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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah
Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | This is Bearzilla. Estimated to weigh in the 600-700 lb range, this is a really big male for the Rocky Mountains. What's interesting is that most bears in March emerge from hibernation lean and muscular, having burned through their fat stores. But not Bearzilla. I spent a few weeks watching him gorging on several bison carcasses along the Yellowstone River in March. Of the six other male grizzlies coming by to feed, Bearzilla was by far the largest and most rotund. He was also the only bear that was relaxed enough to nap and play near the carcasses. The rest of the bears ate fast and got outta there quickly. In this video, Bearzilla gets annoyed with the ravens, swats a European starling, and plays with his meal. It's a brief window into the day in the life of a Yellowstone grizzly. Video taken while on assignment for @natgeo Hope over to @ronan_donovan for more photos and videos of Bearzilla #yellowstonenationalpark #bearzilla
Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Boys play in a pond beside a U.S. special operations airstrip near the town of Obo, Central African Republic. In 2017, after the U.S. and Uganda concluded counter-LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) efforts and began withdrawing special-forces soldiers from the region, Obo and other southeastern CAR communities were left largely unprotected. Since then, armed groups have carried out attacks on these communities, often targeting people based on their religious, ethnic, or livelihood identity.
Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | Amber Hikes, community organizer:
"I am a proud Black Queer Woman. There's something deeply powerful about claiming all of those identities, identities the world has systematically abused, silenced, and tried to erase. When I introduced the rainbow flag with black and brown stripes to the world in June 2017, it was a radical act to highlight the experiences of marginalized folks within a marginalized community. We launched that symbol to raise awareness. To mark history. But most importantly, we launched it to declare loudly and proudly that we are here and we don't request visibility—we demand it. We are the children of Marsha and Bayard and Langston. We are the successors of James and Barbara and Alvin. We are the descendants of Audre and Zora. Of Essex and Joseph. Greatness courses through our veins. We, LGBTQ Black folks are divine—our lives and our legacies are ordained. Our joy and mere existence are revolutionary acts of resistance. I am Black. I am Queer. I am Proud.” For more stories and portraits, follow me @martinschoeller and @martinschoellerstudio .
Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | In early morning, a man stares out over the Cayapas River as a woman walks on the street below in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas. This photo was part of book project, in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A colorful alley in downtown Athens, Greece, caught my eye as I roamed the streets, capturing daily life. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | American speleologist and cave explorer Erin Lynch peers over her shoulder and down into the giant void of Cloud Ladder Hall. The fog gathers and remains trapped on the roof of this giant room, and although the floor is out of view and can't be seen because of the cloud, her echo reminds her that it is over 300m (1000ft) below. This really is a very lofty location to be suspended from a single rope.
Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The Frothy Frappuccino Pit at the End: High in the Rocky Mountains is where this river, the Colorado, starts. Some 1,400 miles later, this is where it unnaturally ends. I was shocked when I first saw this on Jon Waterman’s source-to-sea trip for @natgeo . This frothy mess of garbage and ubiquitous single-use plastic is just two miles into Mexico—90 miles shy of the river’s historic terminus at the ocean (we hiked the rest of the delta). The snowmelt that sustains the Colorado River and irrigates the crops of America’s salad bowl no longer completes its journey to the Sea of Cortez. For six million years the river did complete that journey, creating the largest desert estuary in North America, but today the demands for water are too many. Changing climate patterns and repeated drought are all adding to the challenge, making it unlikely that this lifeline of the West, often called the “American Nile,” will reach the sea again anytime soon. While many groups are working to restore some of the delta, there is a lot of work ahead. For more on rivers around the world, follow @pedromcbride . #ColoradoRiver #Mexico #raisetheriver #planetnotplastic #SourcetoSea
Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | Ryerson Hazel works for Superior Woods, a Guyanese-owned timber producer and exporter. The lumber in the photo comes from the purpleheart tree that grows in the rainforest. The tree's dull brown wood turns a deep eggplant purple after it’s cut and then fades over time. Tropical hardwoods are much in demand in Asia, where local supplies have been decimated.
Photo by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler | A rufous-necked hornbill brings a fig for his partner in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. The female is incubating their eggs in the nest inside a tree cavity–you can just see the tip of her beak. She is encased behind a wall of mud that keeps the eggs and young chicks safe from predators. The female does not leave the nest until after the chicks have hatched and grown (usually 3 or 4 months), and during this time she is completely dependent on her partner for food, delivered through the small opening to the nest–seeds, fruits, lizards, frogs, and insects. @natgeo supported me with a grant for this work #Bhutan #Conservation #RoyalManasNationalPark #Himalayas
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Photo by James Balog @james_balog | When I photographed this gray wolf back in the early 1990s for Survivors, my series on endangered wildlife, there were around 1,000 left in the contiguous United States. In 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began reintroducing gray wolves to central Idaho and Yellowstone. Thanks to their protected status, more than 5,000 now roam the lower 48.
But this spring the service announced that it plans to propose removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list and "return management of the species to the states and tribes." The Center for Biological Diversity told NPR in March that the proposal will “all but ensure that wolves are not allowed to recover in the Adirondacks, southern Rockies, and elsewhere that scientists have identified suitable habitat.” Meanwhile, Mexican wolves once numbered in the hundreds of thousands in the American Southwest. In 1975, the last seven remaining in the wild were captured and bred to save the species. Today, just 150 exist in the wild, where they’re defined as a "nonessential experimental population," a status that affords them only partial protection. And there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the world. Some researchers estimate that they could go extinct within eight years. Wolves do not have a voice. People do. You can “adopt” a wolf, donate to organizations protecting endangered wildlife, and tell your friends and family about what’s happening to this ancient ancestor of wo/man's best friend.