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The Texas horned lizard is arguably the most iconic reptile in the Lone Star State. Once abundant, today horned lizard populations have declined as a result of habitat loss, pesticide use, and invasive red fire ants. Thankfully, suitable habitat still exists in Texas where horned lizards may be reintroduced, and many landowners have adopted land management practices that would help support the species’ recovery. @sanantoniozoo, where this photo was taken, launched a Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project in 2016 aimed at breeding and reintroducing this species to the landscape for the enjoyment of present and future generations of Texans. #hornedlizard #hornytoad #Texas #nativetexan #reptile #reintroduction #PhotoArk #savetogether

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The brilliant green and gold feathers on this golden-headed quetzal aren’t just for show - they serve as camouflage among the trees in the bird’s rainforest home. This beautifully plumed species has a distinctive golden-bronze head which has earned it international recognition, yet high up in the trees, quietly perched on a branch, this flashy bird is easy to overlook. The golden-headed quetzal helps maintain the forests where it lives by spreading seeds through its droppings, and occasionally regurgitating the pits of large fruits. Like many birds, this species is threatened by habitat loss, but thankfully this quetzal is still considered common throughout its range. Photo taken @officialdwazoo. #quetzal #goldenheadedquetzal #female #colorful #green #red #gold #gardener #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Despite what this species’ name implies, the Sulawesi bear cuscus is not a true bear - it is a marsupial! It uses its elongated claws and long, prehensile (grasping) tail to navigate the forests on the island of Sulawesi by slowly swinging from branch to branch. This species relies on trees for both shelter and food, with its diet consisting mostly of leaves, flowers, buds, and unripe fruit. One of the main threats to the Sulawesi bear cuscus’ survival is habitat loss due to deforestation and forest degradation, in order to make room for cocoa farms. @rainforestalliance has been working with cocoa farmers on the island to reduce this threat by introducing a way to grow cocoa under the shade of native trees. You can support these wildlife-saving efforts by looking for Rainforest Alliance Certified goods on your next trip to the grocery store! Photo taken @zoowroclaw. #Sulawesibearcuscus #marsupial #Indonesia #Sulawesi #longtail #longclaws #rainforestalliancecertified #cocoa #PhotoArk #savetogether

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This marbled lungfish @moscow_zoo_official is not your typical fish. Adult marbled lungfish live in swamps, riverbeds, floodplains, and river deltas throughout Africa and can grow to be over six feet long. Species like this one have a modified swim bladder, which in most fish is used for buoyancy when swimming, but in the lungfish it also absorbs oxygen and removes waste. This means that ​despite being aquatic, this fish can survive even when pools dry up ​by burrowing into the mud and sealing itself within a mucous-lined burrow. During this time, it breathes air through its swim bladder instead of through its gills! #marbledlungfish #lungfish #swimbladder #Africa #aquatic #PhotoArk #savetogether

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The zebra’s famous stripes are a form of protection from predators. When zebras are grouped together, their combined stripes make it hard for a lion or leopard to pick out a single zebra to chase! However, on the off chance that their protective stripes fail, this species also has a powerful kick that can cause some serious damage, and they can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, allowing for a speedy get-away. The Chapman’s zebra is one of three zebra species - while this species’ population is currently stable, the same cannot be said for the other two, and all zebras are threatened by poaching because of their uniquely patterned coats. Protect species like the Chapman’s zebra by avoiding animal-skin products, ensuring that you are not contributing to the commercial hunting of this and other amazing species. Photo taken @zoowroclaw. #zebra #stripes #blackandwhite #chapmanszebra #shopsmart #Africa #PhotoArk #savetogether

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​When it comes to adorable reptiles, this two-month old yellow-faced turtle is definitely at the top of our list. This species belongs to the genus Emydura, which is a group of turtles known for their moderately long necks. Adults can grow to be nearly a foot long, and have a life-span of 20-30 years. A resident of northern Australia, the yellow-faced turtle will almost always be found near a body of water and does not need to hibernate like other turtle species thanks to Australia’s warmer climate. You can help keep wild turtle populations healthy by leaving them in the wild, allowing them to thrive in their natural habitat. In Australia, it is illegal to take a yellow-faced turtle from the wild, and individuals must obtain a reptile licence before they are eligible to purchase a turtle as a pet. Photo taken @okczoo. #yellowfacedturtle #yellowstripes #tiny #aquatic #cute #Australia #reptile #turtle #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Want to help protect nocturnal fliers like this African wood owl? ​Turn off your outside lights before heading to bed! Owls are equipped to navigate and hunt under the cover of darkness, so by reducing light pollution, you’re making it easier for these birds to roam freely. The African wood owl feeds mostly on insects, reptiles, small rodents, and occasionally, smaller birds. Most hunting is done from a perch, with the owl watching its victim intently before swooping down on it. Like many owl species, the wood owl makes its presence known at night through vocalizations that echo through the trees. While these calls can be heard year-round, their frequency tends to increase during breeding season. Check out the link in my bio to learn more about how you can make your backyard more owl-friendly. This photo was taken at the Monticello Center in Italy thanks to the support of @greenteenteam. #Owlawarenessday #woodowl #Africa #bigeyes #nocturnal #lightsout #PhotoArk #savetogether

