video by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage (@dswt) in Nairobi Kenya a young elephant plays with handler Shivegha Julius. Many of the young elephants at the facility have been orphaned after their mothers were killed by poachers. I was there specifically to photograph an young elephant called Roi who’s mother had been killed with a poison arrow in the Masai Mara. As elephants are social animals they need attention and affection - here Julius is giving just a little of what the mother would have given.

7/21/2017 1:16:11 AM 2181

Video by @BrianSkerry. A Shortfin Mako Shark attacks a mullet bait, towed by a fisherman in the waters of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest animals in the sea, capable of swimming at speeds of over 45 mph. Sport fishermen frequently use a mullet bait - towed at speeds of nearly 10 knots - to try and catch marlin, but Mako Sharks often attack the bait instead. Photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) built a special tow camera and used a high-speed video system to capture this astounding behavior in slow motion. Learn more about these amazing animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo), with a story featuring my photographs. Also be sure to check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo, available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold! #shark #mako #follow #onassignment #nationalgeographic #natgeo #photographer #photography #underwaterphoto #makoshark #newzealand #nz #pacific #fishing #travel photo #travel #photooftheday #conservation #preservation

7/20/2017 10:56:55 PM 1077

Photograph by @stephenwilkes I have spent the last week on a challenging and incredible assignment for @natgeo observing the gannets migration on Bass Rock . They swoop and dive most of the day but at sunset take some time to rest . Bass Rock is home to the single largest Gannet colony in the world and it was one of the most inspiring places I have ever traveled to . Follow me @stephenwilkes for more images from this adventure.#bassrock #scotland #gannets #birds #birdmigration #hitchcockbirds #iphoneonly

7/20/2017 9:20:36 PM 882
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Photo by @FransLanting Where light and darkness meet in nature beauty occurs. This is a scene from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. It is one of many federally protected landscapes that is now under scrutiny from the current administration for a rollback of their status under pressure from other interests. The American idea of preserving large wild landscapes for all generations to come has been an inspiration to many people in many countries around the world, and my hope is that the US can continue to be a beacon. Shine light into darkness by adding your voice to the conversation if you care. Check the links below to find out what you can do. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of these special places. @WildernessSociety #Monumentsforall @leonardodicaprio @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #light #wild #naturelovers #naturephotography

7/20/2017 8:43:21 PM 2065

Don't be a grumpy leopard, the weekend is almost here! This big male leopard was not happy with me getting so close to the puku he had killed earlier in the morning. If you are a leopard fan, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia has more leopards than lions. We saw three leopards the first day, three leopards the second day, and a leopard everyday for the next six days. Follow @BushcampCompany to see more great images from South Luangwa National Park. Photo by @kengeiger, shot on assignment for @natgeotravel and @natgeoexpeditions  #natgeolodges #natgeoexpeditions

7/20/2017 6:12:48 PM 1595

Photo by @pedromcbride - Pete McBride // A bull elephants moves up a dry river channel in Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, Africa. Due to the success in keeping poaching numbers under control in this region, 150 elephants from this @africanparksnetwork reserve, are getting relocated to another park to the north to restore an elephant population that was previously wiped out. New safety and security measures are now in place to defend against ivory poachers. To see and learn more, follow @pedromcbride and @africanparksnetwork #majete #malawi #500elephants #aerial #wildlife #nature

7/20/2017 1:28:49 PM 1287

Photograph by @paulnicklen // Some people see them as just fish. However, after spending hundreds of hours floating in creeks and rivers with salmon, I see them as gifted athletes with an incomparable determination and perseverance to reach their natal streams to release their eggs into the gravel for future generations of salmon. I am humbled by their ability to return to the exact stream in which they were hatched after several years at sea. Once they spawn, they die soon after and continue to nourish the environment around them. #follow us on @paulnicklen and @sea_legacy as we continue to bring attention to the importance of properly managing these essential populations of wild salmon. #fish #thefuture #mpa #20by2020 #nature #althletes #love #beauty #greatbearsea #nature lovers #instagood

7/20/2017 9:18:19 AM 1038
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Photo by @ronan_donovan // Lombard Street scenes here in San Francisco California. @erikalarsen888 and I am here with 41 high school students to teach them about photography and storytelling. Next stop, Yosemite National Park! Follow along for the trip with @natgeoexpeditions and #natgeostudentexpeditions

7/19/2017 9:36:34 PM 1044

Video by #chasinggenius | If we cover all of our parking lots and roads with just 15% efficient solar cells, we would produce 3x the energy that this country uses. By tapping into his childhood dream engineer Scott Brusaw is changing the world, making the planet healthier and our water cleaner. Big ideas can lead to even bigger impact. Feel the passion behind this remarkable story and be inspired to unleash your genius. Submit your big idea today at natgeochasinggenius.com to win $25,000. #chasinggenius

