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A selection of a few of our favorites from Lucas Bustamante (@luksth), a nature and conservation photographer from Ecuador. This week Lucas and @ConservationOrg are participating in the 2017 #WiLDSpeak symposium in Washington, DC. Last year Lucas joined us on the “Under the Canopy” virtual reality film shoot. See the link in our bio to get a behind-the-scenes account of some our most memorable moments filming deep in the Amazon.
November is manatee awareness month! DYK that these creatures, sometimes known as “sea cows”, are herbivores that graze primarily on seagrass? Unfortunately, habitat loss and climate change threaten the future of these cute animals. One key way to protect them: protect their mangroves habitats.
DYK palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world? You’ve probably used it a dozen times today without even realizing it. @conservationorg recognizes that palm oil itself is not the enemy and that it can be produced sustainably. Yet despite progress, the negative impacts associated with palm oil persist. That’s why CI is working urgently to address these issues and to promote solutions that benefit people and nature. See link in bio to learn more.
These lions are soaking in the last rays of sun in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. In this region, the fate of the wildlife and people are intertwined — the threats they face, they face together.
One @ConservationOrg program in Kenya, the Sarara Initiative, intends to chart a new course of sustainability in East Africa, delivering significant conservation impacts, enabling communities to benefit from wildlife and maintaining cultural traditions and reliance on nature. See the link in the bio to learn more.
By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in #urban areas. Cities need #nature to thrive, too. Through #Conservation International’s Water & #Cities initiative, CI works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems most essential for #water supply in three of the five largest megacities (with populations over 10M) in #LatinAmerica: Mexico #City, #Mexico; #Bogotá, #Colombia; and #RiodeJaneiro, #Brazil. Photo of #Rio de Janeiro.
Biorocks — metal frames connected to an electrical supply on the surface — combine #science and #nature to rehabilitate #coralreefs. Hard #corals quickly bond to this material, accelerating #coral growth by up to four times. These structures have been used in the #Maldives, #Bali, #Indonesia, the #Seychelles, #Japan and the #Caribbean. #conservation #ocean #motivationmonday
Look up at the #nightsky, and you can’t help but think about the #Earth spinning in #space.
“Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric #pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars...Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear #night #sky studded with thousands of twinkling #stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.” — #astronomer #CarlSagan, from his book “Pale Blue Dot”
#Kenya’s Reteti Elephant Sanctuary — the first community-owned #elephant sanctuary in East #Africa — provides a place for injured elephants to heal and a home for #elephants orphaned by #poaching. Through a partnership with #Conservation InternationaI, Reteti focuses on rescue and return where possible, with the goal of reuniting calves with their mothers within 48 hours. Photo by @amivitale. #wildlife #nature #wildlifetrafficking #animals #cute
Live now on “The Nature Savers,” we’re sitting down with Lian Pin Koh, a distinguished Professor of Applied Ecology & Conservation at the University of Adelaide in Australia and Lui-Walton Fellow. Lian Pin Koh is a pioneer in the use of low-cost drone technology for environmental applications. The focus of his fellowship is fostering and coalescing meaningful engagement among the environmental NGO sector and key academic institutions to advance conservation science, as well as introducing cutting-edge technologies into the conservation arena. (Link in bio)
The #Kayapó maintain legal control over 10.6 million hectares — about as big as the state of #Tennessee — of #tropical #forest and savanna in the southeastern Amazon region of #Brazil. Innovative #finance helps fuel conservation: CI’s Kayapó Fund, the first trust fund to focus on long-term financing for #conservation of the #Amazon by #indigenous people, supports their efforts to sustainably manage large areas of #land.
#DYK pollution is the world's number one killer? New research estimates that #pollution killed about 9M people in 2015. That's 3x more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15x more than from all wars and other forms of violence.
Listen up. #NatureIsSpeaking.
“Look up — there I am. I am the #sky...It took millions of years to get it just right. My perfect mix of gasses, temperature and #weather that you enjoy. But now your cars and factories and dust have pushed me past the limit.” - @_joanchen_ is voice of the Sky (video link in bio)
“Blueberry” is the first female #whale #shark to be tagged with a fin-mount satellite tag. As part of a partnership with @savetheblue, CI is studying the largest fish on Earth, which can grow as big as a bus! By studying #whaleshark health in #Indonesia, scientists hope to also gain insight into the health of the #marine environment that these giant #fish rely on for survival. •
#whalesharkwednesday #wildlife #wildlifewednesday #ocean #nature #science #animals
From the depths of the #ocean to the heart of the #rainforest, Conservation International staff have had their share of #spooky — and downright dangerous — moments in the field. To celebrate #Halloween, hear stories from our staff describing their most spine-tingling experiences in #nature (link in bio).
#moon #night #science #scientists #forest #wildlife
#Spooky, cute or cool? We’re celebrating #batweek with this close-up of a #bat, taken during a Conservation International expedition in #Ghana. CI scientists, as part of ecological “SWAT teams,” quickly document #biodiversity in critical areas worldwide, and have discovered over 1,500 #species new to #science.