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These fish may not look very large, but giant pangasius catfish can grow to be over 9 feet long in the wild, making them one of the largest freshwater fish species in the world. Found in the Chao Phraya and Mekong basins in Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, this species inhabits large rivers and uses deep pools as refuges during the dry season. This critically endangered species is quite well-known, as the fishing of this species was traditionally accompanied by religious ceremonies and rites. The decline of this catfish is most directly linked to overfishing, but the construction of dams in recent years has also had a negative impact on already declining numbers. Projects such as these affect the natural flood and drought cycles throughout the river where the fish reside, and therefore disrupt their migratory behavior. #Nationalcatfishmonth #pangasiuscatfish #giant #criticallyendangeredspecies #freshwaterfish #PhotoArk #savetogether

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These shy creatures are four-horned antelope @assamstatezoo. Found only in India and Nepal, very little is known about this species due to their elusive nature. Despite the fact that these antelopes have a wide distribution and occupy open forests, they are rarely seen, as they will sprint for cover at the first sign of a disturbance. While it may seem counterintuitive, the difficulty of seeing this species in the wild is actually one of the main drivers of ecotourism in India - just catching a quick glimpse is seen as the ultimate reward. To help support species like this one, consider going out to view local wildlife on your next vacation. ​Wildlife-focused tourism provides evidence to governments that it is more profitable to have thriving wildlife populations than to participate in practices that harm wild places. ​#Antelopemonth #fourhornedantelope #cute #shy #baby #India #Nepal #wildlifetourism #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Meet the black crested mangabey photographed @chattanoogazoo. Known for their long whiskers and pointy hairdo, adult male mangabeys are also the kings of what researchers call the “whoop-gobble”. This is a unique call used by these monkeys - the whoop gets the attention of other mangabeys in the area, and the gobble tells everyone who and where he is. Mangabeys spend a lot of their time moving from tree to tree in search of flowers that provide a sweet nectar treat. This feeding behavior makes them important forest residents, earning them the status of pollinators and seed dispersers, responsible for maintaining the health of the ecosystem. Unfortunately, these monkeys are among the first residents to disappear from forests close to human settlements, and because mangabeys are such fruit lovers, they tend to raid fruit plantations and are often seen as pests. Finding ways to reduce tensions between humans and mangabeys will play a key role in this species’ survival. #mangabeyawarenessday #funkyhair #whiskers #blackcrestedmangabey #monkey #primate #pollinator #seeddisperser #coexistence #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Native to Australia, this saw-shelled turtle photographed @wildlifewarriorsworldwide spends most of its time near, and in, rivers and streams as well as connected swamps and lagoons. They are not usually aggressive, but as a carnivore this turtle has a fierce bite. The saw-shelled turtle feeds predominantly on fish, tadpoles, frogs, and aquatic insects, and is one of the few native Australian animals successful in preying on the cane toad – an invasive species that has wreaked havoc on Australia’s native wildlife. Toads too large to swallow whole are first shredded with the turtle’s front claws. #sawshelledturtle #carnivore #australia #photoark #savetogether

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Don’t worry, these Synodontis catfish aren’t dead - this species is actually known for swimming belly-up, earning it the common name of upside-down catfish. Synodontis is a freshwater fish that is most commonly found throughout Africa, occurring mostly in central and west African countries. There are more than 100 known species catfish that behave this way, all of which vary in both size and body markings. While some of these species are caught and used as a food source, many are prized fish in the aquarium trade because of their color and behavior.​ ​You can play a role in protecting these catfish by always doing your research before purchasing fish for your aquarium, ensuring that you are not contributing to the demand of this species’ capture and sale. Photo taken @fluviariomora. #synodontis #catfish #upsidedownfish #spotty #blackandwhite #PhotoArk #savetogether

