Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Despite the fact that the brown bear is the most widely distributed of all the eight species of bears, and its worldwide population is stable, its North American range has declined dramatically. Once extending from Alaska to Mexico, its territory south of Canada is now limited to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington. Coastal bears diet includes salmons and clams, which provide the nutrients to build up the fat reserves necessary for the winter hibernation. Protecting these coasts means protecting the land ecosystem that depends on a healthy marine environment. Lake Clark National Park – Alaska Follow me @DaisyGilardini for more images and stories behind the scenes. #alaska#bear#brownbear#grizzlybear#conservation#lakeclarkationalpark
Photo by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | Chimps in good forest habitat in western Uganda—such as these in Kibale National Park, long studied by Richard Wrangham of Harvard University—produce offspring at roughly three- to five-year intervals. Beginning at around six months old when they’re strong enough, an infant rides on its mother’s back, as Azania here holds on to her mother, Lia. To see more images of our closest living relatives hop on over to @ronan_donovan
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | This is my last entry In celebration of Polar Bear week.
Being able to observe cubs playing joyfully and tirelessly for hours is a photographer’s dream, but it’s certainly not an easy task.
With temperatures that can drop below -50C, technical and physical challenges abound.
Cold is a challenge for your equipment as well as you yourself. If you’re uncomfortable you won’t be able to focus on the job. You must be clothed properly to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Knowing how and when to apply layers while avoiding perspiration is vital. Hydration is important but I’ve learned to manage my fluid intake as getting rid of surplus fluids is far from enjoyable in these conditions.
Once you’re physically comfortable, you face the technical challenge of operating a camera with all its small buttons while wearing bulky gloves. Finally, you have to accept the fact that after a while parts of the camera will freeze, and you need to find a way to work around that. Batteries tend to freeze first, followed by the control panels and back monitor.
It comes with practice. You must be skilled enough to work your camera in blind mode. The only way to learn is to keep shooting and hope for the best.
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Photo by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | The alpha male chimpanzee tears into the stomach cavity of a deceased red colobus monkey in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Like humans, chimpanzees adapt unique hunting techniques to access animal protein. Whether it's hunting monkeys or fishing for termites, wild chimpanzees have cultural learning practices that are passed down through generations. Learn more about chimps at @ronan_donovan and check out the a new digital article on @natgeo about chimps in Uganda.
Photo @ladzinski | A full belly and snaggletooth grin, a wild dog pauses to stare into my camera midway through a meal of freshly caught warthog. Seeing #wilddogs hunt and eat is not for the queasy, it’s a savage and quick dismantling of their prey. Wild dogs are the most efficient predators of Africa with an 85% success rate. They’re exceptionally loyal to the pack, highly affectionate and tending to the elderly and wounded that aren’t healthy enough to contribute. To see more photos of African wildlife, please visit @ladzinski
Photo @jasonedwardsng An equatorial sun hovers in the late afternoon sky silhouetting a Pied Kingfisher on its roost. An excellent fisherman, this Kingfisher can be an indicator of the heath of a water system and the prevalence of fish. .
I’ve never believed that you cannot shoot straight into the sun as some photographers espouse. Use whatever opportunities you have no matter the lighting conditions when working with wildlife. .
Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. .
Photo by @shaazjung | The forest was alive as the monkeys cackled from the canopy. We knew the tigress was around but the monsoon foliage made it difficult to identify her movement. After an hour of looking in the wrong direction, our guide whispers “tiger” and there she was, a stones throw away. What a beautiful animal. .
Photographed in Nagarhole National Park in South India. .
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Photo by @Shannon__Wild // I photographed this Magnificent Tree Frog mid leap using a makeshift studio setup in Australia.
Like many tree frogs, they have big toe pads to help them climb and stick to surfaces. These frogs are large, growing to 10 centimetres long.
They are found only in the Kimberley region in north-west Western Australia, this frog loves moist environments. Although it’s a tree frog, it is typically found on rocks not trees, and will hide out in caves and crevices where they will feed on insects and worms.
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Photo by @alexbraczkowski
A lion cub takes rest in a large euphorbia tree during the heat of the mid-day sun. Research on koalas 🐨 in Australia has shown that ambient temperature decreases with the height of the eucalyptus trees they climb. Even by a few degrees this makes all the difference in areas that exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit regularly. Similarly in Uganda where lions live on the equator, temperatures regularly jump above this. This cooling effect in the trees 🌳 might well be a key reason why lions in Tanzania, and Uganda have developed a tree-climbing culture. Follow me @alexbraczkowski for more shots of big cats around the world.
Photo @filipe_deandrade // This is the largest Megalodon tooth known to exist. Its around 7 inches long and weighs about 1 pound. The Megalodon Shark went extinct around 5 million years ago but ruled the ocean for 20 million years. It could grow to 60ft in length and ate Whales for breakfast. Whew...that's a lot of numbers and that's a lot of Shark. This tooth is owned by a private collector who turned his fear into fascination and began collecting teeth to make a museum in his house about 40 years ago. "What are you going to do with all these teeth when you die" I asked. His response..."Give em all to the local museum." Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.