Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh: Talk about a lazy day! I found this huge Water Monitor resting in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park, right in the centre of the city. People jogged by as this lizard soaked up the sun's energy. Our lives and nature are entwined, and the issues nature faces aren't something that’s just “over there in the distance”. Nature is all around us - in our cities, in our gardens, on our doorsteps - and we rely on it for our world to work. What will you do to protect it?
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh: If I told you that a kingfisher and a shrew had something in common, would you believe me? Probably not, but here is the proof: a female Banded Kingfisher bringing a shrew back to the nest to feed her chick. On the same day she was also seen bringing back caterpillars, giant centipedes and even a baby snake! Connections between different species are not often obvious but they are always important - that’s why we need to protect ecosystems, not just individual animals.
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh: This young Asian Elephant was having a great time throwing grass around at sunset. Elephants are incredibly important to their environments - for example when they knock down trees and create clearings, they allow sunlight to reach the forest floor and let new plant life grow. They also disperse seeds from the fruit they eat far and wide. You can think of them as giant gardeners!
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh: Dinner time! Crocodiles can be quite boring to watch, as they spend most of their time floating around pretending to be logs and basking on river banks. But then suddenly that all changes as one snaps into action at lightning speed, bringing their immense jaw pressure down on some unsuspecting animal. If you’re lucky, you might just be able to capture a shot of the action before it dies down again!
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh : A bright flash of colour caught my eye, so I followed it through the bushes to get a better look. I was greeted by this tiny sunset with wings, an Orange-Breasted Sunbird. Sunbirds have evolved to feed on nectar with their long beaks - much like Hummingbirds in the Americas - but are not actually very closely related. They both evolved separately to solve the same problem: nectar was delicious but just out of reach!
Rescuing Indus river dolphins in Pakistan can be a tricky job. Wildlife ranger Nazir Mirani’s hands are full of dolphin bites from various rescue operations. But he can't imagine a life without dolphins around him. He is an excellent swimmer and joined by a team that locates dolphins in shallow waterbodies. Over the years, WWF along with communities and the Wildlife Department has devised a standard mechanism to rescue these dolphins which Nazir and his team follow. More than a hundred dolphins have been rescued in the past few years. #WorldRangerDay
Today is #WorldRangerDay. In Utria National Park, located on Colombia’s Pacific coast, rangers work alongside local communities to protect landscapes and seascapes from coral reefs to mangroves to rain forests. “Managing parks in Colombia can be hard, given all the people who have rights to the land. But there are so many benefits to working with them because they are such good stewards of the land. They need to be just as much a part of the parks as the park rangers need to be part of the community.” - Utria park manager Henry Pinzoón Benavides.
Today is #WorldRangerDay. Did you know that when Namibia became independent from South Africa in 1990, it became the first African country to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution? By empowering communities with rights to manage and benefit from the wildlife on their lands through communal conservancies, Namibia has become recognized as a conservation success story. Chosen by their own community, rangers have been extraordinarily effective in tackling poaching. The elephant population has almost tripled and black rhinos, once near extinction, have rebounded.