7/19/2017 7:32:58 PM 1168

Photo by @BrianSkerry. Close-up view of a Mako Shark in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. Makos are an endothermic shark, meaning that they can generate heat within their bodies. This adaptation allows them to swim into cooler waters to feed on oily fish, giving them great strength and fueling their powerful muscles. The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing gloval demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo. And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinatinh check, out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold. #shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwater photo #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #shark s #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador

7/19/2017 3:00:27 PM 3171

Video by @joelsartore | Costa Rican variable harlequin tree frogs are named for their many different varieties of colors. They’ve been known to appear black, green, red and golden orange like these two. Once common in the wild, this species is now critically endangered mainly due to chytridiomycosis, an amphibian fungus that is wiping out frogs in Latin America. These two individuals are part of a conservation breeding colony maintained by the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project @amphibianrescue in Panama. To see a portrait of these two, check out @joelsartore! . . #costarican #harlequinfrogs #frog #frogs #amphibians #criticallyendangered #endangered species #endangered #rare #wildlife #nature #wildlife photography #nature photography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #savetogether

7/19/2017 1:39:40 PM 1935

A white-fronted bee-eater tosses back a dragonfly to better position its prey for an easy swallow. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, is bird watchers heaven. This one was photographed while sitting in front of the Chamilandu bushcamp along the Luangwa River. Follow @BushcampCompany to see more great images from South Luangwa National Park. Photo by @kengeiger, shot on assignment for @natgeotravel and @natgeoexpeditions  #natgeolodges #natgeoexpeditions

7/19/2017 7:39:25 AM 2371
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - We are here in Grindelwald, Switzerland at the foot of the famous Eiger (pictured), Mönch and Jungfrau mountains at the beginning of a National Geographic Student Expedition program to the Alps. These peaks have provided countless mountaineers with incredible joy, but at the same time many have perished in such brave and valiant attempts to scale the great north face of the Eiger. If this vast wall of rock could speak, what would it tell us? #iphone #natgeostudentexpeditions

7/18/2017 9:27:28 PM 3574

Video by @babaktafreshi | Moonrise above Boston Light, America’s first lighthouse located on Little Brewster Island in the Boston Harbor. When I shared an image of the moonrise @natgeotravel, some believed it was photoshopped, not knowing about my 20 year career in night sky photography, and not familiar with these type of extreme telephoto shots where the foreground is far enough to appear smaller than the moon disc. I thought this video would help! To read the backstory, check out today’s Instagram Story and swipe up to see more. @natgeocreative #boston #lighthouse #fullmoon #astrophotography

7/18/2017 6:56:29 PM 7212

Video by @christian_foto The state of Veracruz is a region with one of the largest quantity of migratory birds in Mexico. There are more than 200 species of birds who travel great distances across the country. There are various migratory routes, including the migratory passage in the center of Veracruz, which sees millions of birds of prey pass through each year. In this area, a natural funnel has been created to maintain the specific passageway of these birds of prey. On one hand, the majority of migratory bird species need high temperatures and favorable winds in order to use the least amount of their energy during the migration. The mountainous structures of the volcanic system in Mexico cut its coastal plain in half. Migratory birds are not used to flying over these mountainous regions because the winds and thermal currents are not consistently favorable, thus obligating them to continue towards the strait of the coastal plain, which is the only side they can migrate in a concentrated mass. Video by @christian_foto / @prime_collective #veracruz #migration #birds #mexico

7/18/2017 4:21:01 PM 679

Photo by @joelsartore | Swipe to see some of the rare and endangered creatures I photographed while shooting #rarepbs , a series about the species documented in the National Geographic Photo Ark. Tune in at 9/8C to go behind the scenes of the Photo Ark, my 11-year project to photograph every species living in the world's zoos and wildlife sanctuaries before they go extinct. (Pictured: South China tiger, Iberian lynx, Cross River gorilla.)

7/18/2017 1:23:32 PM 2847

Photo by @mattiasklumofficial for @natgeo After weeks of hard work, tracking the asiatic lions on foot, we managed to sneak up on this mating couple. Most people think of lions as strictly African predators, but only because they’ve been killed off almost everywhere else. Go to @mattiasklumofficial to meet a curious young asiatic lion male a few meters away from my camera in Gir National park, India. Ten thousand years ago lions spanned vast sections of the globe, and so did people and as we multiplied and got organized we put tremendous 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. #asiaticlion #girforest #india #wwf #iucn #throwback @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @irisalexandrov @natgeotravel

7/18/2017 8:03:25 AM 6637