African wild dogs used to range across 39 countries in Africa in upward numbers of 500,000. Illegal poaching and snaring has devastated the species and today, only 7,000 dogs remain in Africa with about 700 left in Zimbabwe where @painted_dog_conservation operates. In 2018 alone, PDC's Anti Poaching Units have undertaken more than 400 patrols, patrolling for more than 2,200 hours, covering more than 7,400 miles on foot. They have recovered more than 800 snares and arrested 7 poachers. The number of lives they have saved cannot be measured.
Today is the Day of the Cotton-Top Tamarin, a national holiday in Colombia! Cotton-top tamarins are among the most endangered primates in the world. They are found only in northwestern Colombia, where their tropical rainforest habitat is rapidly disappearing due to agricultural deforestation. In the past 2 years, our conservation partners at @ProyectoTiti have helped to restore more than 200 acres of Cotton-Top Tamarin habitat by planting more than 50,000 saplings. Happy #DiadelTiti2019!
The saiga antelope, a relic of Ice Age fauna that included mammoths and saber-tooth cats, lives in some of the harshest lands in the world. Their body has adapted to withstand soaring and freezing temperatures in Central Asia. In the hot summer months, a saiga's nose helps to filter out dust, and its coat molts from thick pale fur to reveal a cooler and lighter tan coat. Visit @saiga_conservation for more!
Every year, WCN’s Wildlife Conservation Expos provide a unique opportunity to bring together wildlife’s most avid supporters with some of the world’s leading conservationists to connect, share stories, and make life-long friendships. This year we are kicking off Expo weekend with a special talk from @janegoodallinst, the evening of Friday, October 11 with Expo to follow on Saturday, October 12. Ticket link in our bio!
We are so excited to partner with @ivoryella for #WorldElephantDay! Ivory Ella donates 10% of their profits to @savetheelephants in order to secure a future for this iconic species. Today, Ivory Ella will be donating an additional $5 for every purchase. Visit the link in our bio to help drive donations and make a difference for elephants!
This #WorldLionDay, we want to elevate the work of our two lion conservation partners, @niassalionproject and @ewasolions. Based in Mozambique and Kenya, both of these programs work to protect dwindling populations of wild lions through community involvement. While the challenges facing lions in their areas differ, they both agree that working closely with community members is the most constructive way to see lions recover. Consider donating to support their projects at wildnet.org/donate
Lion populations have declined by half in the last 25 years with as few as 20,000 remaining in Africa. Today, we adopt the Declarations to Recover Lions to ensure that wild lions, landscapes and African people thrive. Please join the growing community of lion conservationists as we stop the loss of lions, reduce the cost of living with lions in Africa, and unlock the value of this iconic species. Link in bio. #LionDeclarations #ProtectThePride
Happy #InternationalCatDay! Small wild cats can be found just about anywhere in the world. From African golden cats to jaguarundis to Bornean bay cats (just to name a few), small cats all have their own share of threats and need protection. Our partners at @smallwildcats are addressing these challenges by stopping the loss of habitat and prey, preventing indiscriminate killing, and conflict with humans, livestock and domestic animals. The threats are complex but SWCCF is reaching out all around the world to protect small wild cats wherever they're found. Leopard cat photo by Thierry Plaud
Dhole or dog? Dholes, also known as the Asiatic wild dog or red dog, are part of the Canidae family, making them both dholes AND dogs. Dholes are found in eastern and southern Asia and are extremely athletic. When hunting as a pack, they've been known to catch prey over 10 times their own body weight (up to 440+ pounds!). Very few dholes exist in the wild today due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Visit our website to donate to conservationist Arjun Srivathsa’s project aiming to save dholes in Asia. Photo by Ramki Sreenivasan
Hammerheads are getting hammered. Seriously, it's no joke, fishing has reduced populations of this iconic ancient species in many locations by over 90%. Hammerhead conservation is now urgent and drives much of the shark science @MarAlliance is conducting in Panama. MarAlliance's ongoing monitoring of big fish species, like this endangered #scallopedhammerhead, is providing important information on the demographics of shark and ray populations, their critical habitats, and the effects of fisheries. Due to their unique head shape and life history, hammerheads are highly vulnerable to overfishing, especially with gillnets. #sharkweek #sharkweek2019
@Maralliance founder Dr. Rachel Graham photographed filming #whalesharks in #virtualreality to bring them to thousands of students, fishers, and decision-makers who can experience these magnificent animals in 3D. Coming soon via @oceans360 Photo by @rick.miskiv / www.mskv.co
In April, 60+ volunteers from all over Costa Rica and Nicaragua gathered for a 3-day Great Green Macaw count. This census was organized in collaboration with @macawrecoverynetwork and their partners, CCT and Fundación Del Rio. Within the Sarqiqui area, the team determined that out of 150 sites, 40 were being used for nesting and 24 of those produced chicks. The last of the chicks have just fledged.