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This fierce flier is a Sri Lankan brown fish-owl at the Monticello Center in Italy. Like most owl species, fish owls are nocturnal, but have been known to occasionally hunt during the day, especially when skies are overcast. As their name implies, these birds feed almost exclusively on fish, but will also prey on frogs, crabs, snakes, and lizards. When hunting, the brown fish owl will perch on a rock or tree branch high above the water, and once prey has been spotted, it quickly descends, gliding over the water’s surface using its long legs to snatch its next meal. While largely independent, this species benefits from the presence of other bird species, often taking over the abandoned nests of eagles and vultures to use for laying eggs and raising owl chicks.​This photo was taken thanks to the support of @greenteenteam​. #fishowl #SriLanka #birdofprey #nocturnal #fierce #hunter #PhotoArk #savetogether

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This vibrant beauty is a male lesser bird-of-paradise @officialdwazoo. Native to New Guinea, these birds are experiencing population declines as a result of habitat loss, but thankfully they have demonstrated an ability to adapt to human-modified environments, suggesting that hope remains for future generations if land is managed properly. In the wild, males can be seen ​lekking, or participating in a communal breeding display, in an attempt to attract a mate. Up to a dozen adult males may display together in single tree, using their bright feathers to put on an unforgettable performance. #birdofparadise #green #yellow #male #display #lekking #brightfeathers #stunning #newguinea #photoark #savetogether

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Stag beetles have their massive mandibles (jaws) to thank for their name, a feature that has evolved over time to look like a stag’s antlers. This impressive characteristic isn’t just for show - it is used during courtship rituals, and as a weapon during fights between two male beetles. While their looks are quite uncommon, the stag beetle is widespread, with nearly 900 different species identified world-wide. They are usually brown or black, which helps them blend in amongst rotting logs, where they spend most of their time. Larvae of this species feed almost exclusively on decaying wood, and because the food source is not nutrient rich, it can take up to five years before the larvae is ready to transform into a pupa. Photo taken at Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary. #beetle #stagbeetle #mandibles #stag #antlers #PhotoArk #savetogether

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The only thing brighter than the feathers of a purple glossy starling are its radiant yellow eyes. While the sexes are quite similar in appearance, juveniles are much duller, with grey underparts and a brown iris.This species is common throughout a number of African countries including Senegal, Zaire (now DRC), Sudan, and Kenya.There are many species of starlings found in countries across the globe, each faced with different threats. In Europe, starling populations are experiencing steep declines, thought to be linked to a lack of feeding opportunities due to changing land use practices. To support these birds, consider installing a bird feeder and keeping it well stocked with feed throughout the year. This will provide a much needed resource to a variety of bird species, as well as bringing nature right to your doorstep. Photo taken @kansascityzoo. #purpleglossystarling #bird #brightfeathers #colorful #yelloweyes #birdfriendlyyards #PhotoArk #savetogether

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This abstract beauty is a green bubble coral @butterflypavilion. Each of the green, grape-sized bubbles you see will actually expand depending on the amount of available light, appearing large during the day, but becoming much smaller at night. When the bubbles are deflated, the coral’s skeleton is revealed, along with tentacles that reach out to capture food. Because of its unique appearance, this species is often targeted for the aquarium trade. Thankfully, there are a number of actions you can take to help protect corals like this one, which in turn keeps ocean habitats healthy for a number of species that depend on coral reefs. Check out the link in my bio to learn more! #Coralreefawarenessweek #bubblecoral #green #oceanhealth #PhotoArk #savetogether

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With their bright yellow spots, these Kurdistan spotted newts are almost impossible to overlook, though spotting them in the wild has become increasingly difficult. Found only in the Avroman Mountains on the Iraq-Iran-Turkey border, this species is threatened by the pet trade and limited access to fresh water. Drought, and extraction of stream water for agricultural purposes has depleted many natural water sources, and chemical contamination threatens what remains. You, the follower, might not be able to alleviate this threat, but you can help to protect this species by saying no to the pet trade. Remember, when looking for your next pet that wild animals are best suited for life in the wild - consider adopting from your local shelter instead, and if you do pet shop, make sure to do your research first. Photo taken @zoowroclaw. #spottednewt #newt #endangeredspecies #Kurdistan #blackandyellow #adoptdontshop #PhotoArk #savingwildlife

