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Photo @michaelchristopherbrown I photographed Masika several times between 2012-2016 and was amazed with her resiliency, bravery and compassion. She continually sacrificed her safety to help so many victims over the years: “Rebecca Masika Katsuva (26 May 1966 – 2 February 2016) was an activist and a survivor of sexual assault from the Democratic Republic of Congo. During the Second Congo War in 1999, attackers killed Katsuva's husband and sexually assaulted her and her daughters, then 13 and 14. Her daughters became pregnant as a result of the assaults, and Katsuva and her daughters were forced to leave their home after being disowned by her husband's relatives. In January 2009, former insurgents, newly integrated into the Congo military, raped Katsuva for the fourth time. The former insurgents said they attacked Katsuva because she had accused them of assaulting women. She adopted 18 children, born of mothers who were sexually assaulted. In 1999, Katsuva founded a centre d'ecoute, also known as a listening house, in her home in the DRC, located in an isolated and conflict-ridden area. She renamed her center the Association des Personnes Desherites Unies pour le Development (APDUD) in 2002. The center serves as a shelter for women to recover from violent acts and provides medical help, and consists of almost 50 houses for women to live in. In the past decade, she helped over 6,000 rape survivors.” -Wikipedia.

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Video by @PaulNicklen // Rarely seen with human eyes, the stunning display of bowhead whales engaging in the act of sex play in the Canadian Arctic is a marvel to witness. To read more about these ancient, massive whales and @Sea_Legacy’s expedition to the new marine protected area of Tallurutiup Imanga please #followme at @PaulNicklen.

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@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto This is not an image you “LIKE” but needs to be shown and is published in Nat Geo Mag this month. Poaching of jaguars is rampant again like is was back in the 60’s and 70’s. It needs to be stopped and showing images like this is one way to make that happen - get it out in the press and hopefully Governments will be forced by their citizens to act. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more like this, unfortunately. In a community outside of Iquitos, Peru local indigenous people sell the skins of jaguars that they have killed. One village chief told us he hunts jaguar all year long as in October someone from a “Chinese corporation” comes to buy the 4 canines from each jaguar. The skins do not sell for very much as the buyer does not want them and they are illegal to export for tourists, as are the teeth and any other part of the jaguar. My @natgeo jaguar story came out this week - the December issue of National Geographic Magazine! and LOOK for our @NatGeowild Big Cat Week show which premiers on Dec 10th @ 9PM, filmed with the amazing @bertiegregory. Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for people who think they receive the “power of the jaguar through their teeth”, Chinese Traditional Medicine and now Luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid @bertiegregory My first story with big cats was the 1st @natgeo Jaguar story 20 years ago! It has changed my life working with the magical and magnificent cats of the world. Animals have emotions just like we have. @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @nglive #nglive @natgeochannel @natgeowild @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #fursforlife #BCI #bigcatsintiative @africanparksnetwork @jaguar #jaguar @bertiegregory @pantanalsafaris @leonardodicapriofdn

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Video by @BertieGregory. Extreme climber Alejo Sanchez descends down an enormous rock face deep in the heart of the unexplored Chiribiquete National Park, Colombia (turn sound on to hear him singing!). When he reached the bottom of this cliff, he made a remarkable discovery. He found a massive panel of ancient paintings featuring jaguars, people and more. This area is home to many of these paintings, representing some of the earliest evidence of humans in the Amazon. I shot this whilst accompanying a team from Fundacion Herencia, an incredible group of people doing real 21st century exploration. It’s very humbling to know that there are still places on this planet we know almost nothing about. But despite it’s remoteness, it is still under threat. We owe a huge thanks to Parks Colombia and the Colombian Ministry of Culture for their support. For more on this place, Stay tuned for @stevewinterphoto ‘s upcoming jaguar story for @natgeo Magazine. Also stayed tuned for our jaguar TV show for @natgeowild premiering in the US on December 10th. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A manatee calf hitches a ride - piggy-back style - on it’s mom in the waters off the coast of Belize. While working on an @NatGeo story about the Mesoamerican Reef, I frequently went out early in the morning - using only a mask, snorkel and fins - to quietly search for wildlife. Manatees in this region are far less acclimated to humans than those in Florida, and can difficult to approach. They typically spend their nights within thick, protective mangroves, feeding on nearby seagrass beds during the day. All of these ecosystems are connected and conservation of the whole is vital since animals depend on each other for survival. This mom and calf were very tolerant of me, and allowed me into their world that morning. To see more underwater photography, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #natgeo #underwaterphoto #instagood #follow #underwaterphotography #manatee #cute #animals #animal #followme #photooftheday #photography #travelphoto #travel

