I could watch slow motion muskoxen in the wind everyday and never grow tired of it. They are incredible animals and are so well adapted to the North. Here, the herd is grouped together in a protective formation while a pack of Arctic wolves tests the herd for weakness. Male muskoxen only put on weight for 2 months out of the year and the rest of the time they are either maintaining or losing weight. I filmed this scene for the series called Kingdom of the White Wolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf for @natgeowild and now on @disneyplus links in my bio for where to watch the series.
It was the wolves that brought in the most likes in 2019. And one Bearzilla. Thank you all for following along and for all of the likes & comments. I look forward to sharing more stories and imagery in 2020. Happy New Year, here's to the wild ones #bestnine #wolves #wildlife #kingdomofthewhitewolf
Bright Eyes and the pups huddled together for warmth after a big meal of muskoxen. These quiet moments seemed to be the happiest times for the wolves. Bellies full, surrounded by their family and content to sleep for the next 12 hours. I think we can all relate to that happiness and comfort - amongst loved ones with ample food and security to rest. It's the universal desire of all social mammals. Learn more about this family of wolves in the @natgeo magazine article and 3-part series for @natgeowild that both published in 2019 - links in my bio. Available streaming on @disneyplus and more #kingdomofthewhitewolf #wolves #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #whitewolf #wildlife #higharctic
Grey Mane, the one year old wolf, weighs his options during a long hunt on the tundra of the High Arctic. A large bull muskoxen stands his ground against Grey Mane and his pack. At 80 degrees north, the first sunset of the summer was on August 30th. This image was taken on September 10th at 23:40 under a beautiful twilight sky. Imagine 3 months of creating imagery without a single golden hour! It drove me crazy. But in the final weeks of this project, as my body unraveled, the colors and the wolves were magnificent. Check out the @natgeowild 3-part TV series titled Kingdom of the White Wolf about the same family - available streaming and on @disneyplus links in my bio #kingdomofthewhitewolf #wolves #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild
The Arctic wolf known as One Eye tests the stamina of a lone bull muskoxen on August 20th at 21:37, 2018. Learn more about One Eye and her large family of wild wolves living 700 miles from the North Pole in the 3-part series called Kingdom of the White Wolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf links on how to watch are in my bio.
The standoff. A one-year-old arctic wolf, known as Grey Mane, looks back for direction from the rest of his pack while a herd of muskoxen form a defensive rosette nearby. Wolves can be patient hunters, especially when faced with this cooperative defense from their main prey on Canada's Ellesmere Island - known in the Inuktitut language of the far North as Umingmak Nuna or Muskox Land. Muskoxen have evolved to work together to achieve what they cannot alone - just like the wolves. While the muskoxen work together to protect themselves, the wolves work together in order to wear down their prey. Both behaviors from prey and predator are inextricably linked - the muskoxen wouldn't be a different animal if not for the wolf and vice versa. Grey Mane is the largest wolf in the pack I followed, but he still needed to learn how to be a master hunter. Hence, why he's stepping back from this herd of muskoxen and looking to his older relatives for guidance. Are they lying down or pushing forward? Are they intently focused on their prey or blinking slowly as they look around? These are the behaviors Grey Mane is watching for and others as he learns the ways of how to be a successful wolf in the High Arctic. There's a link in my bio to watch the 3-part series on Grey Mane and his family called Kingdom of the White Wolf - check it out if you're interested to learn more about wolves and this island in the North. #kingdomofthewhitewolf #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #wildlife #dogstagram #earth
This scene shows the yearling male known as Grey Mane chasing after a herd of Arctic hares - yes, a herd of hares! This is a followup to a @natgeo post from today. This scene was at the end of a 35 hours stint where the pack was hunting, covering a distance of 60 miles on a mission to make a fresh kill. The 12-week-old pups had begun to whimper and whine in protest. Their young legs and small bodies were exhausted. Grey Mane was a little over a year old, but he was the largest wolf in the pack by size. But he was a skilled hare hunter. These clips are from a 3 part series about this family of Arctic wolves called Kingdom of the White Wolf. Watch it streaming online - links in my bio. #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood
