Joel Sartore- Photo Ark Founder of the @Natgeo Photo Ark, a 25-year project to show the world the beauty of biodiversity in all its forms, and inspire action to save species. http://bit.ly/silentforest
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This is a male and female green junglefowl, age 5 and 6 at the @houstonzoo. this species is only found in indonesia in the wild, sharing their range with the komodo dragon, bali mynah, and java sparrow. songbirds native to the islands within their range have been threatened with extinction due to excessive and culturally-rooted consumption of wild birds for trade, pets, export, traditional medicine and food. fortunately, the european association of zoos and aquaria has been working on an awareness campaign called “silent forest” in an effort to save songbirds by increasing knowledge, awareness and commitment to action within and beyond the zoo community. learn more at the link in my bio.

20 hours ago comment 94 star 15,410

Have you ever heard of a hoverfly? this bee look-alike is an important pollinator of flowering plants in a variety of ecosystems worldwide! they are considered to be the most important pollinators after wild bees-- who are able to carry a larger volume of pollen on their bodies. hoverflies can compensate thought by making more trips. they are also valuable in the control of aphids, which are common pests in crops like lettuce and grains. #pollinatormonday

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This #worldelephantday, let’s take a moment to celebrate all elephants, like this beautiful mother and daughter pair that calls singapore’s @wrs.ig home. two-year-old neha and 32-year-old sri nandong are part of a collection of four female and two male asian elephants that live under human care in the world’s first nocturnal wildlife park. neha, which means love in the hindi language, is constantly encouraged by the love of her family. the little one’s favorite pastime is playing with her aunt and oversized playmate, tun. the two spend hours happily splashing about in mud and water. unfortunately, not all asian elephants in the wild are lucky enough to lead such carefree lives. across many parts of asia, the greatest threat to this endangered species is us! with huge increases in human population and development comes a surge in habitat degradation, deforestation and pollution. to help curb human-elephant conflict @wrs.ig works through the sustainable operation of the elephant response unit in way kambas national park. the project aims to effectively mitigate and further reduce human vs. elephant conflict and its damaging impact on the surrounding local communities.

2 days ago comment 71 star 22,851

This is a critically endangered helmeted hornbill, found only in sumatra and borneo, with rare residence in the malayan peninsula and southern thailand. unique to this hornbill species, the casque of this bird is solid ivory, and because of this they have been heavily poached in the ornamental trade. the hornbill’s casque, or “helmet”, allows them to pick up and manage food, helps to resonate sound when calling, and it has been suggested that the hornbill can also use the casque like a hammer. another threat to this species are native peoples in the malaysian peninsula, who hunt them due to the belief that their casques can protect them from evil spirits. the penang bird park in malaysia where this bird was photographed works to conserve this species and breed them in captivity. this bird is one of two helmeted hornbills at the park that were saved and donated by a local lumberjack who found the female and a her baby in the tree while he was working. knowing how rare this species was, he made sure to deliver the hornbills to penang, where they have been carefully taken care of and kept healthy since their arrival.

3 days ago comment 262 star 24,866

For the final day of photo ark anniversary celebration, i’m sharing some of the youngest and most adorable members of the photo ark!
photos are in order as follows:
1. mei lun and mei huan, twin giant panda cubs at zoo atlanta.
2. a four-week-old male leopard cat.
3. coyote puppies at nebraska wildlife rehab.
4. a juvenile skunk.
5. a three-week-old white-tailed deer fawn at the gladys porter zoo.
6. a group of mallard ducklings.
7. cinnamon, an endangered six-month-old red panda at the virginia zoo.
8. gigi, a two-week-old japanese macaque or snow monkey, macaca fuscata, at the
blank park zoo in des moines, ia. she was being hand-raised for the first couple months because her mom wouldn’t nurse her. gigi will be re-integrated into the rest of the troop by the time she’s four-months-old.

4 days ago comment 935 star 53,230

Twelve years ago today, the photo ark was born. this is a lifetime effort to photograph all species in human care throughout the world-- so far, i have photographed over 8,000! will you join me in looking these animals in the eye, then commit to help save them? share this project with your friends who don’t know about the photo ark, then follow me here for stories of incredible animals, and learn what we can all do to ensure they survive forever. thank you for your continued support! #photoark12thanniversary

5 days ago comment 296 star 11,239

A four-eyed fish and transparent frog are just some of many interesting creatures in the photo ark! what do you think about these species— amazing or strange?
photos in order as follows:

1. an endangered rio azuela glass frog collected near pilalo, ecuador. their parietal peritoneum, the area that lines their abdominal cavity, is transparent, allowing some of their organs to be visible.
2. this giant snake-necked turtle bends its head sideways into its shell rather than pulling it directly back like many turtle species!
3. a female fringe-lipped bat at the smithsonian tropical research institute has wart-like bumps on its lips and muzzle, thought to be for quickly 'tasting' prey before snatching it up.
4. a platte river caddisfly in its larval stage.
5. a four-eyed fish photographed at the oklahoma city zoo. this species has eyes raised
above the top of their head and a single, hourglass-shaped pupil in each eye so they can
see below and above the water surface at the same time!
6. texas blind salamanders at the detroit zoo. listed as vulnerable by iucn, this amphibian evolved in total darkness and thus had no need for vision. today its eyes are reduced to just two black spots under its skin.
7. a red uakari monkey listed as vulnerable by iucn.
8. this slender sharksucker at gulf specimen marine lab and aquarium uses the pad on
its head for attaching itself to things, including other fish that it hitches rides on. #photoark12thanniversary |
don’t forget about the print give away! all this week you can still enter to win by doing both of the following on the photo ark anniversary posts i share:
1. commenting on one of the five posts with your favorite animal and what you like about them or how the photo ark has impacted you.
2. tag a friend who doesn’t know about the project.
you must be following me to win. an announcement of winners will be posted at the end of the week!

6 days ago comment 1,176 star 54,674

Can you believe how tiny some of these creatures are? today, some of the smallest members of the photo ark get the spotlight! are in order as follows:
1. a full grown madagascar dwarf chameleon. this species is endangered.
2. weighing only 9-10 pounds, this royal antelope is the smallest of all antelope species!
3. this is a baby eyelash frog at @theomahazoo. when full grown this species
is just three to four inches in length.
4. a pygmy marmoset at the @lincolnchildrenszoo, this species is notable for being the
smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world, at just over 3.5 ounces!
5. this is osiris, male lesser egyptian jerboa at the @philadelphiazoo. these small rodents are sometimes likened to tiny kangaroos, hopping through their world on incredibly large
hind legs.
6. a federally endangered poweshiek skipperling at the @mnzoo. at the time this
photo was taken, there only five adults in captivity, all at this zoo. there are just a few hundred left in the wild. reason for its decline is still a mystery, but the catastrophic loss of prairie habitat due to farming/ethanol production are thought to be the lead causes.

1 weeks ago comment 682 star 46,551

In honor of the upcoming twelfth anniversary of the photo ark on august 9th, each day this week i will be sharing some of the smallest, cutest and most interesting creatures in the photo ark! today, i am sharing some members of the photo ark that are sadly no longer found in the wild. as you read through the captions with each photo, please try to e-visit the various places i've been. all are working hard to save wildlife 365 days a year, and need all of our support.

as part of the anniversary celebration i will also be giving away 12 signed photo ark prints! all this week you can enter to win by doing both of the following:
1. commenting on one of the five posts with your favorite animal and what you like about them or how the photo ark has impacted you.
2. tag a friend who doesn’t know about the project.
you must be following me to win. an announcement of winners will be posted at the end of the week!

photos are in order as follows: 1. a critically endangered south china tiger at the suzhou zoo in china. this is a species that is likely gone from the wild now, and as of 2015, there were only about 100 in captivity.
2. the last known rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog at the atlanta botanical garden. this photo was taken in 2013. this frog passed away in 2016, making the species extinct.
3. bryn, a federally endangered columbia basin pygmy rabbit, sat for this portrait in 2007. when she and another cbpr died a few years ago, it marked the end of their genetic line. this subpopulation lost its sagebrush habitat as the land was developed for agriculture in the state of washington.
4. a male pere david’s deer at the madrid zoo. this species is now extinct in the wild. 5. a guam rail at the santa fe college teaching zoo, the species is extinct in the wild.

2 weeks ago comment 647 star 39,537

This glowing green insect is a unicorn katydid at @auduboninstitute. their insectarium has been working to successfully raise unicorn katydids in captivity since they opened just over 10 years ago. like most other katydids, females can be distinguished from males by their ovipositor-- an egg-laying body part shaped like a spear that protrudes from the end of the abdomen. in this genus, the ovipositor is exceptionally long-- with a length that exceeds the rest of the insect’s entire body! unicorn katydids tend to get disturbed fairly easily if something unfamiliar touches them— resulting in either a fast jump or a hard bite.

2 weeks ago comment 193 star 25,330

It’s international owl awareness day!
did you know?
1. owls can rotate their necks up to 270 degrees!
2. the eyes of an owl are tube shaped and completely immobile, providing binocular-like
vision that focuses on prey and heightens depth perception.
3. many owl species have asymmetrical ears that can pinpoint the location of sounds in
multiple dimensions.

2 weeks ago comment 1,403 star 48,376

This adorable kowari was born at the plzen zoo in the czech republic in 2013. the species is listed as vulnerable on the iucn red list and continues to decline in the wild in areas where livestock grazing is intense. they live only in the fragile gibber plains of the channel country in southeastern queensland, australia. since this kowari was photographed, the plzen zoo has bred ten others!

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