#WWFNatureShots "Tigers are really one of the animals that people emotionally connect with. They embody everything that a human admires: The courage, passion, beauty, strength and power. They are famous in countless legends, movies and books. Yet, they are struggling to survive." NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH (JULY): Suyash Keshari // @SuyashKeshari, and the newest member of #WWFVoices is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker based out of New Delhi, India. With his camera, Suyash hopes to bring the most beautiful images of tigers to light and pair them up with "hard-hitting and compelling stories about the plight of our last remaining wild spaces, the sliver of hope for the future of this troubled species and everything else in its ecosystem". With Global Tiger Day coming up on July 29, join us in our mission to #doubletigers in the wild by 2022. Keep an eye on our Instagram story for a takeover from @SuyashKeshari We are featuring one of our amazing contributing photographers every month for the rest of the year. If you are interested in contributing any nature-related photos or videos to WWF, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orangutan populations have dropped by more than half in recent years. But there is hope. A survey of endangered orangutans in Sabah, north-east of Borneo has found that populations have stabilised within sustainably managed forests, with an estimated 10,000 #orangutans living in the area 🐵 However, the species is still in decline in areas with extensive #palmoil plantations. We must demand sustainable palm oil to protect what remains of this incredible species and its habitat. #sustainablepalmoil #deforestation #wildwednesday #saveorangutans #palmoilfree #redape #wildlifephotography #borneo #ourplanet
It’s #WorldEmojiDay! Another new emoji for 2019 - the #orangutan is one of our closest relatives. But deforestation and habitat loss to make way for crops has caused orangutan numbers to drop by more than half. We need a new deal for nature and people! Follow the link in our bio to add your #VoiceForThePlanet and make a pledge: Change the way I eat 🌽 Embrace renewable energy 💡 Restore nature where I live 🌱 Change what I buy 🛍 Use less water💧 Comment below with an emoji to let us know which pledge you’ve made! #Deforestation #Rainforest #Habitat #VoiceForThePlanet #NewDealForNature #TogetherPossible
Happy #WorldEmojiDay! Freshwater ecosystems take up less than 1% of the Earth's surface, but support approximately 10% of the world's species! But freshwater ecosystems have some of the highest extinction rates, with at least 10,000 species - like the giant softshell #turtle - endangered or already extinct because of human activity. We need a new deal for nature and people! Follow the link in our bio to add your #VoiceForThePlanet and make a pledge: Use less water 💧 Change the way I eat 🌽 Embrace renewable energy 💡 Restore nature where I live 🌱 Change what I buy 🛍 Comment below with an emoji to let us know which pledge you’ve made! #Rivers #FreshWater #Lakes #VoiceForThePlanet #NewDealForNature #TogetherPossible
Today is #WorldEmojiDay. The African #elephant is the largest living land animal! But elephants are being driven toward extinction by illegal wildlife trade, ivory poaching, habitat destruction and conflict with humans. Shockingly, more African elephants are now being poached than born. We need a new deal for nature and people! Follow the link in our bio to add your #VoiceForThePlanet and make a pledge: Change what I buy 🛍 Change the way I eat 🌽 Embrace renewable energy💡 Restore nature where I live 🌱 Use less water💧 Comment below with an emoji to let us know which pledge you’ve made! #Elephants #Poaching #Ivory #LoveElephants #SaveTheElephants #VoiceForThePlanet #NewDealForNature #TogetherPossible
Happy #WorldEmojiDay! #Whales can be found in all the world’s major oceans, from the Arctic and Antarctic oceans to tropical waters around the equator. But whales are under threat from #PlasticPollution. Over half of whales, dolphins and porpoises have ingested plastic debris. We need a new deal for nature and people! Follow the link in our bio to add your #VoiceForThePlanet and make a pledge: Embrace renewable energy 💡 Change the way I eat 🌽 Restore nature where I live 🌱 Change what I buy 🛍 Use less water💧 Comment below with an emoji to let us know which pledge you’ve made!