I always love these moments when the adults join in for a good game of wrestle. This wild adult male chimpanzee, known to the researchers as Big Brown, was 45 years old in this video - a grandfather in the wild chimp world. He's playing with 7 year old Likizo. I get such a kick out Big Brown's move towards the end 😁
Two wild juvenile chimps having a playful wrestle in a day nest high in the canopy of Kibale National Park, Uganda. Have a playful weekend😃
While many of us are used to the sight of a chimp eating a banana, it's not actually part of their natural diet. Bananas didn't even originate on the same continent where chimps live - Africa. Bananas are a Southeast Asia food that was brought to the Africa continent through trade in the last 2,000 years. This photo is of a wild male chimp, known as Araali to the researchers, belonging to the Bulindi chimpanzee, studied by Dr. McLennan ( @bulindichimps ), eating a banana in someone's garden in rural western Uganda. The second photo shows another male, named Jack, standing in a eucalyptus tree plantation (another noon native plant ) and found a discarded bottle to play with. Not a good thing with how many diseases we share in common with chimps. Photo 3 shows the little strip of forest left where chimps live in this part of western Uganda. Learn more in the story but David Quammen ( @davidquammen ) and I for @natgeo - link in my bio. Call to action here is to donate $ to the @bulindichimps , link in bio. Thank you.
A series of images from a recently pulished article by David Quammen and I: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda (link in bio ). . 1 - On this trail near Mparangasi village, a boy fetching water pauses cautiously as chimps pass. Around some villages in western Uganda, small groups of chimpanzees survive in remnant strips and patches of forest. Deprived of wild foods, the chimps emerge to raid crops and cultivated fruit trees, competing desperately with people for sustenance, space, survival. 2 - Two adult male chimps gaze out across what once was primary forest habitat in western Uganda. Besides small-plot farming and sugarcane plantations, vast tea estates have displaced forests. 3 - Land conversion shows starkly from the air, as along this boundary between Kibale National Park, with its protected forest, and the sprawl of tea fields and small farming 4 - A young male chimp clutches a discarded soda bottle as he stands in a young grove of planted eucalyptus trees. Chimps are our closest living relatives and therefore we share communicable diseases with them (think malaria, HIV and ebola ) and more commonly respiratory diseases. This level of close contact is troublesome for the increased potential for a spillover event. . The story is about the dire situation in some towns in western Uganda where humans and chimpanzees have collided from resource competition. It’s a blueprint story for similar conflicts around the world as a result of habitat loss and human encroachment. As is typical with this issue, the animals tend to disappear as they become food or loose their own natural foods. But in Uganda, one of the animals happens to be wild chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. They too are territorial apes living in tribal groups, as we do. Scarcity breeds conflict and there are casualties on both sides. In this series, I’ve highlighted the plight of the chimpanzees and in future posts (as with my previous post ) I’ll balance the story with telling the human side of the issue. . How to help? Send resources/$ to the NGOs working to curb deforestation. In this case, @bulindichimps has successfully been working to find solutions. Link in bio.
The hand of our closest living relative - a wild chimpanzee. The long list of similarities that we share with chimps ranges from culture to tool use to language to family structure to infant care and many more. Just look at their hearty working hands. I've watched a chimp get the tip of his finger bit clean off in a skirmish and go back to feeding 10 minutes later. There hands and physique are certainly more robust than ours. A recent story just published online @natgeo about areas in Uganda where the similarities we share with chimps can lead to challenges living alongside them. Link in my bio.
