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Photo by @amivitale | Sixteen year old giant panda, Ye Ye explores her enclosure at the Wolong China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China. Because of their low-energy diet, pandas avoid stressful situations and exertion. After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. I have recently published my new book, Panda Love, featuring my long-term panda work made on assignment for @natgeo. See more on my feed @amivitale. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals

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photo by @randyolson | words by @neilshea13 — At that time of year the water ran high and from a boat you could spot trails made by gravid females as they hauled themselves up the riverbank to scratch nests in fresh mud. If you were daring or hungry or poor enough, the nests waited like prizes at the tops of those raw slick ruts—caches filled with 40, 50, 60 eggs, each a tiny universe of salt and protein. The best hunters worked in teams. Some of the boys dug into the nest while others watched for mother, who might return at any moment. It was hard to imagine, during those rushed raids, the one-ton potential of the creatures curled inside the eggs—to imagine those baby crocs hatching and growing huge on a diet of dogs and barramundi, haunting the rivers for a century. Easier to just fill a bucket and trade them in at a croc farm for a few bucks. Anyway you’d never see how they turned out—flensed and stretched into belts. You’d never wear the expensive boots made from bellies and tails. Hunger was your outfit, and so you scooped out the eggs and let the cash warm your pocket for a while. The rest of us, having forgotten the ancient nightmare—the one about being eaten alive—watch from safe distance. We stay in the boat, daydreaming of close calls, Crocodile Dundee and animal welfare. Not needing to risk all for an egg, we pay for reminders of how often we ended up lunch. — #australia #topend #northernterritory #outback #bush #outback #adelaideriver #saltwatercrocodile #crocodile #barramundi #rivers #natgeo #photographers #writers #adryseason #watershedstories — Part of a series exploring the small stories that surround and connect us, and how we stumble through them—capturing, missing, and making meaning.

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto July 29th is world #worldtigerday and it marks a celebration of the worlds largest and favorite big cat. Tigers are an endangered species that need our help in a big way! There may be fewer than 2500 individuals left in the wild and scientists believe breeding populations occur in only eight countries and 40 population strongholds across Asia! My tiger work for @natgeo magazine over the past 20 years has taken me to document tigers in places as wild as Kaziranga National Park in India and northern Sumatra in Indonesia and I see the same threats facing this iconic species: poaching, deforestation and an increasing body part trade in China! When the demand for wild and captive tiger parts stops so too will the poaching of this beautiful cat! #wildaid “when the buying stops the killing can too" We need to unite in saving this iconic big cat that is an ambassador of wild places and human cultures! Tigers are also the most important apex predators in forests across Eurasia and when you lose them from a forest, deer and pig numbers can increase and the forest loses an important ecosystem engineer! Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe – oceans the rest.Forest, grasslands and mountains 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. Visit National Geographic's big cats initiative to find out how to save iconic species like this tiger and other big cats today! @natgeo @natgeocreative @nglive @africanparksnetwork #tiger #beauty #bigcat @leonardodicaprio #tigerday #worldtigerday #startwith1thing @wildaid #wildaid

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Photo by @florianschulzvisuals / Polar bears have found a way to thrive in one of the world's harshest environments. Their lives depend on the cold and the sea ice that forms every year. I photographed this mother and cub as they were resting on the last pieces of sea ice in northern Svalbard. Global warming is now severely impacting the home polar bears, reducing summer sea-ice in an ever-increasing rate. Even a few years ago scientist still talked about an ice-free Arctic ocean at the end of the century – today we see new headlines warning of an ice-free arctic ocean for the first time in 100 000 years already in the coming years. Please fight for our climate, call for a carbon tax. The planet needs it, not just the polar bears! Please follow me @florianschulzvisuals for more images from the wild side of our planet! #polarbears #arctic #savethearctic #wildlife

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