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Trust and collaboration are major keys to successful conservation.
The female conservationists that make up the PRIDE Lion Conservation Alliance are a powerful example of both! 🦁❤️ #lion #conservation #jacksonhole17 #catsummit #wildlife #Africa #ruaha #lionguardians #lionlandscapes
#collaboration #quoteoftheday

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THANK YOU @LeonardoDiCaprio and the @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn for your incredibly generous commitment of $1 million to the @LionRecovery Fund, a joint initiative between WCN and LDF. With just over 20,000 lions left, your support will help us protect these majestic felines and bring them back from the brink. Photo by: Susan McConnell #lion #lions #bigcats #bigcatsofig #lionrecoveryfund #savelions #cecilthelion #endangeredspecies #wildlife #wildlifeconservation

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Legendary @NatGeo cinematographer @dereckjoubert speaks about collaboration amongst organizations at the @JacksonHoleWild Film Festival & #CatSummit. 🦁

#jacksonhole17 #bigcats #conservation #lion #tiger #leopard #cheetah #jaguar #wildlife

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A resurgence of interest in rhino horn has also seen a resurgence of poaching in Africa. In the past ten years alone, we've lost more than 7,000 rhinos in Africa. Celebrate #WorldRhinoDay by learning more in our latest blog: bit.ly/2xnFLm Photo by: Susan McConnell #rhino #rhinos #wildlife #conservation #endangeredspecies

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Grevy's zebras can be distinguished from plains and mountain zebras with many identifiable features such as large rounded ears, narrower stripes, a white belly, and a light muzzle. Our partners at @grevyszebratrust in Kenya conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with local communities to provide a bright future for everybody. Photo by: Suzi Eszterhas #grevyszebra #zebra #africa #wildlife #conservation #wildlifewednesday #wildlifephotography

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Nicknamed the "scaly anteater," the pangolin is the only mammal completely covered in scales. Unfortunately, the pangolin is also the #1 most trafficked mammal. Help us save these cute scaly creatures by supporting our up and coming partners, @savepangolinsofficial. Photo copyrighted by Darren Pietersen #pangolins #pangolin #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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African painted dogs dappled coats of black, tan, and gold, huge satellite shaped ears, and sophisticated family structures make them one of our planet's most unique animals. Painted dogs ranged through 39 countries with a population of over 500,000 through the turn of the 20th century. Today, however, there are less than 7,000 of them across 14 range states. To support our partners in their work to save these beautiful wild dogs, visit them at @painted_dog_conservation #painteddogs #wildogs #africanwildlife #wildlife #conservation #wildlifewednesday

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Cheetahs are just as unique as they are beautiful. These cats can run up to speeds of 61 miles per hour without breaking a sweat, and they are the only large cats that do not roar. Instead they communicate with a whole repertoire of barks, chirps, and purrs. When greeting familiar cheetahs, these cats aren't that different from domesticated cats in the manner in which they greet each other: by licking, sniffing, and rubbing cheeks. Our partners at Cheetah Conservation Botswana work closely with local communities in Botswana (one of the last remaining stronghold for cheetahs) to improve community perceptions towards these fast disappearing cats. Check out our website for more info -wildnet.org Photo by: Eric Ash #cheetah #cheetahs #wildlife #conservation #endangeredspecies #bigcats #bigcatsofig

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We would like to extend a special thank you to Tiffany & Co. for their commitment to saving the elephants and the launch of the #TiffanySaveTheWild collection. 100% of profits will be donated to the Elephant Crisis Fund which supports initiatives around the world to protect elephants and stop the demand for ivory.
To learn more, please visit http://bit.ly/2gT9QCg and http://bit.ly/2wPVnRu

Photo: Patrick Freeman

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The @ElephantCrisisFund—a joint initiative of @SavetheElephants and Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn—provides support to projects around the world that stop the killing of elephants, and stop the trafficking and demand for ivory. Now, when you purchase pieces from @tiffanyandco “Save the Wild” collection, you’re helping to save elephants. 100% of profits go straight to the Elephant Crisis Fund. Tiffany & Co has made a minimum commitment of $1 million to help save elephants. #savetheelephants #elephantcrisisfund #endangeredspecies #wildlifeconservation #tiffanyandco

