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Photo by @jasperdoest | I never expected to have family members being published in @nategeo magazine, but it happened after visiting my cousin Odette and her flamingo named Bob. Odette, who is a veterinarian in Curaçao, rescued the bird after it crashed against a hotel window and ended up beside the swimming pool with an injured left wing and concussion. These and other injuries prevented his return to the wild. He now lives with his rescuer, who named him Bob and turned him into the bird ambassador of her conservation education charity @fdoccuracao. Find out more about Flamingo Bob in the February issue or follow @jasperdoest. #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #flamingolove #family

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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo | A glaucous-winged gull takes a flight break on the icy bow of a Bering Sea crabbing vessel that's en route to the opilio (snow crab) fishing grounds near St. Paul Island, Alaska. During my years working as a crab fisherman, we were never alone at sea. No matter how stormy the weather and how far from land, seabirds were always following us, or using the bow of the boat as a rest stop and cleaning platform. This gull is finding his sea legs during the calm before a storm. #alaska #commercialfishing #birdsofinstagram #fishwork #seagull

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | When you visit the Virunga Volcanoes National Park, you often have to hike for miles up the steep, slippery slopes of the mountain in hopes of finding a family of mountain gorillas. Our first day was a disaster, as we hiked for hours, only to find the gorillas hiding deep in the bush. Not one to be discouraged, I was pleased on our last day when our guide signaled us to be quiet because he spotted a group of these beautiful animals resting ahead. I loved watching this young gorilla peek at me as it laid on the forest floor. They say the eyes are the windows into our soul, and I truly believe that! All four subspecies of gorillas in the world are either endangered or critically endangered. We can all make a difference to the future of gorillas like this one by supporting organizations that protect them. Follow me @Mitty to learn more about the influence and impact of conservation communication, and my journey to becoming a @NatGeo photographer. With @PaulNicklen #Conservation #Gorilla #Rwanda #WildlifePhotographer

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Photo by @williamodaniels | Central African Republic, 2014. A woman cooks for a patient in the kitchen of the hospital in Bambari, one of the towns most affected by the civil war that began in 2013. The country has been vulnerable ever since gaining independence from France in 1960, and ranks as one of the least developed countries in the world. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories.

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Photo by @estherhorvath | There's no TV, no radio, no cell or internet connection at Greenland's Station Nord. Six Danish soldiers are stationed here for a two-year posting, and between September and March they are completely alone. Then the first scientists arrive to conduct climate research, and the soldiers are happy to see other human beings again. The station is essentially disconnected from the outside world, which forges a strong bond between the people who live and work there together. Here scientists and soldiers stop for a lunch break in minus 38°C (-36°F) during their fieldwork on the Arctic Ocean. For more, see "Eyes on the Ice," published in the September 2019 issue.

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Photo by @carltonward | Illuminated by the brake lights on his horse trailer, Seminole cowboy Josh Jumper prepares for a day’s work at the Big Cypress Reservation during the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s annual cattle sale roundup, in July. I am thankful to all of my Seminole friends who have shared some of their Everglades world with me. Members of the tribe who are ranchers are continuing centuries of heritage that began in the 1500s, when the Spanish first brought cattle and horses to the New World via Florida. Today the Seminole Tribe of Florida is one of the top ten producers of beef cattle in the United States, and their rangelands provide critical habitat for the Florida panther and other endangered wildlife. @pathofthepanther #heritage #nativepride #cowboy #floridawild #keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @seminoletribune @flcattlemen @freshfromflorida

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Photo by @thomaspeschak | Swimming in tandem, shark and surfer are portrayed in harmonious coexistence. Aliwal Shoal, near Durban in South Africa, is a popular dive site where visitors can swim with sharks in close quarters. The surfer is actually testing a prototype surfboard with a built‑in electronic shark deterrent. Here the deterrent is switched off, allowing the curious blacktip shark to check out the surfer. But when it was switched on, the shark immediately moved away, its sensitive electromagnetic organs having been overstimulated. Even without the use of experimental deterrents, the risk of shark bites is already incredibly low; in 2018 worldwide there were just 66 unprovoked bites, of which four were fatal. For more shark photographs follow @thomaspeschak.

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Photo by @amytoensing | Long solstice evenings provide plenty of trampoline time in the Werk family’s backyard in Hays, Montana. The Werks, members of the Aaniiih tribe, live and ranch along the edge of an ambitious conservation project in central Montana. The American Prairie Reserve (APR), an independent, nonprofit organization, is working to create the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 by stitching together 3.5 million acres of private and public lands. APR’s goal is to remove all the cattle and replace them with 10,000 free-roaming bison, and allow this temperate grassland, one of the four left on our planet, to thrive and be forever protected. However, most ranching families that have worked this land for the last 125 years see this as a threat to their way of life. Many Native Americans, like the Werk family, whose ancestors lived on this land for tens of thousands of years before being forcibly pushed off, are wary of outsiders taking over but thankful to see the return of the bison. Says Toby Werk: “We know firsthand what it’s like to be taken off the land and destroyed.” In the February issue, the story “Prairie Divide” looks at this complex conservation project and how it’s impacting the land and the people who live there.

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Photo by @stevewinterphoto | From the "Tiger Next Door" in the December 2019 issue: Backstage in Spokane at a VIP reception at an illusionist's show which features two tigers.

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Photo by @stephenwilkes | While scouting locations in southern Iceland, I captured the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall drops 197 feet (60 meters) and is part of the Seljalands River. I was so mesmerized by the waterfall that I almost didn’t notice a tourist who was photographing on the opposite side. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes. #DayToNight #StephenWilkes #Iceland #waterfall #Seljalandsfoss

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Photo by @jimmychin | Walking the walk. @conrad_anker climbs a new route on Ulvetanna, aka the Wolf’s Fang in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. For more images of mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin

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Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | This complex rock art panel on the San Rafael Swell, in Utah, has engravings that span thousands of years—from the archaic era to modern times. The site sits on a conspicuous rock overlooking the junction of a major creek with its tributary. The images are incredible. There is also considerable evidence of vandalism, as someone tried to take some of the engravings off the rock wall with a chisel. One of the reasons I started the nonprofit @ancientartarchive is to digitally preserve and share sites like this. Follow me @salvarezphoto and the @ancientartarchive for more.

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