Nat Geo WILD is a network all about animals & nature from National Geographic.
Nat Geo WILD is a network all about animals & nature from National Geographic.
Photo by @shaazjung | I always grew up in awe of the mighty tiger, but it is the leopard and his deft movement that sparked my love affair with the jungle. Here’s a photograph of one of my favourite leopards. We call him Torn Ears after he traded half of his ear in a fight, in exchange for half of Odin’s territory (another male ). It was on this day, on the most dramatic wooden thrown, that Torn Ears announced himself to the world. He went on to become the most revered leopard in the area, a living legend. . . Photographed in Nagarhole, Karnataka, South India. . . Follow @shaazjung for more of the jungles best kept secrets.
📸 By @agoetzfilm This beastly bighorn in a full sprint would be enough to intimidate anyone, especially some of the younger rams during the rut. During the rut, males will compete to establish dominance and a hierarchy on who gets to mate. Typically, the bigger the horns, the older and more established the ram, with horns that could weigh more than the total weight of the bones in their body. To see more wildlife, follow @agoetzfilm #natgeowild #nationalgeographic #natgeo
Video 🎥 by @alexbraczkowski An African leopard balances in the fork of a large Marula tree in the @dulinilodge of @sabisandsgamereserve 🐆 spotted hyenas in this part of Africa are thought to reach some of their highest densities and they regularly steal kills from leopards. This is known as kleptoparasitism (literally translated as parasitism by theft ) where one animal steals food that was caught by another. This is a direct example of interference competition in ecology - where animals compete directly through aggression for food. It’s a hard life for leopards but climbing trees like this one make it a lot easier. Follow me @alexbraczkowski for more facts about the worlds carnivores. Shot @dulinilodge with @ranger_danger69 @broganparsonsphoto and @mathieu_poot 🐆🐯 . . . . . #catlife #leopard #bigcat #catsofinstagram #catlovers #africa #southafrica #wilderness #sabisands #beauty #animal #animalsofinstagram
Photo @jasonedwardsng Social distancing African Lion fashion! If you are on foot and you peer through the scrub and this is what you see there is usually a moments surprise for both individuals. Alternatively, the surprise is all yours and the encounter was deliberate on the lion’s part! . I’ve had many interactions with lions whilst photographing on foot. For the most part they play out and you manage a frame or two that is unique, but there are those times when running has been the order of the day. Forget it when you hear these so-called ‘whisperers’ tell you not to run, after decades working with wild carnivores instinct tells you when it’s time to sprint! : ) . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. . #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #botswana #socialdistancing #bigcats
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Penguins often porpoise – swimming by jumping out of the water in fast, rapid sequences. While this is less efficient than swimming completely submerged, it allows the penguins to breathe more often. They’re able to swim longer distances and at greater speeds, as a result. It also helps confuse predators. Porpoising is not a regular activity, so photographing penguins porpoising is a challenge, for this reason. During my recent trip to Antarctica, a group of gentoo penguins started following our Zodiac. Cruising at exactly the same speed and with perfectly calm conditions, we were able to capture some great shots of this behaviour. The trick is to focus on the penguins when they’re underwater and take the shot at the exact moment their beaks break the surface. Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. #penguin #gentoopenguins #underwaterphotography #climatechange #conservation #antarctica #porpoiseing
Wild cats of India by @sandesh_kadur & @shatrunjai - check out this amazing shot of ‘Cut-Ear’ being hammered by a Great Horned Owl on the rocky boulders of Bera in Rajasthan. Makes you want to watch it more than once!. One of the best places in India to see leopards @bera_safari_lodge in Rajasthan, India - this is where we were based in order to film the sequence for the documentary. It was a joy to be able to literally see the leopards out of the window on the rocks... just being big lazy spotted cats... . Watch the series #wildcatsofindia for more cool sequences as we reveal the secretive lives of India’s big and small cats - a docu-series by Nat Geo Explorer @sandesh_kadur #bigcatkingdom #bigcatsofinstagram @felis_creations @bera_safari_lodge
