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List natgeo's Instagram Photos by @renan_ozturk // This is what one of the steepest ice climbs on the planet looks like.  @bookofsamuel climbed it without a fall but won't give it a grade. This kind of glacial ice is a different type of endeavor, more of a creative process where you 'construct' your climb by pre-setting the ice screws and icepick placements by using your longest ice screw. There is no way you could even swing into the ice on this near horizontal roof without doing it this way, the physics just don't work out. After it was built sam's execution was a ballet of 'figure-4' and 'figure-9' movements in which he swung his leg over his arms to leverage to the next pick placement, balancing power and grace. And of course like pictured here, the occasional full leg cut out! ~

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Photos by @renan_ozturk // This is what one of the steepest ice climbs on the planet looks like. @bookofsamuel climbed it without a fall but won't give it a grade. This kind of glacial ice is a different type of endeavor, more of a creative process where you 'construct' your climb by pre-setting the ice screws and icepick placements by using your longest ice screw. There is no way you could even swing into the ice on this near horizontal roof without doing it this way, the physics just don't work out. After it was built sam's execution was a ballet of 'figure-4' and 'figure-9' movements in which he swung his leg over his arms to leverage to the next pick placement, balancing power and grace. And of course like pictured here, the occasional full leg cut out! ~ @brandonjosephbaker @pfaff_anna @hansjoergauer @bhendrix @kakiorr @kbish801 @timkemple @retro_outdoors

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown.
Refugees play football at sunset in Kakuma Refugee Camp, located in northwestern Kenya near the borders of Uganda and South Sudan. 1481490421817039317_787132

Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown. Refugees play football at sunset in Kakuma Refugee Camp, located in northwestern Kenya near the borders of Uganda and South Sudan.

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A young elephant in the wilds of South Africa. GREAT NEWS!!!!
Last year China promised to stop the sale of elephant ivory by the end of 2017. Now it is making good on that promise: 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops across the country will close down on Friday, and the rest by the of the year. This is great news for the 30,000 elephants killed each year for their tusks in Africa.
We can each participate on social media and make our voices heard for the elephants that have no voice in their future.
 When the buying stops the killing can too!! @wildaid
As every 15 minutes a elephant is killed for its ivory. We need to make owning ivory an act unbecoming of a civilized people. We need to all become people who respect the lives of elephants and their right to walk this earth as they have for 1000’s of years - free and safe from harm by humans.

Please check out the @natgeo IVORY cover story - incredible and important reporting by BryanChristy with exceptional images by #BrentStirton! 
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@stevewinterphoto for @natgeo A young elephant in the wilds of South Africa. GREAT NEWS!!!! Last year China promised to stop the sale of elephant ivory by the end of 2017. Now it is making good on that promise: 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops across the country will close down on Friday, and the rest by the of the year. This is great news for the 30,000 elephants killed each year for their tusks in Africa. We can each participate on social media and make our voices heard for the elephants that have no voice in their future. When the buying stops the killing can too!! @wildaid As every 15 minutes a elephant is killed for its ivory. We need to make owning ivory an act unbecoming of a civilized people. We need to all become people who respect the lives of elephants and their right to walk this earth as they have for 1000’s of years - free and safe from harm by humans. Please check out the @natgeo IVORY cover story - incredible and important reporting by BryanChristy with exceptional images by #BrentStirton! @thephotosociety @ngcreative #bigcatsforever #wildaid #iworry #savetheelephants @bertiegregory @nglive #nglive #ngwild@ngwild @natgeowild #natgeowild @thephotosociety #ngcreative #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotojournalism #bci #bigcatsintiative @andbeyondsafari #photooftheday #canonusa@canonusa #redcine @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation@leonardodicaprio @sanctuaryasia

