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29 tags and 18 profiles in descriptionPhoto by @EverydayExtinction contributor Sergio Pitamitz @pitamitz —————————— WALKING ON THIN ICE. Back home after an incredible 2 weeks journey in Svalbard islands. I saw and photographed many species, including polar bears, walruses, arctic fox, blue fox, reindeers and many species of Arctic birds. But the the lack of ice has been a shock… My last trip to the Svalbard archipelago has been in 2012 and the difference in ice extension is huge. To find the Polar ice sheet we’ve been not far from 83 degrees North. I expected to see a vast plain of ice covering the ocean, but what we found has been a sea of fragmented thin ice, as you can see in this image. Climate change is changing the habitat of Polar bears, who need ice to hunt seals. As climate change accelerates, we will see less and less ice. The Arctic and its wildlife, first of all this apex predator, is seriously at risk…. Among organizations working hard to save the polar bears and our oceans, @polarbearsinternational - the only organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears - and @sea_legacy - founded by NatGeo fellows @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier - are doing a great job. Follow them and make a donation to help our planet! —————————— #biodiversity #extinction #arctic #polarbear #bear #Svalbard #Spitsbergen #norway #conservation #wildlife #bears #ice #seaice #globalwarming #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #conservationphotography #nikonmaster #nikoneurope #nikonofficial #nital #nikon #nikonitalia #natgeo #natgeoit #nationalgeographic #wildlifeconservation #visitnorway #visitnorway_it @nikoneurope @nikonitalia @nikonfr @nikonproeurope @visitnorway @visitnorway_it @quarkexpeditions @natgeocreative @bjkirschh @natgeo_italia @natgeocreative @natgeo
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12 tags and 1 profile in descriptionPhoto by @luksth . The Ecuadorian Chocó is located in Northwest Ecuador. Influenced by the Andes, the huge precipitations that brings the Equatorial marine current in the area, and its position in the Equatorial line makes this ecosystem one of the 25 Global Biodiversity Hotspots. This means it has a countless number of different species, many of them endemic – species that only occur there! Sadly, less than 5% of the Ecuadorian Chocó remains intact, what makes it, together with Madagascar, the most threatened rainforests on Earth! Its main threats? Oil palm crops, illegal hunting, wildlife traffic, and deforestation. . Despite that Ecuador occupies only 0.2% of the Earth’s land surface, yet contains 10% of known plant species, which is the greatest number per unit area of any country in the world. But in contrast, Ecuador also has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation estimated at over 300,000 hectares (3%) per year. At this rate, the country can be completely deforested within 30 years! And approximately 70 percent of the Ecuadorian domestic timber comes directly from the Ecuadorian Chocó. This happens mainly by the existence of valuable hardwood species in the area, like Breadnuts, Black Manwoods and many more. . . . . . #everydayextinction #biodiversity #extinction #nature #deforestation #logging #conservation #choco #savethechoco #Ecuador #conservationphotography #Esmeraldas
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6 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionPhoto by @estherhorvath for @everydayextinction Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatching release during the middle of the night on Padre Island, TX. Sleeping sea turtles are held in hands to warm them up before releasing them into the ocean. Only red light can be used not to disturbe the oriantation of the hatchings. In 1978, the U.S. joined Mexico in efforts to try to save the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles from extinction and help recover the population. International programs were developed, including an attempt to increase nesting at Padre Island National Seashore to form a secondary nesting colony at a protected beach in the U.S. Every year, sea turtle eggs (mainly Kemp’s Ridley) are collected and incubated at the facility of Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery on Padre Island. After about 55 days the hatchings break through their egg shell and are then released back into the ocean. In 1985, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were almost extinct. "We're lucky that we've been able to help so much and hopefully together, all of us can help save this species from extinction," says Donna J. Shaver Ph.D. Chief, Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, National Park Service, Padre Island National Seashore. How can you contribute to these efforts? Reduce plastic use to keep our beaches and ocean clean, carry reusable water bottles and shopping bags, refrain from releasing balloons, do not disturb nesting turtles, nests, or hatchlings and ask how your seafood was caught, choose seafood caught in ways that do not harm or kill turtles. @padreislandnps #biodiversity #everydayextinction #seaturtle #seaturles #animalconservation #conservation
