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This #WorldLionDay, with a new live-action Lion King movie out, the “circle of life” is even more important and relevant than ever, writes WCS's Tim Tear in @scientific_american. . Since the release of the first Lion King film, nearly half of all lions have been lost. If they are to survive in Africa, says Tear, the global community must take bolder, more holistic approaches to land management. . Read the full story via our bio. . . #lionking #circleoflife #simba #conservation #africa

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A red-tailed tropicbird in flight over Madagascar. . . #wildlife #birdsofinstagram #flying #icanfly #prettybird #red #colorful #madagascar #africa #animalsofinstagram

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A new species of marmoset has been discovered in the south-west of Pará State in #Brazil in an area of the #Amazon that has suffered extensive illegal logging and agricultural incursion. . The destruction is happening, the researchers say, “even within federal conservation units and protected indigenous lands.” . The new species has been named Mico munduruku after the Munduruku Amerindians who live in the area where the monkey was discovered. Full story via our bio. . . #newspecies #science #breakingnews #brazilianamazon #wildlife #drawing #discovery #conservation

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A Defassa waterbuck photo bomb. Help us #captionthis in the comments. . . #captioncontest #africa #wildlife #wildlifephotography #photobomb #photobombed #photobombing #animalphotobomb #animalsofinstagram

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Glass frogs are among the species that could get new international protections at the upcoming #CITESCoP18 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, an important gathering of countries from around the world. . These see-through animals are facing threats like habitat loss, disease, and international trade. If they are indeed put on Appendix II, international trade will be regulated to ensure it's legal and #sustainable. . Get the full scoop on #CITES via our bio. . . #FrogsofInstagram #glassfrog #seethrough #frog #endangered #conservation #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #protections

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Hope you have a feel-good weekend. These are olive baboons in Africa. #FridayFeeling . . #TGIF #monkeys #family #hug #wildlife #animalsofinstagram #ineedahug #parents #familyhug

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There are 9 recognized subspecies of #giraffe (pictured is a Rothschild's). All are part of a proposal for protection to be considered at this month's #CITESCoP18 meeting, which is a key gathering of countries from around the world. . The giraffe is listed by IUCN as Vulnerable, having declined by an estimated 40% over 3 generations. . It faces many threats: habitat loss (largely through land conversion, deforestation, and expansion of agricultural and extractive activities), illegal killing and illegal trade, and climate change (including drought). . More about why we're supporting this proposal and what we're doing for giraffes on the ground via our bio. . . #citescop18 #cites #giraffes #climatechange #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlife #vulnerable #animalsofinstagram #iucn

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The Critically Endangered Southern River terrapin is in decline across Southeast Asia. It was thought to be extinct in Cambodia, in fact, until a WCS team discovered a remnant population in 2001. . We began a headstarting program to augment our conservation efforts with our partners. As part of this program, we recover babies from the nests when they hatch and then we raise the young turtles, safeguarding them during their most vulnerable time of life. Then we release them back into their native rivers when they have grown to their adult size. . Before this turtle was released, it passed a standard health assessment, writes WCS's Dr. Paul Calle on #WCSWildView, and an acoustic transmitter was attached to its shell so it could be tracked. This and others like it tell scientists about the species' travels, movements, habitat use, and survivorship in Cambodia’s wild rivers. More via our bio. . . #turtlesofinstagram #turtle #cambodia #conservation #science #scientificresearch #southeastasia #asia

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It's #SharkWeek and today 31% of all shark and ray species are facing extinction. This is largely due to overfishing caused by the increasing global demand for meat & fins. . Next month, at #CITESCoP18, an important meeting of countries from around the world, 18 species are up for new protections. That includes the mako shark, the fastest shark in the ocean. 17 of these are Endangered or Critically Endangered. More via our bio. . . #SharkWeek2019 #makoshark #CITES4Sharks #CITES @vulcaninc @action4ifaw @hsiglobal #shark #conservation #oceanconservation