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Want to bring beautiful butterflies like this larger striped swordtail butterfly to your backyard? Start by eliminating the use of herbicides and pesticides on your lawn and garden. This will ensure that your nectar bearing plants are a safe food source for these pollinators. Adding a water source can also make your green space more attractive to butterflies, especially in regions with dry climates. Birdbaths or shallow dishes with rocks (acting as islands for the butterflies to rest on) are both great options. These small actions might not bring this specific species to your yard (unless you live in sub-Saharan Africa), but they are sure to attract a number of a species of butterfly native to your area! Photo taken @auduboninstitute. #swordtailbutterfly #swallowtail #blackandblue #pollinator #pollinatorawareness #PhotoArk #savetogether

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It's hard to believe that this wiry looking chick will soon transform into a stunning adult Guianan cock-of-the-rock like this male @dallas_world_aquarium. Found throughout southern Guyana, Colombia, Venezuela and northern Brazil, these birds are known for their bright orange feathers and half-moon crests on their heads. In the wild, males spend much of the day at a communal lek (area used for breeding displays). Leks can contain as many as 50 males attempting to attract mates, either participating in combat displays, or elaborate dancing displays. Females often choose nesting sites near the males’ leks, and will sometimes work in groups to build nests out of mud, clay, and plant matter. Once a pair has mated, eggs will be incubated for about a month before chicks like the one above hatch! #chick #cockoftherock #guianan #orange #bright #fuzzy #bird #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Happy World Snake Day from this Sri Lankan pit viper @okczoo! This snake’s colorful appearance pops on this black background, but in the wild it serves as perfect camouflage, allowing the pit viper to blend in amongst low-lying shrubs. As an ambush predator, this species will wait motionlessly for a lizard, bird, or frog to cross its path, then, without hesitation, the snake lunges out from its hiding place, striking its prey with a deadly dose of venom. While the pit viper’s hunting style may seem aggressive, this species ​is actually quite peaceful, and will make every attempt to escape and avoid confrontation, especially with humans. Remember, should you even encounter a snake in the wild, make sure to give it plenty of space and do not try to handle or scare the snake. When given a safe distance, the snake will move away from the area on its own, and you can both go your separate ways unharmed! #Worldsnakeday #pitviper #colorful #SriLanka #ambushpredator #snake #venomous #coexistence #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Giraffes like this reticulated giraffe and Rothschild giraffe @rolling_hills_zoo are the world's tallest mammals, thanks to their towering legs and long necks. While the two species look very similar, you can tell them apart thanks to differences in their coat, with the reticulated giraffe sporting finer white lines in its pattern. Typically, these beautiful animals roam the open grasslands across Africa in small groups of about half a dozen. Giraffes use their height to good advantage and browse on leaves and buds in treetops that few other animals can reach, relying on their 21-inch long tongue to help successfully secure each meal. With such a large home range, giraffes face a number of threats including hunting, habitat loss, drought, and armed conflict in unstable regions. Given that some giraffe populations are stable, while others are undergoing increases and decreases, future protection and conservation actions for giraffes will need to differ by region, in order to combat the threats unique to each population. #worldgiraffeday #reticulated #rothschild #longnecks #vulnerable #endangered #africa #patterned #photoark #savetogether

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Say hello to Bensar, a bald eagle @suttoncenter. The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America. As the national bird, the eagle’s look is iconic, with its distinctive brown body and white head and tail easily identifiable, even from a distance. This species once saw its numbers drop to 500 nesting pairs, but with people putting in decades of hard work, its population was able to recover. Today, the lower 48 states are home to over 5,000 nesting pairs! Illegal shooting of bald eagles is currently considered the biggest threat to their survival, but they are also threatened by lead poisoning as a result of eating ducks and other species that have consumed lead shot. Hunters can help lead the way for the continued conservation of bald eagles by choosing to hunt with steel or even copper ammunition. Check out the link in my bio for more information. #americaneagleday #baldeagle #northamerica #nationalbird #endangeredspeciesact #nonleadpartnership #photoark #savetogether

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​Sometimes one of the best actions we can take to help save wildlife like these Francois langurs @theomahazoo is to share their story with as many people as we can, bringing attention to the threats they are facing in the wild. In Northeastern Vietnam, these remarkable primates are hunted for traditional medicine. Logging for timber and farming also threatens their existence. In Southern China, hunting pressure is very high due the production of 'black ape wine' which is made specifically from this species. Eliminating demand for products made from these remarkable primates is the first step towards achieving positive change. #langur #endangeredspecies #primate #blackandwhite #duo #china #vietnam #photoark #savetogether