What better way to celebrate #WorldChocolateDay than these sustainable, environmentally-friendly chocolate brownies? They are amazingly chewy and gooey and - best of all - good for the planet! *Visit our stories to find out how you can make these.*
We’re thrilled that @sussexroyal, the official Instagram account of the British Royal Family’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) has chosen to highlight WWF as one of the organisations working towards #PositiveChange for the environment in July. The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, said: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth… Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing… Every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.” It's fantastic that high-profile individuals are increasingly using their voices to raise awareness of environmental issues. Together we can make a difference! #TogetherPossible #NatureMatters #DukeofSussex #PrinceHarry #DuchessOfSussex #MeghanMarkle #SussexRoyal #wwf #RoyalFamily #BritishMonarchy
"Nature photography has opened my eyes to the beauty of nature. By taking pictures of nature, I'm able to share it with others and inspire them!" NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH (JUNE): Jules Jal // @julesjalphotogr, a traveller and freelance photographer based in Singapore who specialises in nature, wildlife, street and event photography. For the rest of the year, we will feature one of our amazing contributing photographers every month. If you are interested in contributing photos or videos to WWF, drop us an email at email@example.com #WildlifePhotography #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotographer #NaturePhotographer
Happy #WorldRainforestDay! Rainforests are some of the most biodiverse places on Earth, home to more than half of all the world’s documented plant and animal species. But we’re losing rainforests at an unsustainable rate. Last year alone, an area of rainforest the size of Belgium was destroyed. Illegal logging, development and agriculture is pushing species like the Orangutan to the brink of extinction. Help protect our remaining rainforests! Look for products with labels like FSC and RSPO. Ensure that any products containing palm oil come from sustainable sources, and put pressure on brands and retailers to choose sustainable palm oil and wood. #orangutan #lovenature #wildlife #forest #NaturePhotography #palmoil #borneo #endangered #NatureMatters #Connect2Earth
22nd June marks #WorldRainforestDay. Rainforests are vital to life on Earth. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, help stabilise the climate, are home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife, and regulate rainfall across the globe. Rainforests protect land against floods, droughts and erosion, and more than 25% of our modern medicines originate from tropical forest plants! #AmazonRainforest #lovenature #wildlife #forest #NaturePhotography #Jaguar #JungleCat #NatureMatters #Connect2Earth #BigCats
Congratulations to Monique Ntumngia, winner of the WWF 2019 President’s Youth Award – our conservation award to honour outstanding young people who are committed to protect the natural world and making significant contributions to nature conservation. @ntumngiamonique is the founder of @greengirlsorganisation which trains girls in Africa to generate energy from renewable sources like solar, water and waste. She’ll be taking over our Instagram Stories tomorrow! Stay tuned on 14th June for Monique’s posts! #SustainableEnergy #GreenEnergy #WomeninSTEM #Entrepreneur
Little #lynx cubs are not only fluffy and sweet, they’re also very brave! They like to climb trees, make their first hunting attempts and play with their siblings. There should be many more lynxes in Europe, but roads, cars, diseases and illegal killings are a big danger to their survival. That’s why we stand for the protection of lynxes and work to help them find safe habitats in Europe. . . . #SpeciesConservation #WildAnimals #NaturePhotography #Nature #WildCat #BigCat #WildlifeofInstagram #WildlifePhotography #SaveOurNature #SaveOurPlanet
Happy #WorldOceansDay 🌊 Aren’t the creatures of our ocean simply spectacular? ❤ From the humpback whale to the spinner dolphin and so much more, oceans are home to an incredible array of wildlife. However, these amazing ecosystems are in crisis from threats such as overfishing, climate change, pollution and more. Plastic pollution is so severe, it’s now in our food, water and air. Are you ready to say no to a #PlasticDiet? Stay tuned on the 12th of June to find out more. #ClimateChange #StopPlasticPollution #PlasticPollution #OverFishing #PlasticFree #MarineLife #PlasticFreeForTheSea #BeatPlasticPollution #PlanetOrPlastic
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh (3/3): Success!! After 3 hours of patience (and a few moments of impatience along the way) I finally managed to capture this photo of a heron just as it caught a fish from the back of a hippo. I find it amazing that these herons have learnt to adapt to their environment this way. The hippos disturb the fish as they move around, bringing them to the surface, making them an easy target for the herons. Three entirely different species all playing their role in the ecosystem. Nature is full of these fascinating and important relationships - that’s why protecting our biodiversity is so essential! Don't forget to head to the WWF grid for the whole story.