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List natgeo's Instagram Images by @joelsartore | A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan named Suzie at the @GladysPorterZoo. (Swipe for more)
Female Sumatran orangutans never leave the trees of the forest and males touch the ground very rarely. There are only nine populations of Sumatran orangutans left, and only seven of those have optimistic prospects of long-term viability. Despite legal protection in Indonesia, Sumatran orangutans are still taken from the wild to be kept as pets; they are often considered status symbols in households. 
Orangutans depend on high-quality forests to live in. Unfortunately, many orangutan populations are located in unprotected areas where humans have begun to develop palm oil plantations and other agricultural farmland. Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on Earth and is used in 50% of all packaged products (including shampoo, lipstick, and ice cream), so the demand to continue developing these plantations is high. Deliberate fires set to clear land, as well as killing upon sight by developers, are a significant threats to orangutans. Taking young orangutans from the wild and exporting them into the pet trade is also devastating to the species. 
Since females give birth every eight or nine years to just one infant at a time, even a 1% decrease in female orangutans per year could put this species on a permanent path toward extinction.
To see portraits of a baby Bornean orangutan with its adopted mother, check out @joelsartore.
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Images by @joelsartore | A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan named Suzie at the @GladysPorterZoo. (Swipe for more) Female Sumatran orangutans never leave the trees of the forest and males touch the ground very rarely. There are only nine populations of Sumatran orangutans left, and only seven of those have optimistic prospects of long-term viability. Despite legal protection in Indonesia, Sumatran orangutans are still taken from the wild to be kept as pets; they are often considered status symbols in households. Orangutans depend on high-quality forests to live in. Unfortunately, many orangutan populations are located in unprotected areas where humans have begun to develop palm oil plantations and other agricultural farmland. Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on Earth and is used in 50% of all packaged products (including shampoo, lipstick, and ice cream), so the demand to continue developing these plantations is high. Deliberate fires set to clear land, as well as killing upon sight by developers, are a significant threats to orangutans. Taking young orangutans from the wild and exporting them into the pet trade is also devastating to the species. Since females give birth every eight or nine years to just one infant at a time, even a 1% decrease in female orangutans per year could put this species on a permanent path toward extinction. To see portraits of a baby Bornean orangutan with its adopted mother, check out @joelsartore. . . #savetheorangutans #orangutan #sumatra #sumatranorangutans #palmoil #notopalmoil #notapet #photoark #natgeo

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Nothing wrong with a winter stacked full of storm cycles....but we haven't seen much of the sun lately in these parts of Wyoming. @jxnfigs making hay. @natgeo #grandtetonnationalpark 1481282058198040062_787132

Photo by @jimmy_chin Nothing wrong with a winter stacked full of storm cycles....but we haven't seen much of the sun lately in these parts of Wyoming. @jxnfigs making hay. @natgeo #grandtetonnationalpark

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @amivitale | For the last 18 years I've been working to cover under-reported issues primarily about women, poverty, health and security.  I didn’t realize it when I began but all of these issues are really about our resources and water in particular.  I’ve seen firsthand how women in developing countries bear the greatest burden. Women are the primary providers of water, and often spend hours each day hauling water from distant sources. In the photo above from the village of Dambas, in northern Kenya, women are forced to get water from a polluted water hole after years of severe drought.  Though the rains came and turned the land green, the problems facing the pastoralists still persist after years of drought that resulted in severe livelihood stress, food insecurity, livestock deaths and high rates of malnutrition. Check out today’s Instagram Story to see more of my work covering the water crisis across the world.
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Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1Chalice5Years 1481213136144743707_787132

Photo by @amivitale | For the last 18 years I've been working to cover under-reported issues primarily about women, poverty, health and security. I didn’t realize it when I began but all of these issues are really about our resources and water in particular. I’ve seen firsthand how women in developing countries bear the greatest burden. Women are the primary providers of water, and often spend hours each day hauling water from distant sources. In the photo above from the village of Dambas, in northern Kenya, women are forced to get water from a polluted water hole after years of severe drought. Though the rains came and turned the land green, the problems facing the pastoralists still persist after years of drought that resulted in severe livelihood stress, food insecurity, livestock deaths and high rates of malnutrition. Check out today’s Instagram Story to see more of my work covering the water crisis across the world. - Sponsored by @StellaArtois. Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Find out how to purchase a Stella Artois limited-edition Chalice and help end the global water crisis at natgeo.com/StellaArtois. Join Stella Artois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. #1chalice5years