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Today is #InternationalTigerDay. In #China, writes WCS's Dale Miquelle, the last hope for wild #tigers is a handful of Amur tigers in scattered locations of Heilongjiang and Jilin Provinces along the Russian border. . Yet, while 20 years ago most conservationists assumed that Amur tigers would soon disappear from the country, there is now great hope for a recovery. Full story via our bio. . . #TigerDay #Tigers #Russia #China #Conservation #bigcats #CatsofInstagram #wildlifeconservation #tiger #globaltigerday #wildlife #cat

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Today is #WorldMangroveDay. We work to protect these critical habitats around the world. . In Cuba, mangrove forests and marshes cover 70% of the coast. They support incredible biodiversity, including the hutia (pictured). They also provide crucial services, ranging from food security to climate regulation, to buffering the against the impacts of hurricanes. . Crocodiles are key to keeping Cuba’s mangrove forests alive. They hold the food chain in check. They also serve as ecosystem engineers. By excavating underwater caves and canals, they create water dynamics and essential micro-habitats for diversity of species. . . #MangroveDay #mangroves #animalsofinstagram #cuba #crocodile #underwater #wildlifephotography #cuteanimal #biodiversity #conservation

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This is a pancake tortoise, a Critically Endangered tortoise found only in isolated rock outcroppings in Kenya and Tanzania. There's also a single isolated, small population in Zambia. . At #CITESCoP18, they'll be considered for Appendix I protection, which means people won't be able to trade them internationally. . More on the #CITES species proposals via our bio. . . #turtle #tortoise #tortoisesofinstagram #reptile #conservation #wildlife #illegalwildlifetrade #pettrade #pancaketortoise #cop18 #africa

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This #WildlifeWednesday, check out a Ruwenzori three-horned chameleon photographed in Uganda. . . #chameleon #wildlife #wildlifephotography #africa #animal #reptile #horns #nature

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Through the fog and mist along the coast of Chukotka, #Russia, WCS's @jonathanslaght was able to snap this incredible photo. A brown #bear standing on a walrus carcass attempting to scavenge a meal. . . #BeringianStronghold #BrownBear #wildlife #nature #conservation #fieldwork #science #bears #russian

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A male saiga in Mongolia. Vast herds of these antelopes once thundered across the cold Asian grasslands. But the spindly-legged, bulbous-nosed animal, vulnerable to poaching and disease, experienced repeated, drastic declines in the late 20th century. . At the upcoming CITES Conference of the Parties in Geneva, Switzerland, major decisions will be made on a number of species subject to international trade. The saiga is one animal that's up for increased protections. . We strongly support this proposal to protect the saiga. Check out why on our CITES cheat sheet via our bio. . . #saiga #antelope #cop18 #CITESCoP18 #running #mongolia #asia #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlifehealth #switzerland #geneva #protection

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Spotted hyenas are typically known for their unique "laugh." In fact, they're capable of almost a dozen different complex vocalizations, which help them communicate with one another. . . #wildlifefacts #hyena #africa #spottedhyena #laughing #communication #wildlifephotography #animalsofinstagram #WCSWildView

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A jumping spider moves through the mist on a wooden banister in Brazil. . Kimberly Rollins Davis was photographing the magnificent falls at Foz do Iguaçu when she looked down and saw it. . More about the encounter at #WCSWildView via our bio. . . #spider #jumpingspider #brazil #reflection #fozdoiguacu #spidersofinstagram #cute #eyes #mist #intherain

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This silverback gorilla, named Balema, is a frequent guest at the @WCS_Congo team's Mondika camp. . He's dropped in several times this month to feed on the Hydrocharis plants from the Mondika River and on the herbaceous plants around the office. . . #congo #gorilla #africa #wildlife #fieldwork #snacks #animalsofinstagram #ape

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Friday feels like as good a time as any for a #captioncontest. How about for these jaw-dropping hippos? . . #hippos #africa #splash #teeth #fighting #waterfight #zambia #fridayfeeling #tgif

