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Photo by @beverlyjoubert | A possible future king of Duba Plains. The Okavango is characterized by wide-open plains of short grass interspersed with numerous termite mounds. These mounds are hugely important in this ecosystem. While termites play an important role in breaking down dead vegetation, their towering mounds provide homes to a number of animals—from warthogs to aardvarks. When termites emerge after the rains in millions—winging their way across the landscape—they feed many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals, and even lions sometimes. The mounds also supply important dry ground when the system floods, shade during the heat of the day, and an excellent vantage point for predators to survey the landscape and plan their next hunt. This little lion has a long way to go until he takes down his first lechwe, but from a good vantage point he'll be able to watch his mother and aunts as they hunt—and he will learn. #littlebigcats #okavangolions #TsaroPride #DubaPlains


Photo by @lynseyaddario | Iraqis watch a 3D movie in Baghdad for my @natgeo story, ‘Baghdad after the Storm.’ Moviegoers at Baghdad's first 4D cinema get an extra thrill from shaking seats and wind machines during a 3D sci-fi film. During the worst years of violence, families stayed home to watch TV or DVDs. Most cinemas closed, as did this one, though it now has plans to expand and reopen. Despite hardships and lingering violence, residents imagined a new version of the ancient city. February 2010.
#photojournalism #itswhatido #lynseyaddario


Photos by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | These explore the role and function of toys in the lives of children around the world. The photographs reflect the impact of the children’s backgrounds and families on their choice of toys and highlight the universality of play. From my project TOY STORIES. Photo N1 - Watcharapon, 3. Bangkok, Thailand /// Photo N2 Ayotomiwa, 4 - Lagos, Nigeria /// Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children #toy #kid #thailand #bangkok #nigeria #lagos #tv #game #games #playing


Photo by @BrianSkerry | A group of happy Spotted Dolphins engaged in socializing behavior in the Bahamas. After humans, dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, relative to body size, but their brains function different than humans. Dolphins keep half of their brain awake while sleeping because they are voluntary breathers and must also remain vigilant for predators. They also see much of their world acoustically using echolocation. For researchers, understanding dolphin lives is a challenge due to finding long-term, predictable populations to study, dealing with weather and being unable to spend long times underwater to observe them. Because of this, dolphins' complex lives remain largely a mystery and understanding the full extent of how these animals live may take a long time.

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Photo by @ladzinski | #Iceland's fluted basalt columns aren't just pretty to look at, they're also great for climbing. Professional climber @jessroskelley minding the gap after a quick lap up an isolated pillar.


Photo by @ladzinski | Standing under a supercell is an ominous feeling, completely unpredictable yet beautiful to behold. This #mesocyclone at the center of this monster was sucking dirt into the sky and churning it right back down, creating a massive dust storm over #Ralls, Texas, and the surrounding fields of wheat.


Photo by @TimLaman | Closeup detail of sea star in Coiba National Park. Central America’s largest uninhabited island, Coiba sits just off the Pacific coast of Panama and has many endemic species of animals and plants. It was a penal colony for almost 100 years until 10 years ago, so it is covered with lush rainforest. I am back again this week focusing on the underwater realm. Stay tuned for new pics! #Coiba, #Panama, @thephotosociety, @natgeocreative.


Photo by @BrianSkerry | The giant tail of a North Atlantic Right Whale, dripping with water as the animal begins a deep dive in Canada’s Bay of Fundy on an autumn afternoon. The North Atlantic Right whale is the most endangered species of whale on the planet, with only about 500 remaining. Their populations have never recovered from the whaling days due to the fact that they are ‘urban whales’ and live along the eastern seaboard of North America where they must contend with industrialization. In 2017, 17 North Atlantic Right Whales died, mostly due to entanglement in fishing gear. Ship strikes kill whales each year as well. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo.
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Photo by @stevewinterphoto |GREAT NEWS!
The Chinese government, bowing to international pressure from environmental groups, stated it would temporarily reinstate a ban on the use of rhino horn and tiger bone. Tiger parts were taken off the approved list of medicines more than two decades ago. Rhino horn has no medicinal value; it's made of keratin, - like our hair or fingernails.
Chinese medicine consists primarily of herbal remedies; a small but very lucrative market exists for rhino horn and tiger bone and parts of other endangered species. Tiger parts are used by the wealthy as status symbols, such as tiger skin furniture or tiger bone wine.
China breeds tigers in farms, a practice that has to stop to save wild tigers. India is the home of the largest population of tigers like the one above, but Indians typically do not use tiger products. Check out @wildlifeprotectionsocietyofindia @eiaenvironment @WildAid @IFAW @africanparksnetwork


Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Vibrant fall foliage in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the neighboring White Mountains of New Hampshire. #northeastkingdom #autumncolors #newengland


Photo by @drewtrush | The Road. As a photographer, I spend an inordinate amount of time on it, as I work to bring you images from our planet that you have never seen before. We're all on it actually, though some people's may curve a little more than others. No matter how dark it gets, or how tough it may seem, remember that the light at the end of the tunnel will always shine through the darkness showing you the way. #commonground


Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Pyramid of Khafre, 2,500 B.C., as seen last week from my motorized paraglider over Giza. I couldn’t stop imagining of the sight of it being built, with the mass of humanity toiling to satisfy one man’s quest for eternity.
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