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21 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionPhoto by @jasperdoest // Mangroves, which are renowned for their ability to grow in near-permanent or permanent bodies of water and/or extremely high levels of salt. Galapagos mangroves are particularly remarkable due to their age. These trees grow from volcanic floor with limited nutrients and therefore grow very slowly; any developed mangrove habitat in the islands is most likely thousands of years old. When cleaning up these mangroves in Puerto Ayora, while I was #onassignment in #Galapagos for #wwf , the 80 volunteers mobilized by Alberto Andrade found 228 plastic bottles and 245 plastic bottle caps within these waters. Solutions to the problem of plastics in our oceans are being pursued all around the world. Scientists and researchers are working to devise methods to help remove the plastics currently overwhelming the oceans, from large-scale Ocean Cleanup project to unique and smaller-scale approaches to help combat ocean plastics. Perhaps even more important than removing the plastics already in the ocean though is the need to stop plastics from getting into the water in the first place. Solutions to that problem are not as simple on a grand scale in the way the Ocean Cleanup project works, however, it is an issue that each one of us can help to address by simply reducing. @wnfnederland @wwf #plasticsoup #plasticwaste #plastic #plasticfree #planetorplastic #onelessbottle #stopmetplastic #plasticfreecoastlines #environment #beatplasticpollution #shareifyoucare #garbage #mangroves #conservation #sustainability #gogreen #allyouneedisecuador #ecuador
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10 tags and 1 profile in descriptionGuest Post by Rizwan Mithawala @rizwanmithawala --- Sea turtles have endured for over a hundred million years. That span of time saw the Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction event that wiped out approximately three-quarters of all plant and animal species from the planet, including the dinosaurs. But they don’t seem to have found a way to escape anthropogenic threats. I photographed this injured Olive Ridley turtle last year at the sea turtle treatment centre run by the forest department and the Wildlife Conservation & Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA) in Dahanu, Maharashtra. A victim of fishing nets – active as well as discarded – and boat propellers, it had lost three of its four flippers. While Dr. Dinesh Vinherkar treated the turtle for around a year, and volunteers cleaned and medicated its wounds every day, it did not survive. #SeaTurtle #OliveRidleyTurtle #Anthropocene #Extinction #EverydayExtinction #India #maharashtra #dahanu #conservation #turtle
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8 tags and 4 profiles in descriptionImage by @sean_gallagher_photo Huang Jiachen, 20, a snake collector and exotic species breeder with his pet python at home in Beijing. Huang set up a breeding farm for exotic species after collecting animals as a hobby and sells animals to China's pet markets. He also collects snakes from across the world, with a particular interest in vipers and pythons. ••• This image is from the story, 'Exotic Pets in China: Fuelling Biodiversity Loss', produced for National Geographic last year. ••• The trade in exotic animals for the pet industry has been directly linked to species loss in some of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, as well as contributing to a rapid rise in invasive species. The global illegal wildlife trade is estimated to generate hundred of millions of dollars annually, although exact figures are hard to come by. What is known is that the trafficking of animals is seeing a global spike in occurrence, leading to many species becoming increasingly threatened and significantly contributing to the current worldwide biodiversity extinction crisis. ••• Due to the scale of exotic pet ownership in China, it is a significant environmental issue as more affluent consumers turn to these types of animals as pets, fuelling the destruction and damage to ecosystems across the world. --- #everydayextinction #everydayeverywhere #asia #china #beijing #wildlife #pets #snakes @pulitzercenter @natgeo @natgeocreative
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11 tags and 2 profiles in descriptionImage by @shanegrossphoto for @everydayextinction - Meet the Cuban crocodile. This amazing animal is critically endangered. They are hunted for food and skins, but their biggest threat comes in the form of another crocodile - the American crocodile. As the waters rise the salt water loving American is moving in on the territory of the fresh water loving Cuban. A recent study suggests 50% of wild Cuban crocs are actually a hybrid of the two species. In 1960 Castro started a croc farm to help the ailing endemic, but is it enough? The bigger question is: do we try to keep their genetics "pure" or let them interbreed? This will likely become a major question for many species in a rapidly changing world. #croc #crocodile #cuba #cubancrocodile #endangeredspecies #criticallyendangered #biodiversity #extinction #hybrid #underwater #teeth
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10 tags and 1 profile in descriptionImage by @Antonsrkn - Wildlife is present in cities, not just in remote wilderness and we co-inhabit many of the same places as do wild animals, oftentimes without realizing it. As a recent article on NRDC put it: the wildlife isn't in our backyards, we are in its front yard. After all it was there first. A recent study by wildlife biologists found that more and more wildlife, including predators, was adapting to life in our cities. These animals once excluded from human population centers are making a comeback partially because they're adapting and partially because they have no other choice as urban sprawl has overtaken a vast amount of land. They're recolonizing areas we had excluded them from.  We should avoid as thinking of it as 'our' human space and learn to share with wildlife and be good neighbors in our shared communities. Of course this doesn't diminish the need for protecting and maintaining pristine wilderness because for every species that can recolonize urban areas, there are many who cannot. However it is somewhat reassuring to know that we can co-exist in even very unnatural habitats.  This is a red-tailed hawk that makes its home in a urban environment, on a college campus. It and it's mate successfully reared two chicks this year surrounded on all sides by people, busy roads, and buildings. . . . . . #everydayextinction #biodiversity #anthropocene #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #audubon #birdphotography #birds #hawk
