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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and the largest urban slum in Africa. Despite the fact that most Kibera residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than one dollar a day, there is still much hope in this remarkable community—roughly one million people sharing an area the size of New York’s Central Park.
Photo by @katieorlinsky | Whaling captain Ida Olemaun in Utqiagvik, Alaska. The annual spring bowhead whale hunt in Utqiagvik is the lifeblood of their community and Iñupiat culture. Almost the entire village participates in the tradition in some way, from hunting and camping out on the sea ice to helping process and prepare thousands of pounds of precious meat that will feed the entire community for the year to come. This ancient practice is now being threatened by climate change in a number of ways. It has become increasingly dangerous to travel and camp on sea ice as more and more of it melts every year. Another example is storage. Hunted foods can only feed the community during the long winter months if they are properly stored, which traditionally has been done in ice cellars—generations-old massive freezers dug deep into the permafrost. As permafrost thaws, it is wreaking havoc, melting what used to be permanently frozen ground and destroying and flooding many ice cellars. Others have warmed up to a point that they are unusable, spoiling whale meat and other crucial hunted foods.
Photos by @amivitale | Wonderful news! The incredible team from Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (@leibnizizw) #Avantea, @OlPejeta Conservancy, @KenyaWildlifeService and @SafariParkDvurKralove has conducted another successful ovum pickup from Najin and Fatu, daughter and granddaughter of Sudan and the last two northern white rhinos on the planet. The oocytes (immature egg cells) were transported immediately to the Avantea Laboratory in Italy. Over Christmas, they were incubated, matured and fertilized, creating one viable embryo. That embryo joins the two others created this past August. They are being stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate southern white rhino mother sometime this year.
As Richard Vigne of @olpejeta noted, “We have taken yet another small step along the road of saving the northern white rhino from extinction... Let us hope for news of a successful northern white pregnancy in the not too distant future.” Learn more, including how to help, by following @amivitale and @BioRescue_Project.
@bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya
Video by @bertiegregory | A female grey wolf moves down a frozen river to meet up with the rest of her pack. We found these wolves would regularly use meandering frozen rivers to get from point A to B. These routes were often significantly longer than choosing a straighter line through willows and deeper snow. Although longer, these river routes seemed to be much faster and energy efficient, acting as highways throughout their territory. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #wolf #cold #snow #polar #canada
Photo by @estherhorvath | We all know that the Arctic Ocean sea ice is melting, but who are the scientists delivering this information and how do they work in one of the world's most remote locations? The Station Nord military and science base, in Greenland, is home to the IceBird program. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute come twice a year to measure the sea ice at its maximum thickness in winter and at its minimum at the end of summer. Based on their findings, since 2001 Arctic sea ice has decreased by 30% in the summer months. Here Jan Rohde, from the institute, checks over documentation before the next day's measurement at Station Nord. See more of this story in the September 2019 issue in the article “Eyes on the Ice.”
Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio I San Pietro Caveoso church stands above the gorge of the Gravina River in the city of Matera, in the southern region of Basilicata, Italy. Known as la Città Sotterranea (the subterranean city), it's centered on the Sassi di Matera (stones of Matera). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Indeed, Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago. Miserably poor throughout the centuries, and a burden on the national psyche, the Sassi were forcibly cleared in the 1950s, but in recent years have seen the return of tourists, boutique hotels, and Hollywood film crews. Matera was a European Capital of Culture for 2019. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, and unpublished and archival material.
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Video by @paulnicklen | Some people call me an activist. I don't know how you can be anything else. When you stand in the presence of a wolf and look into their eyes, how can you not vow to protect all that they are and all that they represent? If caring for wildlife and nature makes me an activist, then I am proud to call myself one. The alternative—to be inactive—is unfathomable for me. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more videos like this one, and to find out how you can become a part of a powerful movement to create healthy and abundant oceans with my team at @SeaLegacy. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere #VideoOfTheDay #SeaWolf
Photo by @joelsartore | A western diamondback rattlesnake is poised to strike in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. This snake will coil and stand its ground when threatened, rattling the end of its tail rapidly as a warning sign for any creature coming too close to stay away. Follow me @joelsartore to learn more about this venomous snake. #rattlesnake #diamondback #venomous #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @gerdludwig | Hoping to rejuvenate body and soul, a devout Russian Orthodox Christian briefly submerges herself into the icy waters of Yekaterinburg.
On January 18—the eve of Russian Orthodox Epiphany (the church follows the Julian calendar)—thousands of Russians prepare for an annual tradition: gathering on frozen rivers and lakes to take a dip in the icy priest-blessed waters. This ceremony is believed to cleanse the soul of sins and protect the faithful from evil. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, this January feast day celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #RussianEpiphany #RussianOrthodox
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | It was a magical evening as I captured this image of the 5th-century B.C. Parthenon temple, illuminated atop the ancient Acropolis hill, with the Saronic Gulf seen in the background, in Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Athens #Acropolis