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We’re kicking off pollinator week with this little red flying fox @ausbatclinic. Found in trees near swamps, mangroves, and bamboo stands, this species can be seen resting during the day in huge groups that may include as many as a million individuals. Like bees and butterflies, red flying foxes are pollinators! These bats play a critical role in maintaining the health and reproduction of flowering tree species - especially eucalyptus trees which seem to be their favorite. While these bats remain relatively common, they are threatened by a loss of trees that produce the flowers and fruits they need to survive. This shortage has actually led to them being regarded as pests by some farmers because they will feed in commercial fruit orchards when other food sources run short. #pollinatorweek #flyingfox #bat #pollinator #wings #eucalyptus #Australia #photoark #savetogether

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Distinguishing the American crocodile from the American alligator can be tough, but there is one main feature that sets the crocodile apart - its long, slender snout. You can find both crocodiles and alligators in South Florida, where they inhabit wetlands, ponds, creeks, and canals. Despite the negative perception of crocodiles as dangerous and aggressive, this particular species is extremely shy, reclusive, and rarely seen by people. Once hunted intensively for their hides, today the loss of habitat, illegal killing, and roadkill are the greatest threats faced by American crocodiles. When driving through areas where this species lives, make sure to remain alert and safely come to a stop if you encounter a crocodile crossing the road. Letting the animal pass will protect both the crocodile and your passengers from potential injuries that could result from a collision. Photo taken @theomahazoo. #worldcrocday #americancrocodile #longsnout #teeth #brakeforwildlife #Florida #photoark #savetogether

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Happy Father’s Day from these African wild dogs @theomahazoo. Some parents will stop at nothing to make sure their kids are well cared for, and African wild dog dads are a prime example of this. Their pups are extremely active and burn a significant number of calories every day, but are unable to eat solid food until they are around 10 weeks old. To ensure that they get the nutrients that they need to survive, their father will swallow their food and then regurgitate it, creating a soft mixture that the pups can consume. This feeding practice serves another purpose, too—since the pups have to rely on their fathers for food, it keeps them close to home, protecting them from potential predators. #wilddog #fathersday #spotty #bigears #curious #longlegs #photoark #savetogether

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Can’t get enough of the Photo Ark? Check out the second hour of @60minutes tomorrow night to learn more about the project! You’ll join me and the 60 Minutes crew in the Philippines and get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get the perfect shot. #photoark #60minutes #behindthescenes #savetogether

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You can help protect chameleons like this West Usambara two-horned chameleon @houstonzoo by reducing the amount of paper products you use! Native to Tanzania, this species is found only in forest patches within the West Usambara Mountains. The small forest fragments this species calls home are largely impacted by timber removal, and it is not yet known if the chameleons will be able to adapt to the modified habitat that remains. By reducing the amount of paper you use and opting for electronic forms of documents you’re saving trees, protecting the health of forests around the globe and keeping the homes of many species intact for generations to come! #chameleon #westusambara #twohornedchameleon #tanzania #gopaperless #savetrees #green #savetogether #photoark

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Known locally as kererū, the New Zealand pigeon is one of only two bird species on the island big enough to swallow large fruit and disperse their seeds over long distances. As gardeners of the forests, the survival of this species is directly connected to the health and regeneration of New Zealand’s native forests. While their initial decline was the result of people hunting the bird for its meat and feathers, this practice is now illegal, and predators like cats and possums pose the greatest threat. These species will eat kererū eggs and young, and will also attack and kill adult pigeons. One of the best ways you can help protect native birds is to keep cats indoors whenever possible, and only let dogs off leash in designated areas. This ensures that nesting birds are not disturbed, giving them and their chicks a much better chance at survival. Photo taken @aucklandzoo #pigeonday #kererū #pigeon #newzealand #gardener #bird #blue #safecatsafewildlife #savetogether #photoark

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The Vietnamese black-breasted leaf turtle is one of the smallest turtles in the world, with adults reaching just 7 to 10 centimeters in length. There is little mystery as to how this turtle got its name, with the top of its shell resembling a fallen leaf, and its underside being almost completely black.This brilliant camouflage helps the species move around the mountainous forests of China and northern Vietnam with relative ease, protecting it from potential predators. These unique attributes are likely a main driver behind why this “pocket-sized” turtle has become a target for the international pet trade. Remember when looking for your next pet that wild animals are best suited for life in the wild, and you can help protect wildlife by adopting a dog or a cat, which reduces the number of domestic animals out on the streets. Photo taken at the Turtle Conservation Center in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. #turtle #leafturtle #endangeredspecies #cute #red #black #pocketsized #miniature #camouflage #china #vietnam #adoptdontshop #savetogether #photoark

