📸 @filipe_deandrade | Sunday vibes. Tag someone who gave up adulting this weekend to chill like this young gelada monkey.
📸 @filipe_deandrade | When I close my eyes, I see Cocos Island. And if I am lucky, I dream about it. Imagine a place so removed from the urban jungle (36 hours by boat to be exact) that nature dominates it. Pirate stories surround the islands, the feeling of saltwater mixes with uninterrupted fresh air and then you go underwater for the best part, the animals. Life is as it should be in Cocos Island, wild and free. Everywhere you look biological perfection surrounds you. Thousands of hammerhead sharks swim over you, eels and pufferfish below you and if you’re lucky, a tiger shark in front of you. This place is the top of the mountain for oceanic diving in my opinion. It will take your preconceived notions of what a healthy marine ecosystem should look like and surpass it. However, its also a harsh reminder that most of the ocean isn’t doing as well as Cocos Island. We continue to abuse our oceans even when they provide food for around 4 billion people. Sharks continue to be slaughtered at an unsustainable rate (over 100 million per year) and are even falsely demonized as man eaters by the entertainment industry. With all these issues facing us, I think about what @janegoodallinst once said “There’s still a lot left worth fighting for.” That’s why I try not to let negativity take over me, but rather share natures beauty. And to me, Cocos Island is worth sharing. Until I get back there, I will dream about it. But very soon I hope to see YOU out there, marveling in its beauty. Love y’all wildlife warriors! 😸 #wilduntamed#costarica#puravida
Video by @bob@bobpoolefilms | You’d think you were looking at a fight, but actually they are mating! Lions can mate over 100 times a day. Despite the aggressive behavior just after mating, they were very affectionate to each other the rest of the time. They stayed together for a couple of days and were not distracted by anything. I filmed these two mating over and over again. This big male is part of a coalition of males that recently took over the territory the female's father once held. He killed her father's cubs and now he is making cubs of his own. It take strong males, working together to defend a pride and raise many generations of cubs. I think this guy and his cubs will be around for a long while. Come to @bobpoolefilms to see the rest of the sequence. •
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Photo by @ale@alexbraczkowski
That male lion weighs nearly 400 pounds and he is balancing on the branches of a large candelabra tree. @alexbraczkowski snapped this shot while shooting a new @nat@natgeowild show on tree lions. In Uganda lions spend almost all of their daylight hours in the branches of big cactus-like euphorbia and fig trees. After the rains, this male decided to get up high to enjoy the last minutes of sunshine. Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park to see these incredible tree lions for yourself and follow @natgeowild for more lion adventures!
Photo by @ale@alexbraczkowski
Are you hanging onto Friday like this young cub? This youngster has climbed a large candelabra tree (or euphorbia), these trees look like massive cactuses but they're different in that they have a poisonous milky latex in their branches! I've been here filming a new @nat@nat@natgeo show on these fascinating lions and their incredible tree-climbing behavior. People think they do it to escape flies, to use as a vantage point, my professor thinks it's to get shade and escape the thorny bushes below! Why do you think lions climb trees in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth Park?
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Love Will See You Through | Photograph by Beamie Young (@Beamie2)
.“During my treatments for breast cancer I was lucky to have many friends and family help me through the hard times, but Jasper seemed to sense just what I needed,” writes Your Shot photographer Beamie Young. “He could tell when I was feeling sick and would curl-up next to me and just stay by my side. Dogs can be a incredible source of love and comfort. This shot is from a series of self portraits.” @natgeoyourshot
🎥 by @filipe_deandrade | Filming hummingbirds is like speed-dating. Only you introduce 40 pots of coffee and a lot more rejections. These brilliant dashes of color are the fiery-throated hummingbirds of Costa Rica. I filmed them at almost 9,000ft elevation in the Talamanca mountain range. @brianmoghari and I used a slow motion camera capable of stretching 1 second out to 2 minutes. Think about that for a second (or 2 minutes). You and I doing anything in that kind of slo-mo would look more like a still frame. Yet these creatures can beat their wings over 40 times per second with a heart rate of over 1,000 beats per minute. That’s why even in super slo-mo, they still look like the graceful aerial ballerina ninja warriors they are. Because they move that quick, they have one of the highest metabolisms in the animal kingdom. What extraordinary creatures they are. And they are natural pollinators so their presence is not only fun to observe, but incredibly important. Is it starting to sound like I’m obsessed with hummingbirds yet? Thats because I am! Even though they reject all my advances of getting closer, better and more detailed shots. “One way Love street” thats the only speed dating I subscribe to. #costarica#puravida#wilduntamed