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh (2/3): It was at least an hour before I made any progress. Doubt started to creep in. I’m not typically the type of photographer who will plan a 7-week expedition just to get one specific photo of an ant (although if you’re interested in hiring me for that, call me – I’m in). I’m much more opportunistic in my approach, preferring to choose a location which has a lot of interesting stuff going on and just immersing myself in it. But as I started to wonder about what the other animals in the park were doing, this image happened. This was technically a photo of a heron fishing from the back of a hippo – you just can’t see the hippo! The hippos only come to the surface for a few seconds at a time, so I would have to be extra lucky to get a shot like this with the hippo visible. But was it impossible? Check out the final post later today to find out.
Post by #WWFVoices @wildlifejosh (1/3): One afternoon at the start of my recent photography trip to Kruger National Park, South Africa, I spotted a heron surfing on the back of a hippo. “Cool,” I thought. I didn’t really think about it again until one of the last days there, when I found myself back at the same dam and I noticed that one of the herons was at it again. Just cruising around, hopping from hippo to hippo, having the time of its life. But then I noticed something else I had missed before: as the hippos moved around in the lake they were disturbing the fish, making them swim to the surface and sometimes even jump out of the water entirely. It suddenly clicked: the heron wasn’t surfing, it was fishing! So I set myself a challenge. I wanted to get an action shot of a heron catching a fish from the back of a hippo... Stay tuned for the parts 2 and 3 of this story later today.
It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay. Did you know 90% of people worldwide are breathing polluted air? Air pollution is the cause of 1 in 9 deaths globally, and results in 7 million premature deaths every year. Air pollution is a major cause of respiratory diseases, heart attacks, lung cancer and stroke. Air pollution is a global issue affecting people and the planet. But there are steps we can take to #BeatAirPollution: Plant trees 🌳 Clean up trash 🗑 Commute without polluting 🚴♂️ #AirPollution #Pollution #CarbonEmissions
Thanks to you we have just hit 1.9 million followers! 🤩 From pangolins to narwhals, birds of paradise to orcas, campaigning to #StopPlasticPollution and protect #EndangeredSpecies, you’ve spread our message far and wide. Thank you so much for your fantastic support! Tag a friend and help us to share our message even further and reach 2 million followers. 🤞
"From the underwater world of oceans to the thick of the rainforest until the blue of the sky, I strive to tell visually compelling stories which matter.” NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH (MAY): Jürgen Freund // @juergenfreund a wildlife and nature photographer based in Cairns, Australia with more than 30 years of experience. In 2009, Jürgen and his wife Stella-Chiu Freund set out on an 18-month expedition across the Coral Triangle, visiting bustling centers of marine product trade as well as some of the most remote and breathtaking habitats on earth. With Coral Triangle Day coming up on June 9, we celebrate the world's epicentre of marine biodiversity and recognise the importance of protecting its resources for nature and people. For the rest of the year, we will feature one of our amazing contributing photographers every month. If you are interested in contributing photos or videos to WWF, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sad truth is that over half the world’s freshwater turtles are at risk of extinction, threatened by habitat destruction, hunting and illegal trafficking. We need to protect these unique and wonderful species. A recent IPBES report found that 87% of wetlands have disappeared in the last 300 years. We need to value what remains of these important ecosystems, which are home to freshwater turtles. #WorldTurtleDay #turtles #savetheturtles #freshwaterturtle #turtleconservation #turtlelover #terrapins #turtlesofinstagram #turtlelove #Connect2Earth #NatureMatters
The last known female giant softshell turtle recently died in captivity, making this species functionally extinct. Of the 25 most endangered #turtles and tortoises on earth, many are freshwater turtles. We must do more to protect these unique and important species. #WorldTurtleDay #savetheturtles #freshwaterturtle #turtleconservation #turtlelover #terrapins #turtlesofinstagram #turtlelove #Connect2Earth #NatureMatters