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A burrowing owl in Queens, New York? . For a birder like WCS's Jen Kepler, this mega rarity was reason to hyperventilate. It's possibly the seventh record of this bird in all of New York State. . Read about her sighting via our bio. . . #owlsofinstagram #owl #bronx #birding #birdsofinstagram #WCSWildView #burrowingowl #wildlife #bird #birdsofprey

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BIG NEWS: This infant langur was being smuggled from Bangladesh, but was intercepted and seized by the India Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Bengal Forest Department during a road inspection. . It's part of a massive law enforcement effort today by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, called Operation Thunderball, that has resulted in the arrest of hundreds of wildlife crime suspects and more than 1,800 seizures of animals and animal parts, including big cats, elephant tusks and ivory, rhino horns, birds, reptiles, primates, and more. . WCS's Sue Lieberman, VP of International Policy, is encouraging countries to carry this action to next month's CITES CoP18 meeting, where crucial votes will impact protections for many species. "WCS urges governments to use today’s news," she says, "which underscores the worldwide scope of wildlife crime, to drive strong decisions to do even more to protect species around the world from the ravages of the illegal wildlife trade, from the elephants of Africa to the saiga antelope of the steppes of Asia.” . Read more via our bio. . . #breakingnews #wildlifecrime #langur #babyanimal #cites #cop18 #citescop18 #crime #lawenforment #india #bangladesh

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Check out the impressive horns on this male defassa waterbuck in the African grass. . . #wildlifeofinstagram #impressive #wildlifephotography #uganda #africa #coolanimals #animalsofinstagram

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Check out this action shot from Teshekpuk Lake along the Arctic coast of Alaska. @ArcticWCS Regional Director Martin Robards snapped it while surveying shorebirds. "We are reminded daily why Teshekpuk Lake is so special," he says. . More via our bio about the cool work Robards and his team are doing to protect this vulnerable region. . . #arctic #alaska #birdsofprey #birdsofinstagram #flying #birds #TeshekpukLake #Teshekpuk #birdinflight #wildlife

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An elephant crossing in Uganda. Ever had an unexpected wildlife encounter like this? Tell us about it in the comments. . . #wildlifephotography #wildlife #conservation #uganda #animalsofinstagram #actionshot #inthewild #elephant #96elephants #impressive #TGIF

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Happy #July4th! . . #IndependenceDay #baldeagle #unitedstates #america #julyfourth #fourthofjuly #birdsofinstagram

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A big leap in marine conservation. Bangladesh has announced a new, 1,222-square-mile Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the northern Bay of Bengal, which will safeguard critical spawning grounds for the country’s most valuable fish species—the Hilsa shad, known locally as the “King of Fish.” . In addition, the MPA will protect one of the world’s largest populations of endangered dolphins, plus porpoises, sharks, rays, and marine turtles. . Pictured: 1. Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin 2. Hilsa shad . Surveys by @TheWCS conducted at sea between 2016 and 2018 found that the waters around this area are a biodiversity ‘hotspot,’ supporting an astonishing variety of iconic species. . . #marineconservation #MPA #oceanconservation #Bangladesh #goodnews #dolphin #fish #animalsofinstagram #ocean #asia #wildlifeconservation #marineprotectedarea

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About five years ago, aerial surveys conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and WCS observed an estimated 1,330 elephants in Murchison Falls National Park. . Today, that park is in danger. A private company is attempting to build a hydroelectric plant along the river that feeds the falls, which would be a serious and significant blow to local wildlife, like this elephant, and to the tourism industry so important to Uganda's economy. . Opposition to the plan is growing in Uganda. We must add our voices. Today's the last day to sign our petition to #SaveMurchisonFalls. Please speak out with us bia link in bio. . . #uganda #96elephants #elephant #africa #takeaction #wildlifephotography #animalsofinstagram #elephantsofinstagram #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation