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Loggerhead sea turtles like this one @riverbankszoo are just one of seven sea turtle species you are helping to save by reducing your use of plastic products! Each plastic bag, bottle, or straw you skip is one less that could make its way into the ocean, protecting a species that has travelled our seas for over 100 million years. Like sea turtles around the globe, Atlantic loggerhead turtles play a vital role in marine ecosystems, maintaining the health of coral reefs and seagrass beds. Write in below to let us know how your efforts to reduce your plastic consumption are going! #worldseaturtleweek #loggerhead #seaturtle #planetorplastic #skipthestraw #plasticsreduction #oceanprotector #atlantic #turtle #savetogether #photoark

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Though often referred to as ringtail cats or miner cats, ringtails aren’t related to cats at all! As their facial features suggest, they are close relatives of the coati and the racoon. Ringtail are excellent climbers and can rotate their hind feet 180 degrees, giving them a good grip for climbing up and descending vertical walls, trees, and cliffs. They also have excellent eyesight and hearing, which are both helpful adaptations for a nocturnal animal. This species is legally trapped for fur in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, where it is also accidentally caught in traps set for more valuable fur-bearers such as foxes and raccoons. You can help protect ringtails by avoiding animal-fur products. By acting as an informed consumer you lessen the demand for the capture and trade of this and many other amazing species. Photo taken @fortworthzoo. #ringtail #trio #nocturnal #bigears #furry #cute #ringtailcat #minercat #bigeyes #savetogether #photoark

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Happy World Oceans Day from this blue-spotted ribbontail ray @oceanariodelisboa. Found in the Indo-West Pacific region, this species is shy in nature, often swimming away when approached by divers. Its movements are largely dependent on the tides: taking shelter under rocky ledges when the tide is falling, then venturing out to shallow, sandy areas in search of prey during rising tides. While this ray’s population is currently stable, the bluespotted ribbontail ray is taken by commercial fisheries as well as by recreational fishers as a game fish. Purchasing seafood caught in an ocean-friendly manner is just one of many actions you can take to help protect marine species! #ribbontailray #ray #spotty #blue #yellow #oceanfriendlyseafood #sustainableseafood #oceanprotector #savetogether #photoark

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This psychedelic beauty is a blue spotted puffer fish at Pure Aquariums. ​This species belongs to a family of tropical fish known for their ability to inflate their abdomens with water when frightened, making them appear larger to potential predators.They are also capable of producing and accumulating toxins such as tetrodotoxin​, a substance that makes them foul tasting and often lethal to fish. While the blue spotted puffer fish is well equipped to handle many threats, it could use your help protecting one of its favorite hangouts - coral reefs. ​By using sunscreen labeled as safe for coral you can save our reefs and the species that call them home.

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Named for the Britain’s Queen Victoria, the Victoria crowned pigeon is certainly worthy of a royal status among its feathered friends. With a blue lace crest, scarlet eyes, black mask, and large stature, this bird is unlike any other pigeon you’ll find in your local city park. This large, beautiful creature can grow to be as big as a turkey, making it the largest species of pigeon in the world. In the forests of northern New Guinea, Victoria crowned pigeons spend most of their time in small groups on the ground, looking for fallen fruit, seeds and insects to eat. Because they spend the majority of their time on the forest floor, they are relatively easy for hunters to capture and sell to collectors who want their beautiful feathers or wish to keep the birds as pets. Not buying this or any other wildlife as pets helps save species, ensuring they survive in the wild for many years to come. Photo taken @sylvanheights_birdpark. #Pigeon #victoria #crownedpigeon #blue #royal #newguinea #notapet #savetogether #photoark

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Meet Billy, a five-month old Tammar wallaby @moonlitsanctuary. Native to Western Australia, this shy creature will spend most of the day resting in areas with dense vegetation, emerging around dusk to feed on open, grassy clearings. Their healthy appetite for herbs and grasses has led to this species being considered an agricultural pest by some landowners, but the biggest threat to this species comes in the form of predation by red foxes, which are not native and highly invasive. Reintroduction programs and fox control programs play an important role in helping the Tammar wallaby’s population to recover from recent declines. #Billy #tammar #wallaby #baby #cute #shy #grazer #australia #photoark #savetogether

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Have you gotten your tickets for National Geographic’s orchestral live experience, Symphony for Our World yet? Delivered in five parts and featuring images from the Photo Ark, the show brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and soaring into the sky. Footage is paired with an original symphony composed by Bleeding Fingers Music, performed live by a full orchestra and choir – a combination that is guaranteed to have you feeling inspired to see what we can save together. ​Shows are coming up in Houston and Dallas - click​ the link in my bio to grab your tickets today! ​