Lion recovery is not easy but it is possible through collaboration across industries and geographies. With this in mind, we brought together more than 80 conservation leaders from 16 countries in partnership with @Disney and @LionRecovery for the Lion Footprint Forum this past May. This converging had one goal in mind: to unite the lion conservation community to recover lions across Africa. Learn how this forum is helping pave a brighter future for Africa’s lions through the link in our bio.
@spectacledbearconservation observed a new bear cub on their camera traps! The cub, born to an adult female called Justina, is estimated to be about 6 months old. Spectacled bear cubs depend on their mothers until they are about 2 years old. We are hopeful that in the years to come, Justina will continue to have more cubs therefore increasing the highly endangered dry forest bear population in northwest Peru.
How do you study a cat that is rarely seen? Learn how our partner @alianza_gato_andino has devised many non-invasive techniques to track and study Andean cats without having to actually see them. Link in bio to full article. Photo: Nico Ms Thesis #cats #wildcats #wildlife #conservation #andeancats
The Ethiopian wolf is Africa's most endangered carnivore. The largest population only has some 300 wolves, and two small wolf populations have gone extinct in the past 10 years. The long-term survival of these wolves may ultimately depend on assisted movement of animals; for example to rescue populations decimated by disease and to recreate new ones in areas occupied by wolves in the past. Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme is prepared to respond to urgent needs with drastic action, and is taking the first steps of a vision for the active management of Ethiopian wolves to secure their survival. Photo by Burrard-Lucas Photography / www.burrard-lucas.com
Quiz time! How many species of pangolins are there? 🤔 Photo: Guy Colborne #pangolins #pangolin #pangolincrisisfund #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography
African manatees in Cameroon are facing an invasive plant crisis. Since 2017, an invasive plant species called Salvinia molesta is killing native plants that are food for manatees. African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization has a plan to introduce a control for this invasive plant, but they need funding to maintain the project. If you love manatees, consider supporting them by making a donation at wildnet.org/donate
In traditional Chinese medicine, rhino horn is ground into a powder, dissolved into boiling water, and used to treat a wide range of afflictions. Overall there isn’t much evidence to support the plethora of claims about the healing properties of rhino horn. The resurgence of interest in rhino horn has also seen a resurgence of poaching in Africa. In the past ten years alone, we've lost more than 7,000 rhinos. Photo by Susan McConnell
Happy 4th of July to our U.S. based followers! 🎆 We are wishing you a safe holiday with your friends and family. Photo: Burrard-Lucas Photography #4thofjuly #fourthofjuly #ethiopianwolves #wolfpups #family #wildlife #wildlifephotography
Our partner @savetheelephants (STE) has created world-leading elephant tracking technology used in 12 countries, collecting more than 13 million data points. This data allows STE to protect elephants across Africa and ensure they have the habitat needed to thrive. Photo: Robbie Labanoswki #elephants #Kenya #Africa #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #savetheelephants #elephant
Fishing cats are a wetland adapted wild cat species that prey on fish and other life forms found in lakes, rivers, and estuaries. Fishing cats were listed as an endangered species by the IUCN in 2008 due to widespread habitat loss, illegal hunting, pet trade, and a general lack of public awareness across their known range. Follow @smallwildcats to learn what you can do to help these unique cats and other small wild cats before it's too late.