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The @ElephantCrisisFund is a joint initiative of @SavetheElephants and Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn to end the ivory crisis. The ECF has funded the world's best efforts in the most critical hotspots to stop the killing of elephants and the trafficking and demand for ivory. Learn what’s being done to save elephants in this video by @LeonardoDiCaprio and visit the new @ElephantCrisisFund website (www.elephantcrisisfund.org) #elephants #endangeredspecies #savetheelephants #wildlife #conservation

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Spectacled bears, also known as Andean bears, are the only bear species found in South America. These arboreal bears prefer to avoid conflict, using their sharp claws to climb the tallest trees and rest in platforms of sticks and leaves. This cub is also using its sharp claws to peel back the bark on this tree to eat the nutritious second layer. Much of this vegetation is tough to open or digest for most animals, and the bear is one of the few species in its range to exlpoit these food sources. Video by @sbcperu. #spectacledbears #andeanbears #bears #endangeredspecies #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation

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Today is #InternationalWhaleSharkDay! Check out this gentle giant. These majestic fish are filter-feeders and are harmless to humans. Photo by: @maralliance - Follow them for all things whale shark! #whalesharks #sharks #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifewednesday #wildlifephotography

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During breeding season, king penguins display the most interesting courtship behavior. The male king penguin unfurls to his full height, raises his bill in air, and makes a loud trumpet-like call, signaling his availability to female king penguins. When a male and female penguin "click" they call, bow, strut, and shake their heads in something akin to a dance! They will then stand facing each other, rise up to their full heights, and relax their bodies. Our partners at @globalpenguinsociety work to protect all 18 species of penguins, including king penguins! Photo by: Susan McConnell #penguin #penguins #kingpenguins #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies

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Repost from @okapiconservation. We couldn't resist sharing this photo of Mosi at the @sandiegozoo. A curious little calf with those characteristic giant ears. #okapi #okapis #wildlife #wildlifewednesday #conservation #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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The saiga antelope is one of the world's most ancient animals, having shared the earth with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. They are only found in 4 places all within the Asian continent: Kalmykia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. Learn more at @saiga_conservation
Photo by: Eugeny Polonsky #saiga #saigaantelope #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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As their name suggests, Ethiopian wolves are endemic to the mountains of Ethiopia. These canids are the most threatened in the world and the only wolf species found in Africa. They are at the top of the food chain of the ecosystem in the area they inhabit, thus having no predatory enemies in the wild. However, widespread disease, habitat loss and other factors are contributing to their decline. Check out our website to see what we are doing to help save this beautiful species. Photo by: Will Burrard-Lucas #ethiopianwolf #wolf #wolves #endangeredspecies #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation

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A pod of hippos provides tons of ecosystem engineering power. These mighty river beasts submerge underwater (up to 5 minutes at a time) and bounce off the riverbed, churning up the mud as they go and changing the course of waterways. At night, they leave the water on single file pathways to feed, which creates trails for smaller animals to move about. Despire their enormous size, hippos only consume about 88 lbs of grass a day! How many hippos can you see in this photo from @niassalionproject? #hippos #hippo #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies

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Today is the Day of the Cotton Top Tamarin! This squirrel-sized little monkey is found in the forests of northwestern Colombia in groups of up to 9-13 individuals where their plant and fruit diet gives them an important role as a seed disperser. Whether by their messy eating habits or just digestion, they keep the forest fresh and rejuvenated. They've been listed as Critically endangered due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade but luckily for them, our partners at @proyectotiti work to keep the titis safe every day and not just on the #DayOfTheCottonTopTamarin. Photo by: Proyecto Titi #cottontoptamarins #cottontops #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies

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Lions are an irreplaceable part of nature, an iconic species that we can't let slip away. Help us spread the word and stop this quiet crisis. lionrecoveryfund.org #WorldLionDay #SaveLions

