National Geographic Unveils Its 13 Best Instagram Photos Of 2017

National Geographic Unveils Its 13 Best Instagram Photos Of 2017 –

Kauai with his pet monkey

Iguanas live on the edge and the difference between life and death is a few degrees of temperature

This is what a starving polar bear looks like. Weak muscles, atrophied by extended starvation could barely hold him up

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // This is what a starving polar bear looks like. Weak muscles, atrophied by extended starvation could barely hold him up. Our @Sea_Legacy team watched as he painfully staggered towards the abandoned fishing camp from which we were observing and found some trash to eat—a piece of foam from the seat of a snowmobile, as we later found out. People have asked why we couldn’t help it, why we didn’t feed it. In addition to being illegal to feed wildlife, polar bears like this one need several hundred pounds of meat to survive. They primarily eat seals and they struggle when they are stranded for long periods of time on land, without a sea ice platform from which to hunt. We didn’t have a weapon and we didn’t have any food. There literally was nothing we could do for him as we were hundreds of miles from the nearest Inuit community. What could we have done? What we did do was push through our tears knowing that this footage was going to help connect a global audience to the biggest issue facing us as a species today. It is true that we don’t know what caused this animal to starve but we are certain that unless we curb carbon emissions, sea ice will continue to disappear and many more bears will starve. With these images, we want to wake the world up to the imminence of climate change and to how it will affect wildlife and people for decades to come. For solutions on how each and everyone can make a positive impact on this planet #follow me at @CristinaMittermeier or go to @Sea_Legacy. #nature #naturelovers #bethechange #FaceofClimateChange #StopFossilFuels #NoArcticDrilling #TurningtheTide with @SeaLegacy. With @PaulNicklen and our entire team. Thank you @natgeo for helping us try and reach the world.

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In cold weather, a normally reddish brown ermine changes into its white winter coat: a perfect camouflage adaptation for this small and fast predator.

Cheetahs are the most vulnerable of the world’s big cats, with cub mortality as high as 95 percent, often due to predation by lions and hyenas.

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Photo by @FransLanting Cheetahs are the most vulnerable of the world’s big cats, with cub mortality as high as 95 percent, often due to predation by lions and hyenas. Co-existing with those formidable adversaries is tough for cheetahs who are more timid and risk adverse. Long term studies have revealed that in the entire Serengeti ecosystem fewer than 50 cheetah females successfully raise cubs to independence on a regular basis. Here is one of these remarkable “supermoms" scanning the horizon for trouble with a cub next to her. But even supermoms can’t cope with the human threats they face in addition to their natural hazards. So, I’d like to give a shout out to the organizations who are working to safeguard a future for these amazing cats and hope that you will support them too. Thanks to NatGeo’s Big Cat Initiative, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Cheetah Conservation Botswana(CCB) and Panthera. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of cheetahs and other inhabitants of Wild Africa. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #CheetahConservationFund #Panthera #Endangered #Serengeti #Motherhood

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Greenlandic dog is not a pet dog but a working dog that Inuit hunters and fishermen use for dog-sledding. They are the least know casualties of climate change.

After over 11,000 photo submissions from around the world, our panel of judges has named the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year!

Seal Pups Kissing! Two harp seal pups meet each other on the pack ice of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, touching noses as they sniff one another.

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. Harp Seal Pups Kissing!  Two harp seal pups meet each other on the pack ice of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, touching noses as they sniff one another. Pups are generally born in this region during February, spending about two weeks nursing from their mothers before heading off into the frigid arctic waters on their own. The decline of sea ice over the last decade has created a serious crisis for these animals, as pup mortality rates have increased substantially. If the climate continues to warm and sea ice disappears, the future is uncertain for this species. To see more ocean wildlife, and to learn more about my experiences photographing for National Geographic, follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #harp #seal #pup #canada #arctic #ice #photooftheday #nationalgeographic #natgeo #harpseal #climatechange #globalwarming #instagood #followme #follow #saveouroceans #ocean #photography #travelphoto #wonderlust #travelphotographer

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“Eye to Eye” Inside every animal is an individual with its own emotions and needs.

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Photo by @FransLanting “Eye to Eye” Inside every animal is an individual with its own emotions and needs. When I photograph animals I try to bring out their personalities just as people photographers do that with their subjects. In Belize I spent several hours with this magnificent male cougar before he relaxed to a dreamy pose that I felt captured his mood. I share this image to recognize World Animal Day, October 4—a day of action for animal rights and welfare. The date coincides with the feast day for Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of the other beings on the great tree of life. @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #cougar #mountainLion #puma #bigcats #photooftheday #picoftheday #nature #beauty #naturelovers #animal #wildlife #worldanimalday

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Every night in Unalaska, I’d spot this red fox near the side of the road, charming drivers with its irresistible cuteness into throwing it snacks out the window.

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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo Every night in Unalaska, I'd spot this red fox near the side of the road, charming drivers with its irresistible cuteness into throwing it snacks out the window. On this evening, I spent a few hours watching this fox at work, using my headlights to light the scene. —————————– This print will be on display in my new exhibition "Aleutian Dreams" opening Thursday, 4/6 5-8pm thru May 27 at @hartmanfineart in Portland, Oregon (come say hello!) and also in LA at @richardhellergallery now through May 6th. Click on my profile link @arni_coraldo for a preview. Aleutian Dreams was also featured in the natgeo.com story entitled: "The Bering Sea: Where Humans and Nature Collide" #fox #redfox #alaska #aleutiandreams #unalaska #dutchharbor #laart #portlandart #pdxart #photooftheday #night #humananimals #wildlife #animal #foxy #hungry

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A clownfish peers from the tentacles of its host anemone in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea.

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Photo by @DavidDoubilet Celebrating World Oceans Day. A clownfish peers from the tentacles of its host anemone in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. The clownfish and the anemone are partners in the sea: the clownfish keeps predators from the anemone and the anemone provides valuable cover to an entire family of clownfish also called anemonefish. Papua New Guinea is a cornerstone of the Coral Triangle, a region in the Pacific Ocean known for its extreme marine biodiversity. It is critical for all us to recognize the role of oceans in our lives. We are inseparable from the sea, the ocean produces more than half of our oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. As the oceans go, so do we. Photographed for @NatGeo // @thephotosociety // #Ocean #Nemo #Clownfish #life #partners #beauty #WorldOceansDay For #MoreOcean follow @DavidDoubilet

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young mule deer inspects a camera trap near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Snow leopards are the ghosts of the high mountain areas of central Asia in which they live

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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo Today is International Snow Leopard Day!!! Photo by @stevewinterphoto for @natgeo Snow leopards are the ghosts of the high mountain areas of central Asia in which they live. The areas in which SL’s live are vitally important as they provide water for 100’s of millions of people. But the glaciers that provide the water are rapidly disappearing, which begs the question – what will the future bring for people and animals? Local people need to benefit from living with predators – snow leopards are persecuted by revenge killings – when they kill someone’s livestock a herder will then kill them. There are great community conservation projects where local herders can protect their flocks, making more money and saving snow leopards at the same time! Turning and economic negative into an economic positive – and saving snow leopards at the same time! Please visit National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative @ CauseAnUproar.org, to find out ways to become involved – to save big cats! Check out – Panthera, Snow Leopard Trust, WCS, UNDP, WildAid – Environmental Investigation Agency – Wildlife Protection Society of India, @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #leopards #tigers #lions #snowleopard #jaguars @bigcatsforever #undp #gef @africanparksnetwork @leonardodicapriofdn

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