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Video by @joelsartore | Although orangebanded stingfish like this one at @GulfSpecimen Marine Lab are well camouflaged already, they’re also able to bury themselves in the sand all the way up to their eyes. Their frontal, claw-like rays are used both for movement along the muddy ocean floor and for capturing prey. These fish can be found in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean and are capable of delivering an incredibly painful sting. To see a portrait of this fish, check out @joelsartore. . . #fish #orange #stingfish #venomous #weirdnature #strangeanimals #nature #conservation #biodiversity #animalfacts #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natgeo #savetogether #photoark

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Photo by @christian_foto (Christian Rodríguez ) Portrait of Maria from "Rojochique" village. She belongs to Rarámuris (Tarahumaras) people. One of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had was to work at the northern part of Mexico, at the state of Chihuahua, in a region known as Sierra Madre. That’s where Rarámuris live. Etymologically rarámuri means “runner’s feet“ and in a broader sense it means “the ones with light feet“, referring to the most antique tradition they have: running. They’re known for their capacity to travel long distances at high speed in the complex topography of the region. The "Rarámuris" (Tarahumara) are believed to be descended from the Mogollon culture. #raramuri #sierramadre #mexico #méxico #chihuahua Photo by @christian_foto

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Photo @ladzinski / A pair of #JamesFlamingos strengthening their bond in a show of affection at Bolivia’s #redLagoon. The James is the rarest flamingo in #SouthAmerica and is the only flamingo the spends it’s time year round on the high altitude #AndeanPlateau, a place where temperatures range from +100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to -40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. To see more photos from the Andean Plateau please visit @ladzinski

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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The distinctive quartzite Tepuis of Venezuela provided the magical setting for Arthur Conan Doyle's - The Lost World. In the book the explorers traveled by very traditional means, but for us, we had the advantage of flying around in a helicopter to search for caves. We were very lucky to find this spectacular cave entrance, which was large enough to fly the helicopter straight into! Can you spot it on the rocks to the left of the lake? This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists from the Italian geographic exploration group known as ‘La Venta’ and the Venezuelan team ‘Theraposa’ were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is likely no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. @natgeocreative

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Photo by @Katieorlinsky | Northern lights and the glow from a nearby home in Ruby, Alaska.

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Video by @CristinaMittermeier // For thousands of years, as the days of summer wane, the salmon return from the sea. As the fish push in great pulses to reach their spawning grounds, on countless creeks and rivers, the excitement in the forest is electrifying. The fish are not only the vital vehicle that transfers nutrients from the ocean to the rainforest, as wolves, bears and eagles gorge themselves; they are also food, ritual, identity and tradition for thousands of indigenous communities. Find out how these fish are the magical thread that ties nature, communities and economies on the coast of British Columbia by #following my #instagram feed at @CristinaMittermeier. #TurningtheTide with @Sea_legacy. With @PaulNicklen #getfishfarmsout #respectnature #indigenouspride #humanrights #ReconciliationCanada #thanksgiving #salmon #firstnationspeople @gitgaatspirit

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Photographs by @robertclarkphoto #RealisRare #DiamondJourney, sponsored by @realisadiamond | As a National Geographic photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph locations and elements that are nearly as old as the planet. Photographing diamonds was another opportunity to see and learn by putting my hands on surprises from the center of the earth. Locating and accessing both rough and polished diamonds was more complicated than I thought. Most diamonds that I was able to find were from South Africa and were cut and polished at the source or in Antwerp, Belgium. But diamonds have a much longer and arduous journey long before they are presented to the public. Check our Instagram Story today to see how a diamond is created and learn more about what makes diamonds extraordinarily unique, rare, and precious at realisadiamond.com.

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