Videos 🎥 by @alexbraczkowski A key part of saving big cats is getting data on how they move through human landscapes. In this series of videos @ugandacarnivores and big cat biologist and cameraman @alexbraczkowski fit a satellite collar to a young male lion called Michael. Scroll over to hear an interview from Mustafa Nsubuga ( @mnsubuga6 ) to heat why collaring Michael is so key! Michael lives in Ishasha, Uganda and the national park where he roams has cattle farms to the east and villages to the west. When lions enter human villages conflict between people, lions and livestock increases and people get angry when lions eat cows. By monitoring movements scientists can predict where lions will move and warn human communities in advance. Thank you to @nina_siemiatkowski and @milkywire for the satellite collar 🐯🐆🦁 . . . . . #lion #cat #catsofinstagram #catlife #bigcat #naturelover #research #sciencefiction #scienceiscool #collar
Photo @filipe_deandrade // staying at home right now means that you have to get creative as a wildlife photographer. Orcas are in Baja, Great Hammerheads in Bahamas and spring migrations in the U.S. are just heating up. But now...the responsible thing is to stay home for the betterment of the human species. Luckily, living in Costa Rica means that the animals come to you. At around 130,000 square miles, this tiny country makes up 4% of the earths biodiversity. Its almost impossible to see a mature female Squirrel Monkey right now without a baby clutched to her back. Everyday, multiple troops of 3 different species visit my wild backyard to feed on the mangos, coconuts and almonds growing from the trees. If nature feeds your soul, live somewhere wild, where the animals come to you. Stay positive wildlife warriors. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.
Photo by Keith Ladzinski @ladzinski | A mallard duck wading through a pond of vivid reflective light. This photo was taken at sunrise in a city park in Colorado, the background was a scene of colorful trees and bushes bouncing off the surface and creating this beautiful and surreal background.
Photo by @sandesh_kadur - A snow leopard about to pounce on a Magpie. Nothing seems to irritate a snow leopard more at a kill than a chattering magpie, sometimes gathering in dozens to mock, chatter and grab a few morsels of meat. Here’s a screen grab from Wild Cats of India - watch Big Cat Kingdom on @natgeowild to see what happens next!
Video by @sandesh_kadur & @robin_darius - what’s faster - a snow leopard or a red fox 🦊 . . . Watch this edit from #bigcatkingdom ep1 of Wild Cats of India to see for yourself. Filming Snow Leopards in the wild is no easy task & even to get one interaction like this is super difficult. Ten minutes later and it would’ve been absolute darkness & I would’ve only heard the fox complaining. I wonder what the foxes heart rate must’ve been at that point... Follow me @sandesh_kadur as I travel across India to document its incredible feline diversity. #wildcatsofindia #feliscreations
Photo by @DaisyGilardini | Sloths are among the most misunderstood animals on our planet. Beside the reference to the slow-moving animal in the dictionary, “sloth” is also identified as a noun to describe reluctance to work or make an effort. It is synonymous with laziness, idleness, indolence, inactivity, inertia, apathy, lassitude passivity and other, mostly negative modifiers. In fact, sloths have survived on Earth for nearly 64 million years just because they are slow. Their body temperature is low (32.7°C, or 91°F ). They have a low calorie diet based on leaves and have one of the lowest metabolic rates among non-hibernating mammals. That translates into an exceedingly slow rate of digestion, which results in excretion roughly once a week. Sloths are basically the best energy-saving creatures on our planet. They move so slowly that even their natural predators — jaguars, ocelots and eagles — often overlook them. Camilla, the two-toed sloth in the image was found on a lower branch of a tree all by herself roughly a year ago, probably weaned too early by her mother, and was brought to the a rescue center to be fed and get stronger and bigger before being released on her own in the wild. #costarica #conservation #sloth #twotoedsloth #rescue
