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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid for @natgeo - At the edge of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, in a community-run wildlife reserve called Nyae Nyae, where roughly 2800 San people live today in unyielding conditions, villagers shovel dirt over the skull of a bull elephant hunted earlier in the day. It will be dug up about a week later when the muscles around the tusks have receded. The hunter will take the tusks home, while the meat, and a portion of the fee will go directly to community members, and to fund for conservation projects to protect the area’s wildlife. There is a trophy hunt limit of five elephants a year in Nyae Nyae representing real money, and a vital source of protien to the San. Seen from the air Africa can appear as an illusion, rich velds and dramatic rifts, wide deserts and thundering rivers, these seemingly vast stretches of unfettered, unpopulated wild ostensibly forgotten by time and people. At a glance, it could be a repository for all our ideas about wilderness at its wildest. And yet today no patch here goes unclaimed, whether it’s marked, monetized, or fought over. The animals that roam the land have become commodified, part of a new consumerism, marketed and sold, their brands pitted against each other, their continued existence now a question of human demand, whim, and calculation. Wild game is the continent’s version of crude oil—and it too will run out someday. Revenues of hundreds of millions in federal excise taxes levied on hunters go directly to wildlife management and related activities each year in the U.S. alone. And anyone who keeps a freezer full of venison is likely to tell you that the act of killing your own dinner in the wild is more humane than buying the plastic-wrapped meat of industrially raised livestock. This hugely complex relationship that exists between man and animal, the hunter and the hunted, has always been one of the most difficult to navigate; we need to create a space for much needed dialogue, we can not, and should not simply turn away. This story is out in Octobers issue of the magazine, and online. To see more of my work and projects follow me here @natgeo and @chancellordavid.

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Photograph by @cookjenshel The Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. We’re noting this occasion with a photograph from our @natgeo story “The Wisdom of Trees,” published in the March 2017 issue. This remarkable tree is called Pando (Latin for “I Spread”), and although it looks like an Aspen forest, it is a single clonal organism – with a long list of superlatives. At 80,000 years old, it is the oldest organism on Earth. It weighs 13 million pounds, making it the heaviest organism on Earth. And it is comprised of over 40,000 genetically equivalent trunks, with a root system extending over 106 acres. Pando lives in Fishlake National Forest, Utah. This most amazing tree (and many others) is included in our forthcoming book entitled “Wise Trees,” which Abrams Books will be releasing on October 17th. Thanks also to the National Geographic Expedition Council for their support of this project. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @abramsbooks # WiseTrees #NationalGeographicExpeditionCouncil #autumn #autumnequinox #treelover #naturelover #fishlakenationalforest

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Photo by @FransLanting This female black rhino and her calf are massive, armed with horns and protected by thick skin, and yet they are utterly vulnerable. All ears pointing my way. Rhinos make up for not seeing well with a sharp sense of hearing. The calf is just curious, and has no clue what is going on. But we know what is happening to them across Africa and Asia. Rhinos are in imminent danger of extinction in the wild. And that is why we need to celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22—to draw attention to them and to the organizations that are making a difference where it matters, in the hallways of governments and in the front lines of protection on the ground so that rhinos will have a fighting chance. Support the World Wildlife Fund in its efforts to establish an International Court for Wildlife Crimes; support Wild Aid for its campaigns to influence consumers in China and Vietnam and support the Lewa Conservancy for its efforts to maintain a sanctuary for rhinos in Kenya. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories about rhinos and how you can help. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @wildaid @world_wildlife @SaveTheRhino @lewa_wildlife #wildaid #Rhino #WorldRhinoDay #SaveTheRhino #AspinallFoundationn #celebrate #protection #naturelovers @rememberingrhinos #rememberingrhinos

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Photo: @andy_mann // An estimated 50 large bull sharks aggregating off Pacific Harbor, Fiji. A location simply known as "shark reef." Local villagers have been working with these sharks for over a decade, turning this reef into a well studied and protected marine resource. By doing so, it brings economic stimulus to the area through commercial diving and educating people on the importance of a healthy shark population. @sea_legacy // Please #followme @andy_mann to see and learn more about sharks and their vital role in a healthy marine ecosystem. 🦈

