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Photo by @joelsartore | This adorable 12-week-old mink kit was found with its siblings when they were just a week old on a cold, rainy night in March when the den their mother had made in a piece of unused construction equipment was destroyed. An attempt to reunite the babies with their mother failed, so they were rescued by Nebraska Wildlife Rehab. When they first came into care, their eyes were closed, they weighed just a few ounces, and had very little hair. They had to be fed a specialized formula every two hours until they were stable, and then six times a day until they were weaned onto solid food. They are mischievous animals, which makes them a unique challenge to rehabilitate. They are fast and love to climb and swim and require extremely specialized housing with a variety of habitats that includes pools and dens. They also must eat on a very regular schedule -- minks, like all weasels, have a high metabolism and aren't able to skip meals like other mammals. At Nebraska Wildlife Rehab this species makes up a small part of the over 6,000 animals they care for each year, but their unique and challenging personalities always make them a staff and volunteer favorite! American mink are a common animal near bodies of water throughout North America. Being semi-aquatic carnivores, they prey on fish, small rodents, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Although this species has a stable population, its cousin (and the only other mink species in the world), the European mink, is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. @newildliferehab To see a photo of the other kits in the litter follow @JoelSartore.

Photograph by @simoncroberts. Tourists gather on the shores of Loch Scavaig in the small scattered hamlet of Elgol, lying in the shadow of the peaks of the Black Cuillin Mountains. A fishing and crofting village, for centuries Elgol has been the starting point for visitors to be taken by boat right into the heart of the Cuillin. It is believed that in the old Norse language Elgol means Holy Hill (Helga Hollr). Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #isleofskye #elgol #lochscavaig #thebritishlandscape

Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Enea, 6 - Ollon, Switzerland - Take a moment and think back to your childhood. The era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my series ‘Toy Stories’, I explore the connection between children and their toys and I try to give an insight into their tiny worlds and takes you on a trip down memory lane. ‘Toy Stories’ is the result of an 24 month round the world trip where I visited a variety of countries and cultures and took photographs of children and their toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found similarities between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function, or example protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. - Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have, it was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. // Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #lego #toys #play #kids #child #children #toy #kid #legoland

Photo by @edkashi Mary Pacherres Alvarez is pictured here in the Juan Bosco Dialysis clinic for her thrice weekly dialysis treatments in Sullana, Peru on Feb. 13, 2018. Stay tuned for more work from #peru, where @t_laffay and I continued our exploration & documentation of #ckdu with support from our @natgeo Explorer’s grant. @insidenatgeo #edkashi #oneshot #natgeo #photojournalism #peru #investigate #document #documentary #film #documentaryfilm #illness #disease #health #healthcare #dialysis #nationalgeographic #international #epidemic #portrait #reflection

Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // I take a deep breath in and build up the courage to leave the familiar feeling of my feet on solid ground. I exhale and give myself over to this foreign world, where creatures with gills, scales, and fins are better suited to survive. I feel it in my soul every-time I dive beneath the waves: how can I, as an underwater photographer, capture and adequately convey the richness of life here? It is a challenge I've pursued ever since I made my first underwater photographs here in Honduras in 2013. With each dive, my skills sharpen, my techniques strengthen, and my images get better and better. #follow my journey on @CristinaMittermeier as I continue to find my way with underwater photography.

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio Karymsky (Russian: Карымская) is a stratovolcano and lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, here photographed in winter, with the crater lake beyond. Karymsky is the most active volcano in the region and has been erupting continuously since a powerful earthquake struck the region in January 1996. The initial eruptions projected an estimated 30-40 million tons of pyroclastic material, saturated with acidic fluids, into the air, turning the nearby freshwater lake into a toxic chemical soup and decimating its ecosystem. Scientists are monitoring the volcano closely and despite the ecological catastrophe, Karymsky Lake is slowly recovering to pre-1996 conditions. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @natgeo @simonorfolkstudio #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #volcano #karymsky #Карымская #stratovolcano #kamchatka #ringoffire #камчатка #volcanology #instagramrussia #photooftheday #naturaldisasters #fineartphotography #seetheworld #aerialphotography

@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto Here children from a local village close to @africanparksnetwork @Zakouma_national_park are visiting the park and seeing the amazing animals. They see the wildlife up close instead of just on TV or seeing the tourists drive by their village, and wonder why they are here and what they are seeing - the children participate in the wonder of their park and benefit from the schools, healthcare and jobs for their mothers, fathers and other family members - a true ecosystem that works for the good of all. It is so important to include the local communities in any conservation effort regarding protection of a National Park and the animals which live within. Finding sustainable solutions so people and wildlife can share the surrounding areas. And providing jobs from the park for the communities - training to be guards, tourism and providing education and health care to the communities that live close - so the park, management and communities are their own ecosystem - all working to protect the land and the animals within. Without the support of local communities this would not work. The park is the largest employer in the region; thousands of people are getting an education and healthcare, and decency and civility, along with life, have found their way back to this once forgotten place. To learn more about Zakouma and other truly hopeful conservation efforts happening across Africa, please follow @africanparksnetwork @natgeocreative

