Photo by @amivitale | One of the last two northern white rhinos on the planet grazes with head keeper Zacharia Mutai on the wide-open savannah of @OlPejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya. Hopefully soon, thanks to the tireless work of a consortium of scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (@leibnizizw), Avantea, @OlPejeta Conservancy, @KenyaWildlifeService, and @SafariParkDvurKralove, more of these majestic creatures will roam the Earth. In December, the team completed the second ever ovum pickup conducted on the species successfully, creating a third viable embryo that joined two others created in August. The plan is to transfer the embryos, currently stored in liquid nitrogen, into a surrogate southern white rhino mother in the near future. We are now one critical step closer to saving this ancient species from certain extinction. Learn how to support this important work by following @amivitale, @BioRescueProject, @OlPejeta, @bmbf.bund, and @leibnizgemeinschaft. #NorthernWhiteRhinos #StopExtinction #Rhinos #conservation #kenya
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | The outbreak of coronavirus has brought demand for flowers to a near standstill in the Netherlands, leaving many in the floriculture industry with no choice but to destroy a big part of their production. I captured these carpets of blossoming tulip fields in Den Helder a few years ago. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Netherlands #Tulips #Covid19 #Coronavirus #staysafe
Photo by @lucasfogliaphoto | Ron, the official historian of Auburn, Wyoming, is a regular visitor to the hot springs near his rural valley, which is surrounded by millions of acres of wild land.
Photo by @jasperdoest | Two Japanese macaques couple up in the mountains of Shodoshima Island. Over the past decades Japan has slowly but gradually replaced its deciduous forest with pine tree forest for the purpose of timber logging. Timber forest provides less nutrition than deciduous forest, a change that impacts the entire ecosystem. This leaves no other option for animals to look for other possible food sources. With the aging human population and many people of the younger generation moving to the cities in search of career opportunities, the empty rural areas provide just what the animals need—an accessible food source. Wild boar, monkeys, bears, and deer raiding crops have been the main cause of a growing human-wildlife conflict in rural Japan. For more on this story, see the March issue of the magazine, and follow me @jasperdoest as I explore the complex human relationship with these Japanese macaques. #snowmonkeys #mountainview #humanwildlifeconflict #日本 #猿
Photo by @lynseyaddario | My family in isolation in Somerset, England, March 23, as the United Kingdom starts to reckon with the likelihood that there will be thousands infected with COVID-19 in the coming months. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Video by @drewtrush | The trick to finding good locations for camera traps involves finding spots that draw animals. In this instance, a mountain lion came by a "scrape," or scent site, which can indicate which animals are in the area. You can see a great example of what's called the flehmen response, in which the cat curls back its upper lip and inhales, allowing it to smell what else has been around this site lately. #catsofinstagram #cats #cougars #mtlions
Photo by @enricsala | Join Explorer-in-residence @enricsala and staff writer @natashaldaly on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a @natgeo Instagram Live discussing how COVID-19 has impacted nature and animals, including the tiger at the Bronx Zoo that recently tested positive for the virus. During the Pristine Seas expeditions, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala and his team have visited some of the ocean's most remote and wild places. Enric took this photo in April 2009 at Millennium Atoll, an uninhabited and seldom-visited island in the central Pacific. As soon as the team jumped in the water, they were surrounded by curious grey reef sharks that probably had never before seen a human. But these sightings are now rare, as fishing, pollution, and global warming have unraveled the fabric of nature around the world—under the sea and also on land. Our destruction of nature is now threatening our own survival, as the current pandemic has loudly reminded us.
Photos by @ciriljazbec | I have decided to document our family life during the COVID-19 crisis. Here my wife, Ajda, reads the news on at breakfast, and later tries to do some work in our studio. We have a 3.5-year-old son, Izak, and an 11-month-old daughter, Mina. Since the government closed down schools and kindergartens, we are fully occupied. It is a challenge since our son is an active toddler who wants to play all day long, and Mina is teething. This crisis is also good for us: We have never been closer or more connected. I am starting to do woodworking with my son, we are discovering new walks in the forest adjacent to our house, and Ajda is baking sourdough bread. #covi̇d19 #stayhome Follow @ciriljazbec to see more.
Photos by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | The front lines of food: While many can afford to stay at home, those producing our food cannot. They are busier and more essential than ever. Over the last decade I've spent time with the hard workers who grow, pick, package, and ship the produce—filling much of America’s salad bowl—along the banks of the Colorado River in Arizona and California. They work long hours for low wages and still feed many of us. Wishing these hard workers, and all those on the front lines, health and safety. To see more on food, land, and water, follow @pedromcbride. #gratitude #essentialworkers #farming #frontlines #covid19
Photo by @williamodaniels | A patient affected by COVID-19 is transferred from a hospital in Mulhouse, in eastern France, to Germany. France's far east is considered the country's epicenter of the epidemic; nearly a third of France's COVID-19 deaths have occurred here. It all started with a five-day gathering at an evangelical megachurch called Christian Open Door in mid-February. About 2,000 people gathered for singing, prayer, and talks. According to the French government, this event is one of the sparks for the spread in France. Follow me on @williamodaniels for more coverage in France. Follow @natgeointhefield for real-time coverage of this developing story from photographers around the world.
Photos by Robin Hammond @hammondrobin | Safia Wumbi, 69, was suffering from migraines when she was accused of being a witch and driven out of her home. She found refuge in an alleged “witch village” in Kukuo in northern Ghana. Many of the women here are accused of being witches because they have mental health conditions, while others developed illnesses after being ostracized by their community. Abiba Mahama (second image) was accused of being a witch after someone in her village saw her in a dream poisoning another person. She has been in Kukuo for 13 years. Pictured in the third image, Mariama Yakubu, 63, says she was accused of being a witch because she became very bad-tempered. “I don’t know why [I became bad-tempered]; I tried not to argue with my relatives,” Yakubu says. She took herbal medication for her mood swings, but nothing worked. In My World was created to combat the stigma and neglect of mental health around the world. See these stories and those of others sharing their experience of mental health at @onedayinmyworld.
Photos by @luisadorr | Gabi: my friend, neighbor, tai chi teacher. For a while she has been living in this house, with no electricity or running water, completely isolated. So now under quarantine, there's no need for a new routine. But like everyone else, she is not able to go to work. As many people are doing, she'll start online classes as a way to keep in touch with students and keep busy. The good thing is that life here in Costa do Cacao, part of Brazil's Bahia region, is pretty frugal—basic things are less expensive than in cities, and community engagement is strong. That will help people survive with a bit more of dignity during this time. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.