A series of images from my latest article with National Geographic that published today, written by David Quammen (link in my bio ). Photo 1: Teddy Atuhaire was a four-year-old in Mukichanga village, when a chimp entered the house while her mother was gone and carried Teddy away into a tree. The chimp gashed her head, broke her arm so badly it had to be amputated, and dropped her. The years of recovery have been difficult. With her parents dead, her siblings dead or gone, she lives by occasional labor and care from her aunts. Photo 2: A wild chimpanzee, known as Max to researchers, lost both of his feet to poachers’ snares in two separate incidents. Some of the people living nearby set snares in the National Park to trap antelope, bush pigs, and other animals for food. Chimps, despite a taboo in Uganda against eating them, become unintended victims and are strong enough to tear themselves free. But the snare cable remains and cuts off blood-flow to the limbs. About a third of the chimps in one community in Kibale National Park have suffered snare injuries. Photo 3: An aerial photo depicts the area where both Teddy and Max live. One side is dominated by human agriculture and the other is what remains of Kibale National Park. The pressures put on the land by both humans and wildlife have created these unintended conflicts between humans and wild chimpanzees. I’ll continue to post images and stories from this longterm story that I began in 2011. Learn more @bulindichimps
Two Arctic wolf sisters, known as One Eye and Bright Eyes, howling at midnight on a frosty September morning on Ellesmere Island. The pack had been traveling, but the four pups grew tired (swipe left to see the pups ). The wolves with the tired young legs flopped into a furry pile at a rendezvous site while the rest of the pack continued. One Eye and Bright Eyes doubled back to check on the pups. All was well. They then howled to locate the others and the two adult sisters trotted off into the twilight and left the pups in a tired heap. This is just a snapshot of the lives of these wild Arctic wolves. Follow the links in my bio to see the @natgeo 3-part TV series on these wolves as well as a link to the accompanying magazine article. #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood
Being the only pup at this den, this little six week old girl would always get so excited when one of the adults returned. Without any playmates her own size, she’d be all over the adults. Watch to the end for a pretty funny interaction between mom and this solo pup getting stuck in the den. I love these little moments between these wild families that take place everyday all over the world. These familial bonds are what sustains all social mammals, ourselves included. Ellesmere Island, Canada. See more Arctic wolves in the TV series called Kingdom of the White Wolf. Link in my bio. #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood #wolfden #puppy #wolfpup
A six week old wild Arctic wolf pup peeks at a remote camera from behind her father’s leg on the remote Canadian island known in Inuktitut as Umingmak Nuna, meaning "land of muskoxen.” In just a few weeks, this young pup will outgrow the den life and will start to follow the adults into the unknown. It will begin to learn about its vast home range and the sights and smells that will become its life for the years to come. She will learn from her parents how to survive in this harsh environment and eventually, how to hunt the mighty muskoxen. There's a link in my bio to learn more about these wolves - both in a @natgeo magazine article in the September issue and a 3-part TV series now streaming.
At 12 weeks old, these Arctic wolf pups have left behind their blue eyes and milk teeth. Under the twilight of their first sunsets, they slowly transform into adolescents. Eating fresh meat, keeping up with the adults on travel days, soaking up everything they smell and see. It takes over a year to become a full fledged contributing adult in a wild wolf pack. Like humans, they have to learn how to hunt, how to avoid injury, and how to raise a family in some of the harshest environments on the planet. Photos are from my @natgeo magazine story. Links in my bio to that story and the accompanying TV series about these wolves. #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood