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A moment of zen. #MondayMotivation . . #lions #lion #africa #wildlifephotography #animalsofinstagram #serenity #momentofzen #mondays #sunset photo by @julielarsenmaher

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A spectacular wilderness in Uganda is under threat. . Murchison Falls National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, home to elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes, and crocodiles like this one. As such, it's also important to the local economy. . But now, Uganda’s Electric Regulatory Authority (ERA) is seeking approval for a new hydroelectric plant connected to the park’s iconic waterfalls. . There is a growing outcry in Uganda, across multiple sectors, that this damming of the river that feeds Murchison Falls is a bad idea. However, voices of opposition within the country are not enough. . Join the calls to stop the dam. Sign our petition by July 3 via the link in our bio. . . #takeaction #SaveMurchisonFalls #murchisonfalls #murchisonfallsnationalpark #advocacy #uganda #africa #wilderness #biodiversity #speakup #actnow #hippo #birdsofinstagram

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Guatemala's scarlet macaws are vanishing. Today, there are only a few hundred left in the country. . One major reason: fire. Thousands of fires have been set to clear land for agriculture. They're also decimating important macaw habitat. . @mongabay just spoke with WCS veterinarian Luis Fernando Guerra about the program to revive the population, which involves hand-raising third and fourth chicks. . Generally, among scarlet macaws in the wild, only the first two chicks in a clutch have a good chance of survival. After that, any additional chicks have a high mortality rate. The team pulls these birds and raises them in a field lab. From there, the chicks are placed in a foster nest or, when the birds are ready, re-released back into the forest. Read about it via our bio. . . #BirdsofInstagram #macaw #scarletmacaw #parotsofinstagram #guatemala #conservation #veterinarian #animalhealth #endangered #wildlifeconservation #red #bird

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Murchison Falls National Park is full of wildlife, including elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes, and more. It’s also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Uganda, But a proposed hydroelectric dam threatens this center for biodiversity and the local economy. . Many in Uganda feel this is a bad idea. We in the global community have to speak out as well. . Help us oppose this plan. Sign our petition by July 3. Link in bio. . Photos: Murchison Falls; hippo; ruby-throated bee-eater . #takeaction #SaveMurchisonFalls #murchisonfalls #murchisonfallsnationalpark #advocacy #uganda #africa #wilderness #biodiversity #speakup #actnow #hippo #birdsofinstagram

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From our colleagues with @arcticwcs, a semipalmated sandpiper chick for your #WildlifeWednesday. . . #BirdsofInstagram #wildlifephotography #animalsofinstagram #wildlifeconservation #arctic #bird #babiesofinstagram #alaska #wildlife #chick

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The giant South American river turtle is the largest river turtle on the continent. It's a key cultural symbol for many communities and it plays an important ecological role. Today, it's also Critically #Endangered. . But, conservation projects are now protecting an unprecedented number of these turtles, a new study says. The researchers, including some from @TheWCS, looked at projects across the Amazon and Orinoco basins—which include #Brazil, #Venezuela, #Colombia, #Bolivia, #Peru, and #Ecuador—and found that more than 147,000 female South American river #turtles are being saved . More via our bio. . . #TurtlesofInstagram #turtle #southamerica #wildlifeconservation #criticallyendangered #amazon #wildlifephotography @wcsperu @wcsbrasil @wcscolombia @wcsecuador

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We’re celebrating 20 years since Congo Gorilla Forest opened at WCS’s @BronxZoo. The award-winning exhibit shows visitors how we help save wildlife in the work that we do at the zoo and in nature. It remains one of the most popular stops at the park. . Read more about it via our bio. And if you have been to the exhibit, share a memory with #CongoTwenty. . . #BronxZoo #congo #gorilla #animalsofinstagram #gorillasofinstagram #wildlifeconservation #endangered #inspiring #education @zoos_aquariums