Happy #WorldTurtleDay! Did you know there are more than 250 different species of freshwater turtle? 🐢 We’re celebrating the huge variety of weird and wonderful freshwater #turtle species, from super-cute diamond backed turtles 💎, to downright odd “bum breathing” turtles 🐢 the pig-nosed turtle 🐽 and the snake neck turtle 🐍. #WorldTurtleDay #turtles #savetheturtles #freshwaterturtle #turtleconservation #turtlelover #terrapins #turtlesofinstagram #turtlelove #Connect2Earth #NatureMatters
#DYK that hydro #dams generate huge amounts of #RenewableEnergy, BUT they also impact rivers and surrounding communities, environments & ecosystems? There is a renewable revolution underway. Low-impact wind and solar power is becoming more affordable, and an increasingly feasible alternative to hydropower. The world can achieve its #climate and energy goals without sacrificing our remaining healthy free-flowing rivers🌊 We need a #NewDealForNature! Governments, the private sector, communities, and scientists must work together to embrace renewable alternatives to hydropower. #solarpower #windpower #renewablerevolution #hydropower #cleanenergy #connect2earth #naturematters #WorldHydroCongress
Sharks 🦈 play a vital role in maintaining the health of ocean ecosystems, but it’s a sad fact that up to 100 million #sharks are caught each year. There are currently only 38 Marine Protected Areas where sharks are safe from overfishing. We need more Marine Protected Areas to help shelter these ancient creatures. #sharkscience #sharksofinstagram #savesharks #discoverocean #savethesharks #lovesharks #helpsavesharks #marineprotectedarea #marineconservation #sharksdaily #underwaterphotography #sharkconservation
90% of the world’s seabirds are estimated to have plastic in their stomach. This could reach 99% by 2050 if we don’t take action. Here are some changes you can make to limit your own plastic waste: Reduce, reuse and recycle - limit your use of plastic materials and replace them with eco-friendly alternatives. Choose eco-alternatives to items like cotton buds, disposable wipes and toothbrushes. Use and dispose of plastics sustainably - recycle wherever possible. ♻️ Clean up: Join clean-up activities 🚯 in your area, whether at beaches 🌊 parks 🌿 or rivers 🐟 Spread the word: Support local and global action against excessive, unnecessary use and detrimental disposal of plastics 💪🏻 #stopplasticpollution #connect2earth #naturematters #migratorybirds #oceancleanup #beachcleanup #plasticpollutes #microplastics #reduceplastic
It’s a sad truth that 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans every year, with devastating consequences for migratory birds like the Laysan albatross. On #WorldMigratoryBirdDay, why not join clean-up activities in your area, which are being held at beaches and along rivers? Last year over 750 events were held to spread the word and build a better future for birds and people on our interconnected planet. Find out more on the World Migratory Bird Day website, and be the solution to plastic pollution! #stopplasticpollution #connect2earth #naturematters #migratorybirds #oceancleanup #beachcleanup #plasticpollutes #microplastics
#DYK that only 1/3 of our world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing? Dams are the leading cause of connectivity loss in river systems because they modify the natural flow of rivers and fragment their habitats. #Rivers #Dams #SaveOurRivers #FreeFlowingRivers #Habitats
Did you know there are 15 different species of tuna? Some, like bluefin and yellowfin tuna, for example, are heavily overfished in parts of the ocean. Governments can fix this problem by acting on scientific advice before it’s too late for these magnificent species. #WorldTunaDay
"When photographing the wild, I become a part of nature and feel its rhythm. The photographer should be an observer, not an intruder. "The privilege to observe the life of animals in their habitat, be a part of their world and share their joys and sorrows, is what inspires me to tell this story through my photos." . . NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH (APRIL): Diana Rudenko // @dvr.photography_, a WWF Ukraine volunteer and exhibited wildlife photographer. For the rest of the year, we will feature one of our amazing contributing photographers every month. If you are interested in contributing photos or videos to WWF, drop us an email at email@example.com. #photographersofinstagram #wildlifephotographer #naturelovers #naturephoto #nature_brilliance #instanature #naturephotographer
#DYK that the largest dolphin is the orca? One of the most powerful marine predators, it can grow in length to 9.7 meters, about the size of a school bus. However, marine mammals on our planet are facing many threats, including entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, underwater noise, and habitat loss, putting their survival at risk and affecting the very ecosystems we depend on.