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List natgeo's Instagram “Nature has ceased to be what it always had been - what people needed protection from. Now nature - tamed, endangered, mortal - needs to be protected from people. When we are afraid, we shoot. When we are nostalgic we take pictures.” Susan Sontag ‘ In Platos Cave.
diorama from the collections of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Natural History Department, Philadelphia, USA by David Chancellor #chancellordavid from new work, research and projects for @natgeo documenting man's ever increasing commodification of wildlife follow me here @natgeo and @chancellordavid @francescamaffeogallery #poaching #tiger #wildlife #conservation #hunting #academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel #stoppoaching #stopthetrade 1481130994140382527_787132

“Nature has ceased to be what it always had been - what people needed protection from. Now nature - tamed, endangered, mortal - needs to be protected from people. When we are afraid, we shoot. When we are nostalgic we take pictures.” Susan Sontag ‘ In Platos Cave. diorama from the collections of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Natural History Department, Philadelphia, USA by David Chancellor #chancellordavidfrom new work, research and projects for @natgeo documenting man's ever increasing commodification of wildlife follow me here @natgeo and @chancellordavid @francescamaffeogallery #poaching #tiger #wildlife #conservation #hunting #academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel #stoppoaching #stopthetrade

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Dangling by her #teeth, Rebecca Ostroff performs the #iron jaw on the #trapeze at the Kelly Miller #Circus. To see a close up #view of how she does this, #follow @brianlehmannphotography. 1481105362454947992_787132

Photo by @brianlehmannphotography - Dangling by her #teeth, Rebecca Ostroff performs the #ironjaw on the #trapezeat the Kelly Miller #Circus. To see a close up #viewof how she does this, #follow@brianlehmannphotography.

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List natgeo's Instagram Photograph by @mattiasklumofficial
A Baobab tree and the milky way, Botswana. Baobabs trees store water in the trunk (up to 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons) to endure tough droughts. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see a hippo "hair flip"...Baobabs produce faint growth rings, most likely annually, but they are not reliable for aging purposes, because they are difficult to count and usually fade away as the wood ages. Radiocarbon dating has provided data on a few individuals though. A specimen known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees in the world. How amazing is that? #baobabtree #mattiasklum  #protectbiodiversity #botswana #africa #ancient #tree #stars #milkyway @mattiasklumcollection @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @natgeo 1481014539256300385_787132

Photograph by @mattiasklumofficial A Baobab tree and the milky way, Botswana. Baobabs trees store water in the trunk (up to 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons) to endure tough droughts. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see a hippo "hair flip"...Baobabs produce faint growth rings, most likely annually, but they are not reliable for aging purposes, because they are difficult to count and usually fade away as the wood ages. Radiocarbon dating has provided data on a few individuals though. A specimen known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known angiosperm trees in the world. How amazing is that? #baobabtree #mattiasklum #protectbiodiversity #botswana #africa #ancient #tree #stars #milkyway@mattiasklumcollection @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @natgeo

