Joel Sartore- Photo Ark @joelsartore
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Founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year project to show the world the beauty of biodiversity in all its forms, and inspire action to save species.
688 Posts
1.1m Followers
242 Following
Founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year project to show the world the beauty of biodiversity in all its forms, and inspire action to save species.
Eastern yellow-billed hornbills are part of a diverse family of birds characterized for their elaborate and colorful bill structures. This bird pair named Little Brother (left) and Bonnie (right) were photographed @indianapoliszoo. They live in the woodlands, forests, savannas and shrublands of North-eastern Africa, feeding on smalls insects, scorpions, and seeds. The beak of these hornbills is quite strong, with the ability to open tough seeds. Serrations on the edges of the beak provide yet another way to breakup food. Although their beaks appear top heavy, the internal structure is made of a honeycombed structure with air chambers, making it extremely light weight.
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This striking antelope is a lelwel hartebeest, native to Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Hartebeests can be seen grazing in herds ranging from 20 all the way to 300 individuals if fresh grass is abundant. These animals may take an awkward shape, but they are far from ungainly. In fact, hartebeests are capable of running at great speed to escape threats. They’re usually calm and cautious creatures, but if attacked they will become quite ferocious, using their formidable horns to defend themselves.
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Blood pythons like this one at @TheOmahaZoo can grow to be almost 6 feet (1.8 m) in length! They reside in southeast Asia and feed on a variety of mammals and birds. These snakes are non-venomous but sometimes can be aggressive and deliver a painful bite when threatened or aggravated. Snakes like this are incredibly important to the environment. Without them, we would be completely overrun with rodents, which would be detrimental to crops, property, and our general health.
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Image by @joelsartore | Aptly named, ornate spiny-tailed lizards boast a long tail full of spiky scales, used to defend against attackers. These vibrant and striking reptiles can be found living in small groups in dry habitats across eastern Egypt, southern Israel and Saudi Arabia. Because they live in such warm environments, they have the ability to change color in order to help regulate their temperatures. When it’s extremely hot, these lizards become lighter in color to avoid overheating, and when it cools down they become darker to absorb more sunlight. This lizard was photographed at @thelivingdesert, a non-profit dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. To see another image of this lizard visit @natgeo
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Meet the tigrinus catfish photographed at the @dallas_world_aquarium. This species is also known as the tiger-striped catfish due to the patterning across its entire body. They are naturally found in the upper Amazon River Basin, inhabiting murky, fast-flowing river channels. The striped patterns may help to camouflage them in the rapids, enabling stealthy hunting for invertebrates and smaller fish. These catfish are typically sold as juveniles in the ornamental aquarium trade for prized aquarium collections and can demand a high price due to their limited availability. Removing predatory species like this catfish from the wild can have detrimental effects on species survival and habitat, so it's important to understand the role a species plays, especially those bound for your aquariums.
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These exuberant birds are vulturine guineafowl, photographed at @lincolnchildrenszoo here in Nebraska. They are gregarious creatures that flock in groups of up to 25 birds in the forests of central Africa. Though they live in open habitats, they are most comfortable when undercover and will roost in trees. Vulturine guineafowl are terrestrial, so rather than fly away when alarmed, as most birds do, they will run. To see an up close portrait of a vulturine guineafowl, check out @natgeo!
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Does the star of this #pollinatormonday look familiar? The small milkweed bug of Central and North America is seen in abundance on milkweed plants, feeding on the seeds. These small insects are important pollinators because milkweeds contain cardiac glycosides, which are toxic to many other species that would otherwise do the pollination. Small milkweed bugs work in harmony with Monarch butterflies to pollinate milkweed. Every plant counts these days. Please remember to plant milkweed and nectar-bearing plants in your backyard gardens to help save the insects, from butterflies to bees.
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Did you know that ensatina salamanders breathe through their skin? They don’t have lungs at all, but instead have a gene that codes for a protein that helps the membranes in its skin be more receptive to gas exchange. These little amphibians can be found living amongst moist, woody debris from British Columbia all the way down to Baja California and Mexico. To deter predators, these salamanders release a milky, noxious substance from their tails. If they do happen to get snatched up, they have the ability to shed their tails and avoid becoming another animal’s dinner.
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