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June is World Oceans Month, and we’re kicking it of by asking each of you to become an ocean protector! For the next 29 days, focus on reducing your consumption of one plastic item like bags, bottles, take out containers, or straws. By adopting just one of these actions you’ll be helping to save a number of unique species, including this ribboned seadragon @officialdwazoo. Use the comment section to let us know which actions you’ll be taking and throughout the month we’ll highlight other marine species benefiting from your wildlife saving actions! #SaveTogether #PhotoArk #WorldOceansMonth #PlanetorPlastic #reduction #oceanprotector #seadragon #yellow #ribboned #marinespecies

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​Meet the Edward’s fig parrot @loroparque! In the wild, you’re likely to find this bird traveling in pairs throughout the forests of north-eastern New Guinea. While this species is mostly solitary, large gatherings of up to 35 individuals have been recorded at fruit trees where they have the opportunity to feed on their favorite food source – the fig. In addition to this parrot and hundreds of other unique species, about nine million people depend on the forests and fresh waters of this island for their survival. You can help them safeguard the rainforest for future generations by opting to buy recycled content paper products whenever possible, reducing the need for logging both in New Guinea and around the globe. #parrot #colorful #fig #worldparrotday #photoark #savetogether

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​This gorgeous pup @tarongazoo is an Australian sea lion named Lexie. Early on in life, sea lion pups like her will spend a lot of time in shallow rock pools. Such areas serve as nurseries and provide a safe place for the young animals to develop their hunting skills. Away from the safety of the rocks, the biggest threat to Australian sea lion colonies are gillnets – a thin and nearly invisible mesh net suspended in the water used by commercial fisheries to capture sharks. While sea lions are not the intended catch, they are often caught accidentally and drown in them as the nets are almost impossible for them to see. Become a sea lion savior by purchasing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labelled seafood. By supporting the MSC label you create an incentive for more fisheries, retailers, and restaurants to produce and sell seafood that has been caught in a wildlife-friendly manner. #worldsealionday #sealion #pup #australia #sustainableseafood #photoark #savetogether

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You can help to protect smooth-coated otters like this one @accb_cambodia by cutting back on your consumption of single-use goods and either reusing or recycling products when they have reached the end of their life-cycle. ​Keeping rivers and streams free of debris allows fish populations to thrive, meaning more food for the otters! As strong swimmers and intelligent group hunters, this species has earned a reputation for being a “fish specialist” throughout its home range. Most successful hunts end in the water with small fish being swallowed whole, but large fish are taken to shore for a proper feast. #worldotterday #otter #smoothcoatedotter #hunter #fishing #swimmer #Asia #plasticfree #planetorplastic #photoark #savetogether

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The whooping crane, pictured here @auduboninstitute, saw its numbers drop to just 15 birds in the early 1940s. Decades later, this number has climbed to over 800 captive and wild birds thanks to captive breeding efforts, land protection, and public education. The only remaining self-sustaining population of whooping cranes is the naturally occurring flock that breeds in Canada and winters in Texas. On their wintering grounds along the Gulf Coast of Texas, these birds feed almost exclusively on blue crabs, like this one @gulfspecimen (see second image). The coastal marshes provide excellent habitat for the crabs if salinity levels remain moderate, but when freshwater is reduced, fewer crabs are available for whooping cranes, threatening the survival of this delicate population. To alleviate this threat @savingcranes works with diverse partners in Texas to protect the coastal ecosystem, its wildlife, and the vital coastal economy. Purchasing sustainably caught seafood and helping to remove abandoned fishing gear from waterways are two ways you can take action to help save both whooping cranes and blue crabs! #whoopingcraneday #endangeredspecies #bluecrab #crabbing #sustainableseafood #Texas #ecosystem #photoark #savetogether

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Remember the story of King Midas and his ability to turn everything he touched to gold? Well, meet the golden-handed tamarin – the animal kingdom’s version of the famous Greek myth. While this monkey may not actually have the Midas touch, he certainly looks the part! Found in Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname this species lives in family groups ranging from two to nearly a dozen individuals. Their population numbers are stable, but the health of their rain forest habitat is not. With the rate of deforestation increasing, golden-tamarins have been forced to expand their range into new areas threatening the survival of other tamarin species that must now compete for once plentiful resources. Reducing your paper consumption is a great step towards protecting this species’ home. Not sure how to start? Try switching to electronic billing, which saves both paper and carbon. Photo taken @officialdwazoo. #tamarin #midas #gold #golden #monkey #rainforest #photoark #savetogether