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo 
When the temperature dips below 28 degrees in the Bering Sea, freezing spray on a windy day can prove dangerous as ice builds on the railings, equipment, decks, and pots stacked on a commercial crab fishing boat. This is the early stage of icing conditions, but as the ice grows, the surface area for new ice to form increases, and if not chopped can grow exponentially heavy in stormy seas. -------------------------------- Join me this Saturday, April 1, 3-6 pm at @richardhellergallery in Santa Monica, CA for the opening of my new exhibition #AleutianDreams Click my profile link at @arni_coraldo for a preview. If in Portland, Oregon join me April 6, 5-8pm at @hartmanfineart and say hello! 
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Photo by Corey Arnold @arni_coraldo When the temperature dips below 28 degrees in the Bering Sea, freezing spray on a windy day can prove dangerous as ice builds on the railings, equipment, decks, and pots stacked on a commercial crab fishing boat. This is the early stage of icing conditions, but as the ice grows, the surface area for new ice to form increases, and if not chopped can grow exponentially heavy in stormy seas. -------------------------------- Join me this Saturday, April 1, 3-6 pm at @richardhellergallery in Santa Monica, CA for the opening of my new exhibition #aleutiandreamsClick my profile link at @arni_coraldo for a preview. If in Portland, Oregon join me April 6, 5-8pm at @hartmanfineart and say hello! #natgeo #beringsea #commercialfishing #ice #freezingspray #fishwork #laart #la #alaska #ocean #cold #exhibition #portlandart

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List natgeo's Instagram Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade @brianmoghari and @mckenziebarney 
Bald Eagles can throw a lot of variables your way as a wildlife filmmaker. The combination of the birds agility mixed with distance and speed can make aerial predation one of the most challenging behaviors to capture. But the payoff is totally worth it. You can almost feel the power of the predator as it collides with its prey. But this behavior was one we never witnessed until filming in Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico. Adult Bald Eagles playing with their food. Juveniles are likely to do this as they are still maturing, but what an experience it was to film an adult behaving in this way. After speaking with local biologist @goyettemegan we learned that adults do sometimes in fact play with their food. For an animal that commands so much respect in the avian world, who would of known they get their kicks this way.  Check out the entire sequence in my series #WildUntamed on natgeowild.com/untamed or click the link in my personal bio. 1480823654090333678_787132

Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade @brianmoghari and @mckenziebarney Bald Eagles can throw a lot of variables your way as a wildlife filmmaker. The combination of the birds agility mixed with distance and speed can make aerial predation one of the most challenging behaviors to capture. But the payoff is totally worth it. You can almost feel the power of the predator as it collides with its prey. But this behavior was one we never witnessed until filming in Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico. Adult Bald Eagles playing with their food. Juveniles are likely to do this as they are still maturing, but what an experience it was to film an adult behaving in this way. After speaking with local biologist @goyettemegan we learned that adults do sometimes in fact play with their food. For an animal that commands so much respect in the avian world, who would of known they get their kicks this way. Check out the entire sequence in my series #wilduntamedon natgeowild.com/untamed or click the link in my personal bio.

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @christian_foto 
I took this photo during my assignment in Bolivia for @natgeotravel. 
La Paz is the seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The city, located in west-central Bolivia, 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a valley created by the Choqueyapu River and sits in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters.

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Photo by @christian_foto I took this photo during my assignment in Bolivia for @natgeotravel. La Paz is the seat of government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. The city, located in west-central Bolivia, 68 km (42 mi) southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a valley created by the Choqueyapu River and sits in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters. Christian Rodriguez @christian_foto for @natgeotravel #locoto #rocoto #lapaz #bolivia

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot called "Facing Your Fears," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to understand and express your fears. To submit your photos and stories, go to natgeoyourshot.com. There are only 6 days left! 
Following a college art project in which I painted giant oil, acrylic and linseed oil canvases of the view looking down skyscrapers in Manhattan, NYC, I had faced and overcome my fear of heights, enabling me to take photographs like this one deep underground in China in one of the worlds largest vertical pits. At over 1500ft (500m) deep, Miao Keng in Wulong, China is taller than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. #natgeoyourshot 1480727272717427183_787132

Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - I am currently curating an assignment with @natgeoyourshot called "Facing Your Fears," inviting you to use your photography as a creative canvas to understand and express your fears. To submit your photos and stories, go to natgeoyourshot.com. There are only 6 days left! Following a college art project in which I painted giant oil, acrylic and linseed oil canvases of the view looking down skyscrapers in Manhattan, NYC, I had faced and overcome my fear of heights, enabling me to take photographs like this one deep underground in China in one of the worlds largest vertical pits. At over 1500ft (500m) deep, Miao Keng in Wulong, China is taller than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. #natgeoyourshot

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @CristinaMittermeier.  A leopard seal patrols an iceberg on which a group of fledging penguins, on their first swim out to sea, have become stranded.  As the standoff between “predator and prey” played out I found myself cheering at times for the cute penguins, and at times for the hungry seal.  All life here is tied to healthy ice and we must do everything we can to stop the effects of climate change in places like this. #OnAssignment for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy. With @Paul Nicklen, @Andy_mann, @Ladzinski and @CraigWelch. *
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier. A leopard seal patrols an iceberg on which a group of fledging penguins, on their first swim out to sea, have become stranded. As the standoff between “predator and prey” played out I found myself cheering at times for the cute penguins, and at times for the hungry seal. All life here is tied to healthy ice and we must do everything we can to stop the effects of climate change in places like this. #onassignmentfor @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy. With @Paul Nicklen, @Andy_mann, @Ladzinski and @CraigWelch. * * * To see more images from this assignment, please #followmeat @CristinaMittermeier #beauty #love #naturelover #photographersforantarctica #babypenguins #cute #seal

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List natgeo's Instagram Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz  This was lunch time today in cafeteria C-1 at Foxconn, the biggest IT manufacturer in the world, in Guangdong Province, China.  Foxconn has some 120,000 employees at this facility, which feels like a city of its own, with a central kitchen that is the largest in Asia.  Increasing wealth in China has led to a shift in diet towards more protein and dairy products, which has turned the country into the world’s largest importer of food.  #onassignment for @natgeo  To see more, go to @geosteinmetz 1480574466681297135_787132

Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz This was lunch time today in cafeteria C-1 at Foxconn, the biggest IT manufacturer in the world, in Guangdong Province, China. Foxconn has some 120,000 employees at this facility, which feels like a city of its own, with a central kitchen that is the largest in Asia. Increasing wealth in China has led to a shift in diet towards more protein and dairy products, which has turned the country into the world’s largest importer of food. #onassignmentfor @natgeo To see more, go to @geosteinmetz

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List natgeo's Instagram Photograph by @thomaspeschak A green turtle rests underwater in the shadow of a mangrove tree. Convoluted bays and inlets penetrate deep into the harsh lava landscape of some of the most westerly Galápagos Islands. Many of these hidden realms are sanctuaries for sea turtles which probably seek them out due to the water being warmer than the adjacent ocean.  Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark  @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel For more images from the enchanted Galapagos follow photographer @thomaspeschak 1480558765665123921_787132

Photograph by @thomaspeschak A green turtle rests underwater in the shadow of a mangrove tree. Convoluted bays and inlets penetrate deep into the harsh lava landscape of some of the most westerly Galápagos Islands. Many of these hidden realms are sanctuaries for sea turtles which probably seek them out due to the water being warmer than the adjacent ocean. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel For more images from the enchanted Galapagos follow photographer @thomaspeschak

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo @ladzinski / Dark burn marks decorate the exterior of a #giantSequoia tree in #SequoiaNationalPark, likely the result of a lightning strike. The bark of these remarkable trees is quite fire retardant, encasing the tree with an armor as thick as 3 feet which protects the heartwood interior. These trees are among the oldest and the tallest in the world, endemic to the Sierra Mountains of California. They are currently faced with a new threat, draught and rising heat index. Some are beginning to show signs of stress, brought on from the affects of #climateChange. These trees can drink as much as 500 gallons of water per day, hinging their existence heavily on the need for abundant water. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo 1480489500232468455_787132