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In honor of #WorldGiraffeDay, one of our favorite camera trap images. This one is from Kenya. Giraffes are iconic, majestic, and graceful. This seems to capture it. They’re also facing serious threats, including poaching and habitat loss. . . #blackandwhite #wildlifephotography #candid #cameratrap #candidanimals #giraffe #africa #kenya #nationalselfieday

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Great news from Belize! The government has declared its plans to protect the Maya Forest Corridor, which is in central Belize and serves as a gateway connecting and ensuring the survival of many species. . Pictured: 1. Tapir 2. Agami heron 3. wetlands from above . Without the newly announced protection, the corridor would be critically imperiled, having already been reduced by more than 65% over the past decade due largely to deforestation for large-scale agricultural developments, including sugarcane. . We join a host of organizations today in applauding the move. . . #belize #conservationnews #protectedarea #forest #centralamerica #wildlife #widlifephotography #animalsofinstagram #birdsofinstagram #tapir #wetlands

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The lengthy legs of a Senegal lapwing for your #wildlifewednesday. . . #wildlifephotography #birdsofinstagram #lapwings #africa #lapwing #bird #birding #birdphotography #animalshots

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Good news! The Indian government has expanded protected areas in the wildlife-rich Western Ghats region to safeguard populations of Endangered lion-tailed macaques, Critically Endangered Kolar leaf-nosed bats, and more. . “This is a very big step towards the conservation of the Western Ghats and will go a long way in preserving critical habitat and wildlife,” said @wcsindia Country Director Prakriti Srivastava. “The credit goes entirely to the government for recognizing the need and taking this action.” . . Repost from @wcsnewsroom #india #westernghats #macaque #wildlifeconservation #endangered #conservation #wildlifephotography #animalsofinstagram

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Great news! With our partners, we've reported an astounding success: zero instances of elephant poaching for the past 12 months in Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve, a massive protected area that had been plagued by rampant wildlife crime just a few years ago. . Conservationists attribute the elimination of poaching to a collaborative effort with the Government of Mozambique and concession operators in the park, combined with deployment of a special police rapid intervention unit; an increased aviation program providing surveillance and the deployment of a helicopter and Cessna aircraft; and tough new sentencing of poachers. . Full story via our bio. . . #elephants #mozambique #poaching #96elephants #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #greatnews

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Happy Father's Day! Kingo is a wild silverback gorilla. He’s over 40 years old and a protective dad to well over a dozen offspring. Researchers know from observing him in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park that he also likes to nap with his feet in the air and that he hums while he eats. . . #gorilla #ndoki25 #fathersday #dad #happyfathersday #gorilla #africa #congo #fathers #kingo #portrait #animalsofinstagram #wildlifephotography

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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is a stunning protected area and World Heritage Site that spans 1,621 square miles of pristine lowland rainforest safeguarding some of Central Africa’s best-known wildlife. Next week, we, along with our local and international partners, will celebrate the park's 25th anniversary. More via our bio. 📷 by @kyledenobrega . . #Ndoki25 #Congo #rainforest #conservation #anniversary #gorilla #elephants #iconic #wildlifeconservation #centralafrica @wcs_congo

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WCS’s Dr. Tracie Seimon, a molecular #biologist, recently took part in a @natgeo expedition to Mount #Everest, where she snapped this photo of a Griffen #vulture. Seimon was part of a team of biologists who examined soil samples and glacial lakes to better understand the range of life surviving on Earth’s highest peaks. . Wildlife, insects, and plants at these elevations are often indicator species that can help scientists understand changes taking place in an ecosystem that might not otherwise be visible. In this way, high-elevation species can help identify early warning signs of future impacts while providing evidence of how they are adapting to a changing environment. . . #wildlife #mounteverest #mteverest #natgeo #explorer #science #biology #vulture #birdsofinstagram #perpetualplanet #natgeoextremes #Everest2019 #EverestBaseCamp #climatechange