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Video @filipe_deandrade // Avian ninjas...I can't think of a better way to describe Hummingbirds. I filmed these dashing darlings at an elevation of around 10,000 feet in the Talamanca Mountain Range in Costa Rica. If Hummingbirds dont consume around their bodyweight in calories everyday then they could die. This is why they are in a constant state of friction. Feeding and fighting to protect their food source is an essential part of life. The result of that is a beautiful thing however. As natural pollinators, they breathe life into everything they feed on by transferring nutrients. A single Hummingbird could hit almost 3,000 flowers in a single day so think of all that cross-pollination happening. And beyond their importance...they are mesmerizing. Try watching a Hummingbird without a smile taking over your face. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @Mitty | There are many symbiotic relationships in nature, but perhaps one of the least talked about is the relationship between sharks and remora. You may be wondering, why don’t the sharks eat the little flat-headed fish that swim around them like flies? Surely having a posse of fish following you around would make for an easy meal! Well, remoras have a special organ on the tops of their heads that allow them to suction onto larger fish and other marine wildlife like sea turtles. Remoras clean their "hosts" of parasites and help keep their skin healthy. This is just one of the many beautiful examples of symbiotic relationships between wild creatures, meaning that both species benefit. The remoras get a free meal, protection, and a ride around the ocean while the shark gets a free clean. Follow me @Mitty for more stories of the often overlooked communities that help our blue planet thrive! #OceanSchool #Shark #WildlifePhotography #Underwater
Photo 📷 by @alexbraczkowski The king of the Ottawa pride 🦁 at @dulinilodge in South Africa’s @sabisandsgamereserve - this male lion is nearly 12 years old and at this age his reign is coming to an end. His face is full of battle scars, his ears are tattered, his mane big, black and dark. This grandfather male lion has sired many cubs and defended them to an age where they themselves can search for their own prides nearby. African lions are my favourite big cat, what is yours? 🐆 . . . . . #wildlifeplanet #naturelover #catlife #bigcat #lion #lionking #feline #felinefriends #king #kingdom
Photo @filipe_deandrade // The reintroduction of Wolves has had countless benefits to Yellowstone National Park. One of those benefits is seeing more Red Foxes in the park. With the presence of an apex predator like the Grey Wolf, other animals are kept in check. In the Wolves absence, the Coyote population soared which led to Foxes dropping in numbers. But as the ole adage goes, life is all about balance. Now, there is a healthy balance of cross spectrum predators as well as prey species. I am personally grateful for Wolves as balance keepers in Yellowstone because it means documenting nature the way it should be, balanced and diverse. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.
What better way to celebrate Nat Geo WILD's birthday than with a compilation video of adorable animals? #WILDturns10
Photo by @shaazjung | Contrary to popular belief, lions do climb trees. The Ndutu Woodlands in Tanzania are a great place to see these tree climbing lions. Here’s a picture of a huge male perched on a beautiful tree, waiting for darkness to descend. . . Follow @shaazjung for more of the jungles best kept secrets.
Photo @jasonedwardsng When you spend a great deal of time photographing wildlife you come to realise that the best days ie bright and sunny, rarely produce the best light. Yes, you feel wonderful and your spirits are high, but the light is often restrictive when documenting species with delicate fur or feathers. The beautiful pelt of a Crabeater Seal is best captured on a cloudy day where contrast is reduced and the subtle hues can be translated accurately. . Please join me @jasonedwardsng for images and stories from my National Geographic assignments. . #natgeowild #jasonedwardsng #Antarctica
Video 🎥 by @alexbraczkowski Tell us how you are spending your time at home in the comments section! This male lion spends most of his day in the branches of large fig trees in Uganda 🦁 lions can sleep up to 23 hours in a day and on the equator where this male lion lives it makes sense as temperatures can climb to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit 🐯 follow me @alexbraczkowski for more shots of wildlife and remember to stay safe and #stayhome 🐆 . . . . . #stayhome #lion #cat #cats_of_instagram #catlife #wildanimals #stayhealthy #catnap #sleep #sleepy #naptime
Photo by @amivitale | A pack of 18 resident African wild dogs hunt for dik-diks at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. The dog's Latin name means "painted wolf," because of its mottled coat. They live in packs generally dominated by a monogamous breeding pair. They are very social, and "packs have been known to share food and to assist weak or ill members," says @natgeo . The best way to protect wild animals and wild places is for the people who live amongst them to benefit from conservation. Learn more, including how to help, by following @amivitale @loisaba_conservancy and @nature_africa ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #africanwilddogs #africanpainteddogs #painteddogs #kenya #northernkenya #wilddogs #dogs #canines #africa