How much do you know about the connection between elephants, bees and honey badgers? As part of Abi Johnson's Master's research with @ElephantsandBees_ste, innovative honey badger deterrents were tried and tested with the intention of keeping these tenacious animals away from the beehive fences used to deter elephants from crop raiding community farms. Click the link in our bio to learn more. Photo: Jane Wynyard #elephants #conservation #wildlife #kenya
Conservation isn't just about animals, it's about people too. Women who participate in Proyecto Titi’s( @proyectotiti) programs have reported an increase of income, financial security, and greater self confidence in their ability to represent themselves. These women are empowered by their ability to not only provide for their families financially, but to do so in a way that contributes to the greater good of their community by protecting cotton-tops. Photo: Juliett Gonzalez & Suzi Eszterhas #conservation #femaleempowerment #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #colombia #cottontoptamarin #monkey #girlpower
Sun soaked days are here as we mark the longest day of the year - the #SummerSolstice. All life on Earth is made possible by our solar system's single star, the sun, and that same life force is now being harnessed to save the very wildlife it created. Read more via the link in our bio.
Did you know painted dogs have about a 70% hunting success rate in Hwange National Park? Once the chase begins their chances increase to about 90% success! Despite their incredible hunting skills, painted dogs are one of the most endangered predators in Africa due to the challenges they face as human populations grow and reduce their habitat. Learn more at @painted_dog_conservation Photo: @nicholasdyerphotography #painteddogs #paintedwolves #africa #wildlife #conservation #wildlifephotography #hwangenationalpark #zimbabwe
Repost from @natgeo: Photos by Brent Stirton @brentstirton | This week, I spoke with Nat Geo writer Rachael Bale at the National Geographic Explorers Festival about our work on pangolins. These amazing animals tragically are among the world’s most illegally trafficked mammals. No one has any real idea how many pangolins are left. The trade is huge, both from a thriving Asian market for their meat in the restaurant trade and their scales in traditional medicine. There is no proven scientific basis for the medical aspect, and there are over one hundred alternatives to pangolin scales in traditional Chinese medicine. Most of those are herbal. Japan and Vietnam also use pangolin scales in their traditional medicine. The conversation should surely be one about alternatives in traditional medicine at a time of such crisis. We were joined on stage by @natashaldaly and @kirstenluce, who discussed their work on controversial captive-wildlife tourism. Here are a couple of images from the pangolin story covering some of what I saw in Africa and Asia. #NatGeoFest #tikkihywoodtrust #savepangolinsofficial #savingvietnamswildlife #wildlifecrime
Grey crowned cranes are an iconic species for wetlands and serve as indicators of wetland conservation. When their populations decline, it suggests that there are problems with wetland management that can impact not only grey crowned cranes, but also biodiversity in this habitat. Our friends at Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association released their findings from their 2018 survey of grey crowned cranes in Rwanda. They found at least 459 cranes in Rwanda, which showed increased numbers and breeding success for the birds. This gives us hope for this striking bird and provides key data to continue to point conservation efforts in the right direction. Photo: Olivier Nsengimama #cranes #birds #wildlife #conservation #rwanda #wildlifephotography #greycrownedcrane
Researchers have discovered that elephants move faster and straighter when moving through risky areas, meandering more when safer. The study, conducted by @savetheelephants and the universities of Twente and Oxford, implies that elephants search less for food when foraging in risky areas. It further builds our understanding of how elephants adapt to the threat of poaching and other hostile contact with humans. Read the full press release on their page. Photo: Nina Constable
Elephants continue to amaze us. A recent @nytimes article shares new research that finds these sentient giants may be able to determine quantity through their sense of smell to determine how much food is present. Understanding how elephants use this ability can potentially help conservationists protect areas with a high density of crops from elephant crop raiding to reduce human-elephant conflict. Photo: @nicholasdyerphotography #elephants @elephant #conservation #wildlifephotography #wildlife
Did you know that the hippopotamus is considered the world's deadliest land mammal? These semiaquatic giants kill an estimated 500 people per year in Africa, outnumbering lion, tiger, and elephant attacks. Hippos are highly aggressive, weigh over 5,000 pounds, and could easily outrun the world's fastest human in a race. Photo by Jack Swenson
Today is #worldoceansday! A time to celebrate the vast blue spaces on our planet that so many species call home. But what can you do to protect these spaces? 🤔 One simple way is to reduce your use of single use plastic. You can also learn about and support our partners @globalpenguinsociety and @MarAlliance who work across the globe to keep our oceans healthy and protect marine wildlife. 📸 J. Weller #oceans #protectourplanet #plasticpollution #penguin #marinelife
Have you heard of the saiga antelope? Resembling a Dr. Seuss character, saigas live on open dry steppes and semi-desert grasslands. @saiga_conservation recently spotted two newborns on the Stepnoy Reserve in Russia. #repost from @saiga_conservation ... ... At the end of our recent trip, we spent five hours in a special observation hideout in Stepnoy Reserve to see saigas. And it was worth it! Now we have some photos to show you. Let's start with these two curious little guys -- they were born only several weeks ago! #saigaantelope #endangered
Protect the Pride! With the release of The Lion King this summer, we are proud to announce a new collaboration with @Disney to put lion conservation in the hearts and minds of people around the world. You can be part of our journey to recover wild lion populations throughout Africa by joining the conversation with hashtags #TheLionKing #ProtectThePride and by donating to the @LionRecovery via the link in our bio.