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Photo by @CarltonWard | It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its native habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #floridawildlifecorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #pathofthepanther @FL_WildCorridor #floridawild #keepflwild#bear #forest #conservation #florida#wildlife @myfwc @natgeo @insidenatgeo

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Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans are clinging to each other at a rehab center in northern Borneo. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive in Asia. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Nearly half of all orangutans, a staggering 150,000 in all, vanished from Borneo during the last 15 years according to a recent study. Orangutans are also victims of the illegal pet trade—babies are captured by poachers who often kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our relatives on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our own lifetime. In recognition of @WorldOrangutanDay on August 19 I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting orangutans through public activities and through covert actions aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @Freelandfoundation @World_Wildlife and @WildAid need your help. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with orangutans and other endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicapriofoundation #worldorangutanday #internationalorangutanday #borneo #family #twins #orphans #endangered #wildlife

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Photo by @joelsartore | Mexican honeypot ants are named for the incredible way they store resources. These ants are like tiny refrigerators, stashing food for the whole colony in anticipation of dry seasons. Designated worker ants called “repletes” hang from the ceiling of their nest, while foraging workers bring them nectar and juices from insect prey-- which is edible with a sweet and tangy flavor. Their abdomens slowly become spherical and transparent as they swell with sugary liquids. They can reach the size of a small grape— some become so large that they cannot leave the nest! All of this work insures that the whole colony can eat even when food is not readily available. These little ants are so full of nutrients that they are often eaten by other animals— even humans. This is one of over 100 species of honeypot ant found in warm arid regions around the world. This species occurs in the southwestern US and northern Mexico, where they feed primarily on nectar and small insects. #honeypotant #photoark

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Photo by @edkashi Views of a sprawling new suburban area of Istanbul, Turkey on March 14, 2011. Turkey's economic boom has been particularly good to real estate in Istanbul, as seen in this new suburb. With the current economic crisis engulfing Turkey, which one can only hope will subside and not cause more harm to this incredible country, this scene is not as pretty as it seems. #edkashi #visualstoryelling #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #turkey #istanbul

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Photo by @amivitale | Naomi embraces Nadasoit at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Now that Nadasoit has become big and strong, she is following in the footsteps of the matriarch of the herd. She cares for the littlest, keeping them close to her and comforts those who are mourning or sad. She also teaches those younger than her how to do important things, like find the best brush to eat or how to navigate difficult passages in their daily walks. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. Learn more about how you can get involved and help support this vital initiative by following @amivitale @r.e.s.c.u.e & @conservationorg @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #worldelephantday

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Photo by @nickcobbing The dance known as The Lindy Hop (also called swing dance or jitterbug) is celebrated at a 5-week long dance camp in Sweden. At the weekly ‘Savoy night’, dancers from countries across the world pay tribute to a style of dance that originated in Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom during the 1930s, dancing through the night to the music of great band leaders like Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Dancers at The Herräng dance camp also follow courses or ‘tracks’ in blues, jazz, tap and balboa -all styles that have their roots in African American dance culture. Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning is fondly remembered with a street named after him in the small village that hosts the camp. Another of the original Savoy dancers, Norma Miller returned aged 99 to tell stories from a life shaped by jazz music. @herrangdancecamp #dance #jazz #lindyhop #frankiemanning

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Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Getting lost visually in the Arashiyama bamboo forest. This perfectly manicured grove of green, towering bamboo has an eerie quality of light making the stalks seem translucent. #arashiyama #bambooforest #kyoto #japan

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - May, resting on the hill, on Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - Heather moorland is rarer than tropical rainforest, and 75% of it is found in the UK as a result of grouse management which provides an incentive to conserve these moorlands, despite enormous economic pressures of subsides to intensify forestry and farming operations. However, the methods employed by gamekeepers on these moors to support a large population of grouse are constantly a matter of debate; management includes heather burning, and routine control of predators such as foxes, crows and stoats, which many feel abhorrent. But there’s also evidence that this management correlates with higher densities of plover, curlew, lapwing, redshank and ring ouzel - I’m indebted to #invermarkestate for giving me the opportunity to fully explore and understand all the complexities faced by estates such as this #invermarkestate in this hugely challenging and spectacularly precious ecosystem that is #cairngormsnationalpark #wildfire #wildlife #scotland - follow me @chancellordavid to see more from this extraordinary precious corner of our planet.

