Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | A pack of 18 resident African wild dogs hunt dik-diks, a species of small antelope, at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. The wild dogs, also known as painted dogs, move quickly in packs within which they share food and assist the weaker members. With an estimated population of only 1,409, they are also are among the world’s most endangered mammals. @loisaba_conservancy is an important conservation area for @nature_africa and partners because keeping it intact and healthy will secure many benefits for people and wildlife. Follow @amivitale for more photos of amazing animals and conservation successes from around the world. @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #africanwilddogs #painteddogs #dogsofinstagram #africa #kenya
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | A pack of 18 resident African wild dogs hunt for dik-diks, a species of small antelope, at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. The dog’s Latin name, Lycaon pictus, means «painted wolf,» referring to the animal’s irregular, mottled coat. They live in packs that are usually dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. They are very social, and packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members. With an estimated population of only 1,409, they are also are among the world’s most endangered mammals. Preserving spaces like these and empowering local communities to benefit from conservation are among the best ways to protect wild animals like these.
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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | A tower of giraffes seeks respite and a little snack from an acacia tree in the Maasai Mara National reserve, Kenya. Shade trees are in short supply in the Maasai Mara, so it is not uncommon to find groups of animals sheltering from the African sun. #maasaimara #giraffe #infrared #blackandwhitephotography. To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Ken Geiger @KenGeiger | In the shade of an acacia tree, five sleepy cheetahs awake from an afternoon nap. After a good stretch, each cheetah backed up to territorially mark the tree. The five, all males, four brothers and a friend, then moved on to roam the savanna of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, in hopes of finding dinner. #kenya #maasaimara #cheetah #infrared To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Young African rainbow crabs like this one have a blue body, red legs, and whitish claws—colors that will eventually fade as the crab gets older. Juvenile and adult crabs of this species cannot remain submerged in water for long periods of time, so they will spend most of their time on dry land. Females, however, must return to the water periodically to release their eggs.
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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | All too often on safari you get caught up in keeping score of the animals you’ve seen, or trying to justify the camera gear you’ve hauled half way around the world—to which I plead guilty. Some of my best images are recorded when I put down the camera—as memories. Take a moment, allow yourself to marvel at the poetry of nature, the texture and relationship of the wildlife to the landscape. It’s unforgettable. #maasaimara #kenya #elephants #infrared To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Mattias A. Klum @mattiasklumofficial | I took this image in Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta, where hippos alter the landscape in and around this wetland, annually flushed by nearly 11 cubic kilometers of water. By virtue of their size, hippos move huge amounts of soil, creating water channels and paths on land that redirect water. This also creates habitat and shelter for other species. Hippos are truly ecosystem engineers! They also play an important role in this delta and elsewhere by fertilizing the water; they bring nutrients to rivers and lakes that wouldn’t otherwise be there, helping enrich Okavango’s plant and animal life. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see more images and stories from our projects around the world. A healthy delta provides numerous ecosystem services for mankind. #protectbiodiversity #africa #ecosystem #engineer #beauty @thephotosociety
Fish-eye view of planet Earth. NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik (@astrokomrade) captured this timelapse video from his unique vantage point on the International Space Station (@iss) , 250 miles above our home planet. He posted it to his social media accounts on Oct. 1 saying, “Desert sands, wispy clouds, and blue ocean, the cupola fish-eye spies many features along the spine of Africa in this #timelapse.” There are currently six people living and working on the space station, which is orbiting our planet at 17,500 mph. They are conducting important science and research on the orbiting laboratory that will not only help us send humans to deep space destinations, like Mars, but also has direct benefits to live here on Earth.
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Photo by Ken Geiger @kengeiger | Serendipity, at times, is simply a by-product of stubbornness. This lioness had taken down a young zebra for herself and her single cub. They were alone in the dark bush, the light was terrible, and after hours of waiting and watching it seemed that the scene just wasn’t producing an image—except for one minute at sunset, when the light broke through the bush and the cub turned to a distant sound. #zambia #southluangwa #lioncub #lionking To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger
Photo by Ken Geiger @KenGeiger | This clan of hyenas was literally playing an intimidating game of keep-away with what was probably dinner the night before. About eight cubs and juveniles took turns racing around this waterhole with a spinal column dangling from their mouths. It was quite a sight to watch the larger juveniles, who could have easily dominated, allow the small cubs to catch up and try to wrestle the bone away. The clan that plays together, stays together. #krugernationalpark #hyena #southafrica To explore more images of the #Africa follow @KenGeiger