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Photo by @amivitale | Lions are darted and flown from Tembe and Mkuze game reserves in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, to Mozambique. They were a part of the largest transport of wild lions across an international boundary in history. Decades of civil war and poaching had all but decimated the animals in this area. Careful management had brought back nearly all the other indigenous species with the exception of these apex predators. So far all the newly introduced lions are thriving. Already more than 30 cubs have been born. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off. @zambezedeltaconservation @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @photog.for.good @cabelafamilyfoundation #conservation #lions #stoppoaching #mozambique

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Photo by @paolowoods | The earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, irredeemably damaged the presidential palace. In 2012 Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization financed the demolition of the palace. It is the 10th anniversary of this catastrophic magnitude 7 earthquake that affected three million people, and carried a death toll of at least 200,000.

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Photo by @paolowoods | After the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, the government started the construction of 3,000 houses near Morne à Cabri, 15 kilometers (9 miles) north of Port-au-Prince, intended for those that had lost their dwellings. The project, whose cost was evaluated at $44 million, was controversially financed by the Venezuelan PetroCaribe fund. It is the 10th anniversary of this catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake that affected three million people and carries a death toll of at least 200,000.

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Photo by @paolowoods | After the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, makeshift tent cities, populated by those who had lost their houses, sprung up in squares and public spaces. Here, in Pétion-Ville, in Jalousie, one of Haiti's largest slums, a tent city was set up on a soccer field that belongs to a local church. It is the 10th anniversary of this catastrophic magnitude 7 earthquake that affected three million people, and carried a death toll of at least 200,000.

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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Jane Goodall on Lake Tanganyika, just offshore from Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. An English primatologist and anthropologist, Goodall has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues and is considered be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. In 1960, Goodall began her behavioral research study of the social and family life of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe.

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Photo by @brentstirton | // Supported by Nat Geo Society/Wyss Campaign for Nature committed to protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. // I briefly photographed West African lions in Pendjari, Benin, for a story on @africanparksnetwork. These rare, endangered lions are very small in number, with only around 120 individuals, and amazingly they have more in common with Asiatic lions than with African lions. They were extremely shy; it took a lot of walking with telemetry before I was able to get close enough to make a halfway decent shot of this lovely female before she sprinted away. The second shot is of two Asiatic lions mating—really a picture of a conservation success story. These are the last lions outside of Africa, now only found inside Gir National Park in Gujarat, India. This small population of Asiatic lions was once as low as 117 animals before being successfully rebred to current numbers of around 650 lions in a 2017 census. The final shot is of a young Asiatic male drinking in Gir National Park. Both these groups remain extremely vulnerable. Disease, fire, human/wildlife conflict, and poaching could play havoc with the remaining numbers, and they need to be closely monitored. It’s a real tribute to Indian and Beninese conservation services that these animals survive today. Lions globally number less than 20,000. Loss of habitat and other factors have made them far more fragile than we realize. #campaignfornature #conservation #endangered #lions

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Photo by @paulnicklen | I was 26 years old when I took this photo of Dr. Mitch Taylor removing a tranquilizer dart from a massive male polar bear that we found sleeping in a summer den, high up in the mountains on Baffin Island, Nunavut. This was the moment in my journey through life when I realized that I could be much more effective as a photojournalist than as a scientist. Now I spend much of my time translating what scientists are saying into visual stories—to build a bridge between the scientific community and the rest of the world. When I was growing up, the Internet didn't exist. Google wasn't even a word. Young people today are growing up in an era where it's easier than ever before to access and to publish information. With all the climate deniers out there, it can be hard sometimes to know what's real and what isn't, but I've spent most of my life in the field, on the edges of the wild, and I've seen the effects of climate change with my own eyes. Follow me @PaulNicklen to learn more about climate change in the Arctic and how I am #TurningTheTide and bridging science and solutions with my team at @SeaLegacy. #inspire #empower #youth #ExtinctionEndsHere

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Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | A juvenile whip snake found in the Peruvian Amazon peeks over these fingers to seemingly say hello. The photo was made during a reptile survey conducted by students and professors from Radford University. Hand belongs to author Paul Rosolie. To see more photos of snakes from the Amazon, I'm @tbfrost

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Photo by @katieorlinsky | In the Brooks Range, species like the snowshoe hare are moving north as a result of climate change, expanding their range all the way to the Arctic Ocean. This is due to warming temperatures that allow shrubs to get bigger, providing food and shelter for the snowshoe hare, even in the snowy winter months. Here, scientist Claire Montgomerie holds one of the snowshoe hares that University of Alaska Fairbanks wildlife biologists are studying.

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Ragnar Rökkui Kristjansson, 3, Reykjavik, Iceland. Take a moment and think back to your childhood, the era in your life when the only thing you knew about a bill was that it was a bird’s equivalent of lips, and your day job was to construct fantastical worlds with your favorite toys. In my Toy Stories series, I explore the connection between children and their toys, getting an insight into their tiny worlds and taking you on a trip down memory lane. Toy Stories is the result of a 30-month trip in which I visited more than 50 countries and took photographs of children and their favorite toys. I would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. Despite some differences, I found more similarities among children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, toys had the same function, such as protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night. Toys haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have. It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow. | Follow me @gabrielegalimbertiphoto for more photos and stories #toys #play #kids #child #children

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Video by @bertiegregory | A male polar relaxes in a snowdrift on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Canada. These huge bears can weigh more than 800 kilograms (1,800lbs). This particular male was in no rush. He was waiting at the water’s edge in anticipation of the big freeze—an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures. #bear #arctic #cold #snow #cute

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Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | On a very cold day in Minnesota, the Minnehaha Falls totally freezes over. It's a spectacular sight as the frozen waterfalls filter light through the ice.

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