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Happy #InternationalCatDay! Celebrate by petting the nearest cat and by learning more about some of the world's small wild cats. Pictured above is a Canadian lynx! Lynx have excellent eyesight: they can spot a mouse at 250 feet! Also, the back tufts of hair at the tops of their ears serves to enhance their already phenomenal hearing. Lynx also like to hunt and travel alone, and are slightly more active at night than day just like your beloved kitty at home. Photo by: Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation #cats #smallcats #wildcats #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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Did you know that penguins are not just found in Antarctica, but also places like Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa? These versatile flightless birds are charismatic and quick to adapt! Our partners at @globalpenguinsociety work with all 18 penguin species worldwide. Learn more: wildnet.org/wildlife-programs/penguin Photo by: Susan McConnell #penguin #penguins #wildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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Giraffes have an interesting identity as one of the world's most recognized animals even though very little research has been done on them. While investigating the genetics of the giraffe populations of Africa, our guest speaker at the 2017 Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo, Dr. Julian Fennessy and his team from @giraffe_conservation made a discovery that made headlines around the globe. Pictured above is a reticulated giraffe, one of four giraffe species. Check out their page to learn more. Photo by: Julian Fennessy #giraffes #giraffe #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies

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If you're in the Los Angeles area, don't miss your chance to support the @elephantcrisisfund with a visit to the @theg2gallery, featuring the work of photographer @skmcconnell! When you purchase art from the current exhibit, 100% of the proceeds will be donated by The G2 Gallery to support the ECF. It runs until August 5th so stop by soon! Photo by: Susan McConnell #elephants #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies

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Over the past 25 years we've lost one half of all lions across the African continent. Just over 20,000 lions are left in the wild. It's time to bring lions back. Stay tuned and follow @LionRecovery for information on an exciting new initiative to help bring back the King of Beasts. Launching on #WorldLionDay 08.10.2017 Photo by: Steve Mandel #lions #lion #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies #bigcats #bigcatsofig

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Whale conservationist Dr Asha de Vos has been making headlines lately with her recent discovery of a new species of whale and the @TED Talk, "Why You Should Care About Whale Poo." She will also be one of our guest speakers at the 2017 Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo. With the launch of @oceanswellorg, she hopes to reach more people with the magic of the world's oceans. Help Oceanswell feel welcome and follow their page for the latest news and updates from this exciting new project. #bluewhales #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography

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Our partners at Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Project are proud to release their 2016 Annual Report. It was a hectic year for EWCP, one where they responded to the threats of disease while trying to keep ahead of another outbreak and the many threats faced by the wolves. EWCP continues to work with their Ethiopian partners on education, awareness, and science-led approaches to protect the world's most endangered canid. Check out the link for the complete report from EWCP - https://t.co/gcQrwKw09g Photo by: Will Burrard-Lucas | #ethiopianwolf #wildlife #conservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography #wilddogs

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Over the past 25 years, we have lost one half of all lions across Africa. Today, only 20,000 of these beautiful cats remain. The time to stand up for lion recovery is now. In this letter to the editor from WCN's Peter Lindsey and @pantheracats Luke Hunter, you'll hear their expert thoughts on the tragic death of #CecilTheLion, and the recent death of his son Xanda, as well as the state of lion conservation in the world today. Read more at https://usat.ly/2uZNBE0 | Photo by: Eric Ash | #lions #lionconservation #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies

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Snow leopards are well suited to the snowy plains of their Himalayan kingdom. Their remarkably wide feet act as snowshoes to distribute their weight evenly and keep the cat from sinking too deep. As ambush hunters, they like to sneak up and attack from above, sending their prey on a wild chase down the mountain side. A snow leopard is capable of leaping anywhere from 20-50 feet and their tail helps them maintain their balance if they land on an uneven spot. Stay tuned for your daily dose of animal facts and photos! Photo by: Eric Ash #snowleopards #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #wildlifephotography #bigcats #bigcatsofig

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