Join us this #EarthDay as we commit to: 🌍Earth-friendly acts
✅Make more sustainable choices
👣 Reduce our carbon footprint 💡Conserve energy & resources and ♻️ Share the #Connect2Earth challenge.
It's #WorldHeritageDay! Nearly half of UNESCO sites worldwide are under pressure from harmful industrial activities. Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is a #UNESCO natural World Heritage site home to elephants, lions and African wild dogs. It is one of Africa’s last wilderness areas. On World Heritage Day, raise your voice in the comments if you want #WorldHeritage sites to be protected! #SharedHeritage #Tanzania #GameReserve #Elephants #lions #SelousGameReserve
Have you seen the incredible Forests episode of @OurPlanet? If so you’ll be as amazed by the great hornbills as we are! These birds feed on the fruits of the forest’s trees. Their two-metre wingspan allows them to travel long distances, spreading the fruit's seeds across the forest floor. This is essential for vegetation to flourish. #ShareOurPlanet #NatureMatters #WesternGhats #GreatHornbills #forests #rainforests #TropicalBirds #hornbill
The @OurPlanet series is an intimate look into the lives of some of the most iconic species on Earth. Did you know that humpback whales have been known to sing as part of a male breeding display? #ShareOurPlanet
Have you seen the From Deserts to Grasslands episode of @OurPlanet yet? Did you know that the Atacama desert in Chile is the driest place on earth? . . There are areas in the desert where rain has never been recorded. #ShareOurPlanet #AtacamaDesert #Deserts #SanPedroDeAtacama #ValleDeLaLuna #OurPlanet #OurPlanetNetflix #NatureDocumentary #Connect2Earth #NatureMatters
Did you know, walrus use their incredible tusks for fighting, to form breathing holes, and to haul their huge bodies onto the sea ice? #OurPlanet
You made your voices heard and world leaders are listening! #Positivenews alert, Nordic governments became the first in the world to call for a global treaty to #StopPlasticPollution in our oceans. This is a fantastic step in the right direction. Together, we can and we will make a difference. Follow the link in our bio and join the 400K people calling ALL world leaders for urgent action! #Plastic #PlasticPollution #BeatPlasticPollution #PlasticOcean #ReduceReuseRecycle #SaveTheOcean #SayNoToPlastic #BeatPlasticPollution #BreakFreeFromPlastic #PlanetOrPlastic #PeoplePower #TakeAction #PlasticPollutes
We couldn’t agree more... “Never has it been more important to understand how the natural world works - and how to help it.” - Sir David Attenborough. @ourplanet #ShareOurPlanet #Netflix #NatureMatters #VoiceForThePlanet #WWF Photo credit: Wild dogs - © Jeff Wilson / Silverback/Netflix
Plastic bags, fishing nets and fishing lines. These are some of the items found inside the stomach of a whale carcass washed ashore in Italy. The pregnant whale had ingested 22kg of plastic. Tragically, this is the fourth incident in a short space of time in which a whale has washed ashore with excessive amounts of plastic in its stomach. If we don’t act now, we will lose more of our planet’s precious #MarineLife. Will you join us in calling for world leaders to #StopPlasticPollution? Follow the link in our bio. #StopPlasticPollution #Plastic #PlasticPollution #BeatPlasticPollution #PlasticOcean #ReduceReuseRecycle #SaveTheOcean #SayNoToPlastic #BeatPlasticPollution #BreakFreeFromPlastic #PlanetOrPlastic #PeoplePower #TakeAction #PlasticPollutes
#NatureMatters to each & everyone of us, & all our actions big and small have the power to create a better tomorrow for generations to come. Thanks for supporting #EarthHour, Brazil!