Sharks are one of the most misunderstood species, thanks to the horror flick Jaws, which did very little justice to the true nature of this ancient, mysterious apex predator of the oceans. There are over 400 different shark species, from whale sharks, (the largest fish in the sea) to nurse sharks. Sharks also have a keen sense of smell that enables them to smell a single drop of blood in a million drops of water! As shark lovers, we're proud to support the work of our partners at @maralliance as they find solutions to protect this intelligent species. An estimated 73 millions sharks are killed each year due to illegal fishing practices and shark finning. To learn more about MarAlliance, visit our website - the link is in our bio. What is your favorite shark species? 🦈
Pangolins are known for their hard scales, but did you know they are actually born with soft scales? By day two their scales begin to harden and they deepen with color over time. Infants nurse for three to four months and will ride on the base of the mother's tail as she forages for insects. A pangolin mother will protectively roll around her baby when they both sleep or if threatened. Learn more about these scaly cuties at @savepangolinsofficial and visit pangolincrisisfund.org to help us protect them. This photo of a sunda pangolin is from Wildlife Reserves Singapore #funfactfriday #pangolins #savepangolins #conservation #wildlife #pangolin
The almendro tree is the great green macaws’ main source of food, as well as the ideal site for their nest building. The birds choose their nesting cavities based on which trees are having fruitful seasons, as the alemendros may produce lots of fruit one season and very little the next. These trees can support thousands of organisms, including the macaw, which is why it’s conservation is so crucial. Photo via @macawrecoverynetwork
Happy Friday! Did you know cotton-top tamarins weigh less than a pound? Known affectionately as the cutest little monkey, they are only found in northwestern Colombia. Check @proyectotiti to learn how they are protecting this tiny tamarin and the forests they call home. Photo: Jacqueline Deely #cottontoptamarins #colombia #monkeys #conservation
Happy #WorldTurtleDay! Loggerhead sea turtles can live into their sixties and weigh more than 250 pounds. Although they are the most abundant marine turtle in U.S. waters, they still face a number of threats such as being entangled in gillnets or longlines as bycatch. Our partner @maralliance tackles these harmful fishing practices by sharing sustainable fishing practices with local fishermen and raising awareness about the threats facing marine wildlife in their communities. Check out their account to learn more. Photo: Rachel Graham #seaturtle #turtles #healthyoceans #conservation
Saigas are migratory animals and travel long distances between summer and winter lands, but their grazing is threatened by increasing livestock numbers across their habitat. Our partner @saiga_conservation (SCA) works across the saiga's range to protect it from these types of threats. Recently, populations of this critically endangered species have begun to rebound, largely in part to SCA's efforts. Check out their account to learn more about their work. Photo: Andrey Gilev and Karina Karenina #saiga #criticallyendangered #wildlife #conservation
Portrayed as the most seldom seen, #leopards are actually the most widely distributed African big cat. They can be found in a variety of habitats ranging from desert country to equatorial forests and high mountains to coastlines. Unfortunately, due to loss and fragmentation of their habitat these majestic animals are becoming increasingly rare outside of protected areas. Photo by Frank af Petersens
More than 1 million #pangolins have been illegally traded over the past 10 years with recent record-breaking seizures of trafficked pangolin scales. But there is hope for pangolins. This #EndangeredSpeciesDay we are proud to announce that together with @savepangolinsofficial and in partnership with the @leonardodicapriofdn, we are launching the #PangolinCrisisFund to help save one of the world's most unique animals from extinction. Click the link in our bio to learn more and join us to protect pangolins. Photo of a black bellied pangolin by Alexander Ley
It's no longer Mother's Day, but we can't help from sharing this fact about mom snow leopards from our partner @SnowLeopardConservancy. Did you know that snow leopards stay with their mothers for almost two years? During this time, the young snow leopards are dependent upon their mothers for food and protection and to teach them the skills that will help them to survive as adults. Photo: Ron Kimball #snowleopards #didyouknow #wildlife
All eight species of #pangolins are threatened with #extinction driven by the illegal trade for their scales and meat. @NatGeo provides an in depth look at the pangolin crisis, its complexities, and stories from the people on the ground working to fight it in their June 2019 issue. Want to help keep pangolins from extinction? Learn about our new Pangolin Crisis Fund—100% of funds go directly to pangolin conservation - follow the link in our bio for more.