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The alien-like creature before you is the larvae of a dobsonfly @conservation.fisheries. The dobsonfly’s journey begins when the adult females lays her eggs in a fast-moving stream or river. After emerging from the eggs, larvae will hide under rocks and in crevices until they morph into their final adult form. In their aquatic phase though, they are fierce predators of other aquatic organisms and have small, sharp pincers capable of piercing human skin. Despite their frightening looks and size, these insects are not a danger to people and will only bite when handled roughly – a good reminder to admire wild animals from afar! #dobsonfly #larvae #fierce #insect #photoark #savetogether

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Living high up in the mountainous rainforests in New Guinea, the Matschie’s tree kangaroo looks a bit like a cross between a kangaroo and a lemur. Topping out at around 22 pounds, Matschie’s may not rival their bigger kangaroo counterparts in size, but with powerful limbs and a long tail this mighty mammal is built for climbing trees. Despite their impressive abilities tree kangaroos sleep 60 percent of the time, curling up in whatever tree they happen to be in. They are known for making the occasional trip to the ground in search of food, but at heart they are permanent tree-dwellers. To reduce habitat loss through deforestation in this species’ home range, support Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and wood products. Use the link in my bio to learn more. Photo taken @zoomiami #treekangarooday #cute #joey #baby #treekangaroo #FSCcertified #Photoark #savetogether

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Mossy leaf-tailed geckos like this one @theomahazoo are tree-dwellers, relying on their unique coloration and patterning to help them blend in and avoid predators. They’ll spend most of the day at rest hanging vertically on tree trunks, but once the sun goes down these guys will spring to life and go off in search of prey. Their stealthy habits and striking appearance are key to their survival in the wild, but they have also made this gecko a prime target for the international pet trade. While laws are in place to help prevent the export of this species out of Madagascar, it is up to us to eliminate the demand for these animals as pets. Before bringing a pet into your home make sure you’ve done your research and have verified that your purchase is not contributing to the removal of species from their home in the wild. #leaftailedgecko #leaf #camouflage #madagascar #gecko #stealthy #photoark #savetogether

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Today is World Turtle Day. Turtles have roamed the earth for more than 200 million years, but struggle to adapt to today’s rapidly changing environment caused by habitat destruction, human consumption, pet trade and climate change. Like this Southern River Terrapin @accb_cambodia, more than half of the Earth’s 360 turtle and tortoise species are on the brink of extinction today. This species is among the 25 most endangered freshwater turtle and tortoise species of the world and is the national reptile of Cambodia. Referred to as the “Royal Turtle”, this iconic species is already extinct in Singapore and likely Vietnam, with only small populations surviving in a few river systems in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Allwetterzoo Münster, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration are jointly working together to protect the “Royal Turtle” by protecting their last remaining habitats, maintaining captive assurance colonies, conducting research and raising awareness for this iconic species. If you like turtles and would like to contribute towards their conservation efforts, share this post with your friends and turtles lovers and join us to celebrate World Turtle Day! #worldturtleday #photoark #savetogether

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This adorable creature covered in spots may look like a character from a children’s book, but it is actually a three-year old tiger quoll @moonlitsanctuary. When full grown, this species is 50% larger than other quolls, making it the largest carnivorous marsupial in Australia. Before European settlement, there were four species of quoll that could be found across the Australian continent, but their numbers began to decline with the dawn of human development and expansion. Each adult quoll requires a large home range, meaning today there are few areas where this species can exist without encountering humans. Road-related deaths are quite common for this species, as the quoll often scavenges on road kill. You can play a part in ensuring this species’ survival by taking extra care when driving through areas of known quoll habitat, especially at night! #quoll #tigerquoll #adorable #carnivore #marsupial #australia #brakeforwildlife #photoark #savetogether

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You may not be able to tell from this photo, but the white sturgeon is North America's largest fish. To date, the largest on record was caught in 1898 and weighed approximately 1,500 pounds! Vintage photographs reveal fish so large that, once caught, horses were needed to pull them from the water. In the late 1800s, commercial fisheries began to target this species to meet the demand for caviar (sturgeon eggs) and smoked sturgeon. These fisheries grew so rapidly that they collapsed towards the end of the 1800s due to over-fishing. The population began to rebound in the early 1900s when California banned commercial and sport fishing of white sturgeon. In recent years management of fisheries has also improved – environmentally safe farms now raise white sturgeon for fillets and caviar, helping to ensure populations in the wild remain. Photo taken at the University of California, Davis. #sturgeon #fish #california #fisheries #whitesturgeon #photoark #savetogether