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Are penguins lefties or righties? In nature, even animals without hands, like fish and marine mammals, have been shown to prefer one side over the other. . In a new study, scientists looked at Magellanic penguins in Argentina. Their results are part of our latest #3SentenceScience. More via our bio. . . #BirdsofInstagram #Argentina #penguin #penguinsofinstagram #lefty #science #righty #wildlifephotography #headturn #turnleft

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We're facing a biodiversity crisis. The current rate of species loss is "undermining nature's ability to sustain life on Earth," the recent #IPBES report stated. . The European public gets it, writes WCS's Janice Weatherley-Singh on @Euractiv. But, to date, politicians there have lacked the willingness to take bold action. Her hope: the recent elections spur strong moves on the issue. . Read the full piece via our bio. Pictured: a dik dik crossing a road in Africa. . . #biodiversity #biodiversityloss #globalassessment #unitednations #conservation #wildlifeconservation #euelections #euelections2019 #euractiv #europeanunion #speciesloss #extinction

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Today is #WorldOceansDay. With our partners, we're launching a new technology called MERMAID that will help scientists monitor a growing crisis below the surface. Read about it via our bio. . . #worldoceansday2019 #coralreefs #climatechange #science #oceanconservation @bloombergdotorg @macfound @datamermaid @wwf #vibrantoceans

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For #WorldOceansDay, let’s talk about an endangered species crisis at sea: the rapid and precipitous removal of the ocean’s ancient predators, sharks and rays. . Said the recent UN IPBES report: 31% of sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. . That makes the upcoming #CITES meeting to gain additional protections for a record 18 species of sharks and rays, including mako sharks like this one, very important. Writes WCS’s Luke Warwick, we can turn political momentum from this into real change on the water. Full piece via our bio. . . #WorldOceansWeek #COP18 #shark #oceanconservation #rays #wildlifeconservation

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Saturday is #WorldOceansDay. For ocean life, coral reefs are crucial ecosystems, home to fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals as well as some of the most important primary producers on the planet. They also face serious threats from climate change, destructive fishing practices, and more. . Blast fishing, or using explosives to kill or stun schools of fish, remains a threat to Indonesia's Taka Bonerate reef. To eliminate it, @wcs_id, as part of #VibrantOceans, aids park authorities in reducing the availability of the chemicals used to make the bombs, improving local surveillance activities, and deploying technologies to detect and record remote blasts, which will enable better enforcement throughout this large reef system. #WorldOceansWeek. . . @bloombergdotorg #indonesia #oceanconservation #ocean#worldoceansweek #fishing #marine #asia#conservation #wildlifeconservation #worldoceansday #takabonerate

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Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay! Together we can make a difference for our beautiful planet and its colorful inhabitants. . Photos: 1. Flamingos in Argentina 2. Turtle hatchlings emerging in Brazil 3. A king eider in Arctic Beringia . . #flamingos #kingeider #turtles #babyturtles #turtlesofinstagram #birdsofinstagram #worldenvironmentday2019 #environment #conservation

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These are male western grey #kangaroos in #Australia. As you can see in this photo, when they compete for dominance, these kangaroos can put all their weight on their tails, which helps them to kick more effectively. These matches end when the loser retreats. Fortunately, they don't usually result in injury. More about these incredible bouts on #wcswildview via our bio. . . #kangaroos #boxing #fight #wildlifephotography #strength #kickboxing #kick #downunder #marsupials #kangaroosofinstagram

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Great news! More than 40,000 acres of critical #wildlife habitat in the Payunia Natural Protected Area in #Argentina, home to #guanacos, Andean #cats, and Andean #condors, have been protected. The area was already within the boundaries of a reserve but it was being used by livestock producers, who received the rights from the province before the creation of the protected area. A handful of groups, including WCS, has negotiated the resignation of those rights. This habitat will now part of the strictly protected core of the reserve. More via our bio. . . Repost from @WCSNewsroom #guanacos #southamerica #naturesstrongholds #protectedarea #livestock #wildlifeconservation #naturereserve #wildlife #animalsofinstagram #shaggy #goodnews