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6 tags and 2 profiles in descriptionPhoto by @estherhorvath for @everydayextinction Experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research have recently found higher amounts of microplastic in Arctic sea ice than ever before. The ice samples from five regions throughout the Arctic Ocean contained up to 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of sea ice. Further, the different types of plastic showed a unique footprint in the ice allowing the researchers to trace them back to possible sources. This involves the massive garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, while in turn, the high percentage of paint and nylon particles pointed to the intensified shipping and fishing activities in some parts of the Arctic Ocean. Around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals. By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. #everydayextinction #biodiversity #arctic #plasticpollution #arcticocean #science
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9 tags and 7 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid of Sir David Attenborough talking with a blind black rhino calf Nicky @lewa_wildlife northern Kenya - “I’ve always felt that Sir David Attenborough is part of my family, an uncle maybe, who travelled the World bringing stories of other Worlds to us. He’d talk to us through that magic window, presenting us with all manner of marvellous creatures seemingly known only to him. Many years, and a lifetime later, I found myself sitting in a Land Rover listening to that voice of reason; we all know and understand far more of the world thanks to Sir David. A world that has changed immeasurably, but the man remains constant, a bright light that we should all follow. It’s clear to me that If we do not lead by example and teach our children that it’s not our God given right to take what we want, when we want, then there is little hope for the myriad of creatures who inhabitant this planet alongside us. We must lead by example. Their World is no longer their own, infinite can no longer be used in Africa or elsewhere, animals are finite - with Sir David Attenborough 'Africa’ for the @bbc - to see more of my work and projects follow me here @chancellordavid @natgeo @thephotosociety and @everydayextinction #davidattenborough #bbc #blackrhino #northernkenya #conserving #conservation #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #fightingextinction
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6 tags and 5 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a stag is literally absorbed into the Scottish hillside, Garry’s beat, Invermark, Scotland- Winter mortality is a natural process for wild deer, particularly in a year such as this when to quote the gamekeeper ‘deer on the hill have not had many days with dry backs’ - as the snow thaws completely, high up on the hill those deer who didn’t survive the harsh winter are slowly absorbed into the land, and so the circle of life continues in the Scottish highlands #invermarkestate #cairngormsnationalpark #scotland #conserving #conservation #wildlife - to see more of my work and projects follow me here @thephotosociety @chancellordavid @natgeo @everydayextinction
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17 tags and 3 profiles in descriptionphoto by John Novis @johnnovis  for  @everydayextinction Two Collared Mangabeys are seen in the rainforest at Mefou Sanctuary near Yaounde, Cameroon. The Mangabey species is affected by the destruction of its evergreen forest habitat reducing the capacity of environments to support Mangabey populations. However, the most immediate threat is posed by hunting for their meat. Commercial bushmeat hunters pose a particular threat to populations which are located close to main roads and towns. The Collared Mangabey is listed as vulnerable and is likely that it has undergone a decline exceeding 30% over the past 27 years (three generations). Ape Action Africa is a non-profit NGO founded in 1996 dedicated to the conservation of primates, threatened by the bushmeat trade in Central and West Africa. Ape Action Africa manages the rescue and rehabilitation ofprimates across much of Cameroon, with a large sanctuary in the Mefou forest. With more than 300 primates in its care, Ape Action Africa is now one of the largest conservation projects of its kind in Africa. Many of the animals arrive at the sanctuary as orphans, mainly due to the illegal bushmeat trade, which has grown in recent years as a result of deforestation of the Cameroonian jungle. #everydayextinction #mangabey #collaredmangabey #biodiversity #extinction #conservation #wildlife  #ecosystems   #endangeredspecies #Cameroon #mefouprimatesanctuary #yaounde #rainforest #congobasin #deforestation   #forestdestruction   #greenpeace   @greenpeace
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