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Video by @tbfrost | This is a Grey Crowned Crane, found in Eastern and Southern Africa. I was filming it in slow motion with my phone, mesmerized by its staggering beauty, when I guess it decided the phone looked appetizing and began pecking at it! I immediately left it alone after this as it was obvious it wasn't a fan of phones , people, or thought the phone was food - and I didn't want to disturb it. Now onto more important information: It grows about 3 feet tall and is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is the national bird of Uganda and is one of two crane species that can roost in trees thanks to a long hind toe. My favorite thing about this crane though Is the light colored eyelid that closes as the crane pecks at my phone. Can you see it? That is called a nictating membrane , it is an inner eyelid that closes when the bird thrusts its head underwater to catch a fish or other prey items. It protects the eye and allows the crane to see underwater. Why I really like this is that it shows cranes and many other birds are closely related to crocodiles, my favorite animal and the subject of my latest work for nat geo. This crane was in captivity as part of an important conservation breeding program. To see another video of this beautiful bird follow me @tbfrost

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. A Sperm Whale rests just below the surface in the waters off the Azores in the North Atlantic. The largest of all “toothed whales,” the Sperm Whale was once believed to be a monster, but is actually an elusive and gentle animal. Sperm whales have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, but much of their complex lives remains a mystery, with researchers continually challenged in understanding these creatures. To see more underwater photography, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram! Shot on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine. #spermwhale #whale #azores #north #atlantic #monster #underwater #photography #nat #geo #nationalgeographic #natgeo #research #whales #photooftheday #instagood #wanderlust #travelphoto #traveller #followme #follow`

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Video by @paulnicklen // Key to life on the British Columbia coast is salmon. During the fall months, millions of Pacific salmon run up the rivers and small creeks along this rich coast. With the scent of salmon rolling up the hills, Spirit Bears (Kermode Bears) descend from the berry and crab apple patches to do their final feast of the season on fat and protein rich fish before their long winter's sleep. #follow me on @paulnicklen to see my favorite images of #spiritbears, #grizzlybears, #blackbears and #polarbears. With @cristinamittermeier and @kyle.roepke #feast #bear #nature #naturelovers #fish #food #expedition #thejourney #mpa #instagood #video

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Video by @katieorlinsky | Sharks circle a living bait ball inside Johnny Morris’ @wondersofwildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, MO. This week, @bassproshops celebrates the opening of @wondersofwildlife—the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world that honors and celebrates the conservationists who act as stewards of the land and water. - Check out today’s Instagram Story to get a peek inside the brand-new 320,000-square foot experience, which boasts a 1.5 million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish and countless interactive displays featuring mammals, reptiles, and birds—all bringing visitors eye-to-eye with an incredible collection that celebrates and encapsulates the beauty of our natural world.

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Video by @jimmy_chin Morning romp on the big stone. El Capitan, Yosemite. Shooting on assignment for @natgeo. For more photos and video from this project, follow @jimmy_chin

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Photo and caption by @petekmuller. The mornings are brisk in Kenya's Muranga County, particularly at this time of year. Fog defines the early hours, especially in the county's upper reaches where the altitude climbs to nearly 6200 feet (1850 meters) above sea level. This rural county, approximately 2 hours north of the capital city of Nairobi, is home to lush and seemingly endless tea plantations, beautiful rolling hills and gin-clear rivers. While many relish Kenya's world-famous savannas, I often opt for its rich, green highlands instead. I pack my fly fishing rod, my pup, a few days worth of food and set out for these serene and restorative hills. Follow @petekmuller for experiences, adventures and observations from Kenya and beyond. #Kenya #Africa #nature #outdoors #green #fishing

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Photo by Stephanie Sinclair @stephsinclairpix @tooyoungtowed // A young wife with her husband and four children in Yemen. The World Health Organization reports an estimated 16 million adolescents between 15 and 19 – and another 1 million under the age of 15 – give birth each year. The younger the bride is when married, the less say she will have in family planning and the more likely it is that she will have complications during delivery. This image is part of a 175-image exhibition titled “Too Young to Wed,” which is the inaugural exhibition at the new L’Arche du Photojournalisme, atop at the prestigious Grand Arche de la Défense in Puteaux, Paris. Many of the images were made #onassignment for @natgeo, including this one. The show, which opened June 1 and runs through this Sunday, Sept. 24, is complete with educational information about the dangers of #childmarriage and the efforts underway around the world to end the global practice – including our work at our nonprofit organization of the same name, @TooYoungToWed. To learn more about the exhibition please visit the link to my blog in my bio @stephsinclairpix . #endchildmarriage #tooyoungtowed #girls #letgirlslearn #photojournalism #exhibition #yemen #paris

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