Photo by Karine Aigner @kaigner | A lioness makes her way across a stream as the sun says its last colorful goodbyes for the night. Botswana's watery landscape has driven certain lion prides to become specialized in hunting Cape Buffalo within these pockets. #wildlifephotography#lions#bigcats#botswana#cats
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | The kingpin of one of southern Africa’s most prolific wildlife trafficking syndicates, the Lin-Zhang gang, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison in Malawi, a testament to the strides Malawi has made against the illegal wildlife trade. In December 2016, Malawi passed a new act that gave courts the power to imprison wildlife criminals for up to 30 years with no option of a fine. In 2017, an unprecedented total of 36 years of prison time was given to three people convicted for poaching a black rhino in @liwonde_national_park . And now in 2021, the country has just closed another landmark case, notable for both the scale of the operation and because it led to the jailing of the first non-African nationals for wildlife offenses in Malawi.
Brighton Kumchedwa, director of Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife, said: “The message needs to be loud and clear: Malawi is no longer a playground for the likes of the Lin-Zhang syndicate that exploit our natural heritage, damage our economy, incite corruption, and pose a risk to national security. This is indeed a victory for Malawi—and a victory for our nation’s wildlife.”
The confiscated remains of the rhino poached by the Lin-Zhang gang in Liwonde in 2017 is held by a ranger from @africanparksnetwork . In order to evade capture, those who slaughtered this extraordinary creature removed its entire face with a saw. The futility of such slaughter is forever etched in my very being. To those who continue to protect the planet's wildlife, I’m humbled by your work. To see more follow me @chancellordavid .
Photo by @paoloverzone | A hike to the ice caves of Longyearbreen, a glacier in Svalbard, Norway, feels like time travel. The air bubbles trapped in this ice contains air from a thousand years ago. Due to climate change, Svalbard's glaciers lost their protection during the 1980s and have been melting ever since. Let’s act to protect this delicate Arctic environment—and our future. Follow @paoloverzone for more images and stories.
Video by @joelsartore / As Santa’s most iconic neighbors, polar bears like Koluk have been melting the hearts of people everywhere for decades. Yet despite their popularity, the species has continued to decline. Many of us find it difficult to know how to save a species threatened by an issue as large as climate change. My suggestion: become a polar bear protector by reducing the amount of electricity you use, which puts carbon into the air. Start by bundling up in extra layers instead of running your heater, or pledge to walk or use public transport instead of a personal vehicle whenever possible. Simple changes like these can do a lot to cut back on energy use, which helps to reduce global warming. (Plus it’ll save money.) Video taken @abqbiopark . To see more species featured in the Photo Ark follow me, @joelsartore . #polarbear#bear#animal#climatechange#saveourwildlife#PhotoArk
Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | While hiking up Sicily's Mount Etna as it was erupting, we paused to examine some twisted rope lava formations. During a pahoehoe flow, the outer skin of lava cools; the underlying lava is insulated and remains liquid. As it flows, it carries the cooler skin along with it, causing it to twist and fold. During the early stages, when the lava is hotter, these twists appear like ropes, but later, as it cools and becomes more viscous, the twists are shaped more like entrails. Beneath the solidifying surface, the liquid lava continues to flow, often draining out and leaving hollow cavities which over time collapse. Here an Italian cave explorer photographs the shapes of hardened lava.
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto | The patriarch. That's the name given to this millenary oleaster, a wild olive tree. It's struggling for survival after fires devastated Sardinia, Italy, in July. Not only was the great patriarch irreparably damaged, but thousands of olive trees in these historic groves have been incinerated or compromised—an economic and environmental loss. The extraordinary vitality and resilience of olive trees will allow for many to rebound. This tree is in "intensive care," with a tarp covering it from heavy winds and rain that could damage it further. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see how we can solve the climate crisis #solutions#environment#future#myEIB@medseafoundation
Photo by @camillaferrariphoto | Amrita, one of five in her family, lives in the village named Kota, in India's Bihar state, along a road continually cracked by passing trucks. When we met, she told us she wanted to finish school and attend college to become a doctor. Amrita’s mother owns a small chai shop along the road at the foot of a lengthy rock wall.
In 2018 and 2019 @johnstanmeyer and I traveled through northern India, retracing the path that journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek had walked in previous months, following immense river systems and experiencing everyday life around them as part of the Out Of Eden Walk—a journey in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors who migrated out of Africa. Follow Paul @outofedenwalk and his dispatches as he walks through China in the coming months.
Photo by Daniela Zalcman @dzalcman | Happy Native American Heritage Month! Nāoli Weller is a nursery school teacher at Nāwahī, a Hawaiian-language immersion charter school. Each morning, she leads her students in traditional Hawaiian songs. While teaching the Hawaiian language was banned for nearly a hundred years on the islands, a powerful resurgence allows students to spend their preschool, primary, and secondary school education learning almost exclusively in the Hawaiian language.
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial | Among the best hunters in Africa, painted dogs have a higher kill rate than lions and can take down antelope that weigh as much as 225 kilograms (500 lbs). Their grisly efficiency has made some people fear and hate them, but this beautiful apex predator is important for its ecosystem and in need of respect and protection. African wild dogs hunt in successful cooperative packs of six to 24 animals. Larger packs were more common before the dogs became endangered. Photographed in Selous, Tanzania. Please visit @mattiasklumofficial for more pictures of remarkable creatures. #wilddog#doglovers#protectbiodiversity#tanzania#predator#africa
Photo by @davidemonteleonestudio | Yamal, northern Siberia, Russia, 2017. In the last few years, global warming and pollution have affected the lifestyle of the Indigenous Nenets in this region. These communities of nomadic herders seem bound to disappear; permafrost melt interferes with their ancient seasonal rhythm and hydrocarbon exploitation is poisoning the herds on which they survive. Even so, they keep coming every year to Salekhard for a gathering of northern nomadic people. Their social fabric is still so strong that most Nenet teenagers return to the tundra life once they are done with their formal education in town. Follow @davidemonteleonestudio for more about this and other stories. #tundra#nomads#yamal#russia
Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | Crossing from one huge fish trap to another by rope, a fisherman carries his lunch bag in his mouth as he pulls himself through treacherous Mekong River waters in a section of Khone Falls, in southern Laos. Khone Falls is the largest waterfall on the Mekong River and the largest waterfall by volume in Asia. An estimated 50 million people rely on fish caught in the Mekong as a food source.