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Kingdom of the White Wolf - now available online. Links are in my bio and also on @disneyplus The @natgeowild 3-part TV series represents the culmination of years of work and the collaboration of dozens of people who’ve worked tirelessly to create the final piece. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who devoted their time and energy to this project. Directed by Tony Gerber @tgerber63 at Market Road Films with its broadcast debut tonight on @natgeowild at 8PM ET, Kingdom of the White Wolf is a natural history series that will transport you to the High Arctic and embed you with a wild pack of wolves as they prepare for the coming winter. The series is narrated by Jenny Jules @juicyjules555 with an original score by @pablitobrill w cinematography by Luke Padgett @severalpictures and @ronan_donovan sound design by @woundedbuffalosound editing by @graphicsexproject @atfilms @quistabird color by @rcocolor produced by @tator_hmmm field producer Adam Amir @atfilms written by @tgerber63 with @neilshea13 associate producers @allegranik @jp_sweetpea network EP @pamela_caragol Special thanks to Janet Han Vissering and Kathy Moran @kfmoran for developing this project over 2 years ago. Kingdom of the White Wolf premieres this Sunday, August 25th at 8 PM Eastern Time on @natgeowild The series will be available to stream online Monday, August 26th on iTunes, @hulu @amazonprimevideo @natgeo TV and @googleplay_offical #arctic #wolves #wildlife #wilderness #nature #climatechange #meltingice #changingarctic #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood
One Eye leading the Polygon Pack during a hunting foray across the Arctic tundra. What do you think of wild wolves? Should they be allowed to roam freely, as they have for millennia, or should they be allowed only in those far reaching wilderness areas where humans rarely venture? If you’re curious about wolves and wilderness, I’d like to share with you a new three-part special event premiering this Sunday, August 25, from 8-11pm ET, on Nat Geo WILD. Come join me as I travel to the High Arctic, to a landscape uninhabited by humans, in pursuit of the legendary white wolf. These wolves have never been hunted, they are fearless and free, offering a chance to learn more about this mysterious social predator. Directed by Tony Gerber @tgerber63 and filmed by Luke Padgett @severalpictures and Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood
This is a story about wolves that exist in a wilderness without competition with humans for the same food sources – wild game or livestock - and to show them for the intelligent family driven social mammals that they are. Since there is no wolf hunting in this area of Ellesmere Island, wolves view humans in a passive manner, rather than a fearful one. This allows for unparalleled access to their day-to-day lives like nowhere else on earth. My goal for this story is to remind us that wolves are complex social mammals that exist in nearly the same family structures as humans and engage in many of the same behaviors: playing, mourning, social learning, and hunting. All this to say, that while wolves around the world are continually vilified and killed at will, here on Ellesmere, they are free to live out their lives free from the report of a rifle and the bite of a trap. They exist as the key apex predators that they are, managing the prey species that in turn brings balances the ecosystem. I’m posting imagery and stories from my article in the current issue of National Geographic Magazine ( @natgeo ) about a family of wild Arctic wolves living on Ellesmere Island, Canada’s furthest northern landmass. The story focuses on a family of 10 wolves (6 adults and 4 pups ) that I spent 1.5 months photographing and filming. The motivation for this project came out of my experiences trying to document the lives of gray wolves in Yellowstone and never feeling like I was able to do so because those wolves have a healthy fear of humans. Every wolf pack in Yellowstone has lost a pack member to hunting, so they have a necessary fear of humans. Please follow along as I continue to post images from this assignment and check out the link in my bio to the digital article - Inside the harsh lives of wolves living at the top of the world - written by Neil Shea @neilshea13 #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood
Wolf kisses. One Eye was the 2 year old sister to these 10 week old pups. Of all the adults, One Eye doted on the pups the most. She would bring them food and toys. She would play and worry about them when they couldn't figure out how to cross a deep stream. It was always One Eye that doubled back to check on her younger siblings during the long travel days. As her name implies, she only had one functional eye. Her other had been turned back into its socket. During the hunts, One Eye was routinely the wolf that went in for the nose of the muskox, which is incredibly risky but can be rewarded with a quicker takedown. I suspect she suffered a massive blow to her head during one of these battles and that's what turned her eye. I filmed this clip on Canada’s most northern landmass called Ellesmere Island as part of the upcoming 3 hour series about Arctic wolves airing on NatGeo WILD @natgeowild at 8PM EST on Sunday called Kingdom of the White Wolf. Directed by Tony Gerber @tgerber63 and filmed by Luke Padgett @severalpictures and Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan . #wolf #arcticwolf #nature #wild #hunting #predator #prey #whitewolf #kingdomofthewhitewolf #arctic #canada #animals #instadaily #instagood