African painted dogs dappled coats of black, tan, and gold, huge satellite shaped ears, and sophisticated family structures make them one of our planet's most unique animals. Painted dogs ranged through 39 countries with a population of over 500,000 through the turn of the 20th century. Today, however, there are less than 7,000 of them across 14 range states. To support our partners in their work to save these beautiful wild dogs, visit them at @painted_dog_conservation Photo by Susan McConnell #painteddogs
From raising the next generation to taking stands for wildlife, moms around the world are having a huge impact for conservation. For example, the Mama Simbas of @EwasoLions are local women who engage other women in their community with conservation. Traditionally these women are rarely included in conservation discussions—yet their daily responsibilities put them in frequent contact with wildlife as the central users and managers of natural resources for their families. This program provides economic and education opportunities for the women, empowering both them and their children through conservation. Inspired by this idea, the Mama Tembos have formed to help @SavetheElephants guard wildlife corridors in Northern Kenya. A huge thanks to these Mamas for protecting wildlife and a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the courageous and compassionate mothers out there. Photo: Ann Martens #wildlife #mothersday #conservation
Our partner @ewasolions captured lions enjoying and getting some rest after late April rains in Samburu. #repost from @ewasolions . . We finally received a small amount of rain yesterday after weeks of nothing. The river has barely flowed since January and is still dry in most places. Herbivores congregate at the few waterholes and we are grateful to the counties and conservation partners who are digging waterholes for wildlife. Meanwhile the lions have stayed very close to the Ewaso Nyiro River waiting to ambush their prey that come down. Here is a collection of a few recent photos during this challenging time. We desperately need rain! @wildnetorg @insidenatgeo @whitleyawards #lion #conservation #wildlife #ewasolions #waterholes #dryriver #samburu #isiolo #rain #drought
The #kodkod, also called the #güiña, are the smallest #wildcats living in the Americas. These tiny felines are also extremely vulnerable to extinction. Costanza Napolitano and a team of scientists and institutions just won a grant from @natgeo to implement a plan for the conservation of the güiña. The main threats faced by this Chilean feline species are habitat fragmentation, attacks and transmissions of infections by domestic cats and dogs, road crashes, and illegal hunting. Story via our partner @smallwildcats and photo by Eduardo Minte
Ethiopia currently has the fastest growing human population in all of Africa. This puts a large strain on habitat for species like the Ethiopian wolf. Our partner Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Program is working to safeguard natural habitats in Ethiopia for the benefit of wildlife and people. They work with local communities to manage diseases in domestic dogs and livestock, which in turn reduces outbreaks to both the endangered Ethiopian wolf and human populations. Photo: Rebecca R Jackrel #Ethiopianwolf #Ethiopia #Conservation #Wildlife #wolves #wolf #wildlifephotography
Grevy’s zebra are one of three species of zebra, the others are plains and mountain zebras. They’ve undergone one of the most substantial reductions in range of any African mammal. Originally found widely through the Horn of Africa, today they are confined to Ethiopia and Kenya. Grevy’s zebras are in crisis but our partners at @grevyszebratrust are on the scene working strategically to protect this remarkable species of equid. You can donate to Grevy’s Zebra Trust via our website - the link is in our bio. Photo by Suzi Eszterhas