 - donate directly via http://bit.ly/2eArUPO or buy a t-shirt http://bit.ly/2hGJAv0 to invest in the Elephant's future today.