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A Caligo butterfly from the family Nymphalidae, transitions (wait for it) from the beautiful top side to the underside which acts as a camouflage for the insect. Butterflies and moths appear to be very delicate creatures, and yet they turn out to be much tougher — both in terms of their anatomy and survival skills — than previously imagined. What is the evolutionary connection between the moth and the butterfly? Unlike dinosaurs, moths and butterflies do not have bones that can fossilize and preserve. Their many wing scales, however, are made of chitin, which is the primary component of hard natural materials like crustacean exoskeletons and cephalopod beaks. The Late Triassic scales come from insects in the order Lepidoptera, which is the second largest order in the class Insecta and includes butterflies & moths, However, these butterflies evolved from moth-like ancestors. About 70 sturdy of scales from their wings have been identified in a drilled core from northern Germany. The ancestors of today's moths and butterflies, therefore, date to at least the latter part of the Late Triassic (251–199 million years BCE). The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, extend the origin of these insects by 5 million years since the previously related fossil record-holders — from the United Kingdom — date to 195 million years ago. There is little doubt that dinosaurs and other iconic animals from the time saw the insects fluttering around them, just as many of us do today. Thanks @davesweeneyphoto & @lookandseen #butterfly #mariposa #farfalla #papillon #borboleta #fluture #paruparo #schmetterling #drugelis #sommerfug @atedge #evolution #evolutionarybiology

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Photograph by @simoncroberts. The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland. As part of the Trotternish ridge - a 300m thick sandwich of around 24 layers of volcanic rock - the Storr was created by a massive ancient landslide, leaving one of the most iconic rock formations on the British Isles. The area in front of the cliffs is known as the Sanctuary, which has a number of weirdly shaped rock pinnacles created from the crumbling basalt. Legend has it that the Old Man of Storr gets its name because the rock outline and the protruding pinnacle resemble that of the face of an old man. Storr means big in Norse. Near the summit of the Storr, you can find one of Scotland’s rarest plants, Iceland Purslane. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #isleofskye #theoldmanofstorr #thebritishlandscape

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Photo by @TimLaman. A misty morning over the lowland rainforest interior of Waigeo Island. Habitat of the Wilson’s and Red Birds-of-Paradise, and many other treasures of earth’s and Indonesia’s biodiversity. See more from this spectacular island @TimLaman. @BirdsofParadiseProject, #rajaampat, #waigeo, #birdsofparadise, #papua, #indonesia.

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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) 21-month-old Afghan refugee Anna Rahmoni sleeps under a mosquito net outside her family’s tent in a camp North of Athens in Greece last Friday the 10th of August 2018, while visiting with @anikaphi of @unmigration and @rooswijngaards of @everydayrefugees to document the daily life of the people in the camp. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen

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Photo by @williamalbertallard // Montana, 2004 My English Springer Spaniel Buster scans the Montana fields as we look for grouse or pheasants. In the fall of 2004 Buster and I had driven from our home in Virginia to Montana where we stayed with some of my Hutterite friends at their colony near Stanford, Montana. Buster loved to hunt and it was so good to see him running through the tall reeds and grasses along the creek bottoms, snuffling and snorting, seeking the scent of pheasants that might eventually flush, giving him the chance to leap in a futile attempt to snatch their lengthy tail feathers. Even when he grew old Buster would still tremble at the thought of getting out to hunt. He lived to be thirteen and was a great example of the old saying that the only fault dogs have is that they don't live long enough. #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of Montana and other assignments spanning five decades. #montana #hunting #dogs #gundog #springerspaniel

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Photo by @ladzinski / Hummingbirds flap their wings 70 times per second, which is 4200 times per minute. As you can imagine it takes an excessive amount of energy to do this which is why these tiny birds eat roughly 1.5 to 3 times their body weight in food per DAY! To put that into perspective, I weigh 165lbs which would mean I would be eating the equivalent of roughly 248 - 495 pounds of food per day to match this! This little #hummingbird here is a #versicoloredemerald photographed near #iguazufalls #argentina. To see more photos from this beautiful part of the world please visit @ladzinski

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There are some stories that defy telling. They are too complex, emotional, technical. They challenge our morality. They are unwieldy and deep. It is a unique breed of professional who can wrap their arms around such a story and tell it with intelligence and heart. This is both a thank you to @kurtmutchler, Senior Photo Editor for fighting for the tough frames and thank you my Photo Sister @maggiesteber, for sharing your relationship with the Stubblefield family. But also, a critical message to everyone who sees the story of Katie’s new Face—Please ACT— Sign your organ donor card, Listen to your loved ones who may have depression or trauma issues, Volunteer for the local Suicide Hotline, and finally—listen, truly listen to those living through the fragile times of life—our youth and our elders. Photo by @ljohnphoto

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Photo by @stephenwilkes. A beautiful public park with great public art. Millenium Park, Chicago, Day to Night™ 2013 To see more photos from my travels near and far, visit me @stephenwilkes. #stephenwilkes #daytonight #millenniumpark #chicago #anishkapoor #thebean #fireworks