Photo @ladzinski / Dark burn marks decorate the exterior of a #giantsequoiatree in #SequoiaNationalPark, likely the result of a lightning strike. The bark of these remarkable trees is quite fire retardant, encasing the tree with an armor as thick as 3 feet which protects the heartwood interior. These trees are among the oldest and the tallest in the world, endemic to the Sierra Mountains of California. They are currently faced with a new threat, draught and rising heat index. Some are beginning to show signs of stress, brought on from the affects of #climateChange. These trees can drink as much as 500 gallons of water per day, hinging their existence heavily on the need for abundant water. Photographed #onassignmentfor @natgeo

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo for @natgeo by @jenniferhayesig  A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the  visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns  that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns.  Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea,  that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will. Photographed on @natgeo assignment Inside the Coral Triangle Philippines. #ocean #philippines #shark #krill #whaleshark #coraltriangle #extreme for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig 1480408322188047695_787132

Photo for @natgeo by @jenniferhayesig A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will. Photographed on @natgeo assignment Inside the Coral Triangle Philippines. #ocean #philippines #shark #krill #whaleshark #coraltriangle #extremefor #moreoceanfollow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig

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List natgeo's Instagram Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). "And what's behind that one?" My sons going for a stroll in the Taklamakan desert, in Xinjiang/China. We were on our way far beyond these dunes, to the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan, heading there for an upcoming @natgeo story. What an incredible luxury it was to work alongside my family. Follow @paleyphoto for @natgeo stories. @natgeocreative  #desertexploration #likefatherlikeson 1480287716050366247_787132

Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). "And what's behind that one?" My sons going for a stroll in the Taklamakan desert, in Xinjiang/China. We were on our way far beyond these dunes, to the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan, heading there for an upcoming @natgeo story. What an incredible luxury it was to work alongside my family. Follow @paleyphoto for @natgeo stories. @natgeocreative #desertexploration #likefatherlikeson

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List natgeo's Instagram Video by @renan_ozturk @camp4collective// text by @jetbutterflies - The extremely elusive Himalayan Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in the snow at an altitude of 15,000 feet in Nepal’s little-known Dorpatan Hunting Reserve. These animals are one of the main food sources for Snow Leopards. ~

Despite spending upwards of a week climbing, crawling, and slogging through waist-deep snow in pursuit of the sheep, we were unable to get much closer than these images reveal. ~

Founded to attract international trophy hunters and tourism revenue, Dorpatan is one of the highest hunting areas on the globe. In the mid-nineties, the park was a stronghold for the Maoist rebels who waged a guerrilla war against the Nepal Government for over a decade. During this time, poaching of blue sheep and other exotic species was rampant. ~

Now, a handful of elite hunters travel here each year bringing much-needed employment to the area. The sheep population is now healthy and growing, although local poachers still operate in the more remote reaches of the park using weapons and techniques left over from the ciivl war.  #himalayanhunt #nepaliloveyou ~

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Video by @renan_ozturk @camp4collective// text by @jetbutterflies - The extremely elusive Himalayan Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in the snow at an altitude of 15,000 feet in Nepal’s little-known Dorpatan Hunting Reserve. These animals are one of the main food sources for Snow Leopards. ~ Despite spending upwards of a week climbing, crawling, and slogging through waist-deep snow in pursuit of the sheep, we were unable to get much closer than these images reveal. ~ Founded to attract international trophy hunters and tourism revenue, Dorpatan is one of the highest hunting areas on the globe. In the mid-nineties, the park was a stronghold for the Maoist rebels who waged a guerrilla war against the Nepal Government for over a decade. During this time, poaching of blue sheep and other exotic species was rampant. ~ Now, a handful of elite hunters travel here each year bringing much-needed employment to the area. The sheep population is now healthy and growing, although local poachers still operate in the more remote reaches of the park using weapons and techniques left over from the ciivl war. #himalayanhunt #nepaliloveyou~ @nomadic49ak @bennyob301 @irish_goodbye

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