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Photo by @joelsartore | sensitive to changes in the environment, northern leopard frogs in the rocky mountain region of north america have been experiencing population declines, prompting the creation of the northern leopard frog recovery team. this team, which is dedicated to ensuring the survival of this species, has been breeding the northern leopard frog for six years–an effort that has resulted in the release of more than 7,100 frogs. in june, the vancouver aquarium (@vanaqua ) raised and released over 1,600 tadpoles back into the wild, which was the second largest number of tadpoles produced in a single year. in recent years members of the recovery team have been able to hear adult males calling at the release site, a good indicator that the frogs are surviving the winter months and reaching s****l maturity. photo taken @thetoledozoo.

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Photo by @amytoensing | the werk family moves their cattle on the fort belknap indian reservation in montana where their family and ancestors have worked and lived off the land for generations. thank you, werk family, for opening up your home. to see more images from this upcoming story for @natgeo follow my feed

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Photo by @jimmy_chin | deep-water soloing is a form of climbing without ropes above water. @alexhonnold is footloose and free on the musandam peninsula in oman. shot on assignment for @natgeo. to see more climbing adventures around the world, follow @jimmy_chin

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Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | i spent part of an afternoon looking through a public telescope located on a hilltop in the settlement of elon moreh, where there is an incredible 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape, which includes a number of settlements, palestinian villages, and the city of nablus. this village, called mukhayyam fari’a, or far’a, is a palestinian refugee camp located just below elon moreh, in the foothills of the jordan valley in the west bank. established in 1949 following the 1948 arab-israeli war, it is one of the few refugee camps in the west bank that is supplied water by the nearby spring of far'a, from which the camp receives its name. for more follow @michaelchristopherbrown .

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Video by @renan_ozturk | ten miles into a remote canyon in what was formerly #bearsearsnationalmonument, we found ourselves in this moment. “that was the loudest noise i’ve experienced” @kylor mentioned after a five-minute period of sitting still with his eyes closed in what seemed like absolute silence. it’s hard for most of us to understand the native connection to this land but these brief experiences give us a small glimpse. please visit and support @protectbearsears to find out more! thanks @kylor for this magical edit and @trevorhallmusic for the sound #ancestralhealing #bearsearsheals

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Photo by @enricsala | today the argentinian senate voted for the creation of two new marine protected areas (mpas): namuncurá/banco burdwood 2 (29,000 square km) and yaganes (69,000 square km), located in the southern waters of the country. on december 5th, the argentinian congress voted in favor with an unanimous 196-0. with these new mpas, argentina quadruple their federal mpas, and joins the ambition and vision of leading countries in ocean conservation.
these areas contain unique biodiversity, from threatened albatrosses that roam the skies, to marine mammals like sea lions and whales, to fragile deep sea animals living on undersea mountain ridges. the biggest threat to these rich ocean ecosystems is industrial fishing, especially bottom trawling that can destroy thousands of years of growth in the single pass of a net. by protecting these areas, argentina also helps to replenish its overfished stocks. thank you argentina for such a historic action!
@natgeopristineseas @tompkins_conservation @fmarpatagonico @parquesnacionalesar #oceans5 every one of these mpas contributes to our #wyssfoundation #campaignfornature 30% protected by 2030 target.

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Photo by @paulnicklen | photographing for @natgeo for the past 18 years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. i have met so many friends, peers, colleagues, and editors who have become part of this powerful journey. a journey full of passion, commitment, and purpose. for me, if these images aren’t being used for conservation and global awareness, then there is no point in doing all of the work. i came into national geographic as an underwater wildlife specialist but i wanted to tell stories in the magazine that never had barriers. i wanted to be able to shoot equally above and below the water. working for national geographic is like being in the nfl except there is only one team. if you get hurt, you are off the team. if you have a bad season, you could be off the team. they expect you to be your very best with each and every story you shoot for them. i spent most of my time shooting out of fear of failure and was always certain that each story was my last. the work is physically and psychologically exhausting. my fellow photographers are the very best in the world at what they do. so, when the @natgeo followers chose this image as the top image published in national geographic in 2018, i was in disbelief. i still am. i also realize that it is a subjective process. here are my favorite images from the series. to see more of my work please follow me on @paulnicklen . #muchworkahead #gratitude #photography#storytelling #adventure

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Photo by muhammed muheisen @mmuheisen | i get a nostalgic feeling every time i visit the ancient city of petra in jordan; it’s a scene from the past and the present in one magical place. for more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen .

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Photo by matthieu paley @paleyphoto | kazakh eagle hunters ride their horses to a festival in bayan ölgii province, mongolia. for more cultural encounters, please visit @paleyphoto #eaglehunter #horserider #mediumformat #mongolia

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Photo by @jimmy_chin | why you should always get a window seat…somewhere above the central coast of mexico.

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Photo by @edkashi | men work on a brick kiln in anosibe, madagascar, in 2010.

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Photo by david chancellor @chancellordavid | relocating black rhino, eastern cape, south africa. it may not appear less stressful to move them this way (for the rhino anyway), but believe me it is. in this huge relocation from a national park in south africa to an undisclosed location, black rhino were darted from the helicopter and, once tranquillized, they were fitted with earplugs, blindfolded, and lifted by the same helicopter from the impenetrable bush just a short distance to another waiting vet team. there they were woken and placed into trucks for the journey to their new home. the alternative option of trying to extract them by hand, foot, and road from the dense bush would have been far more stressful than a short, sleepy flight. it's worth pointing out that this extraordinary team had zero injuries and zero fatalities during the entire move of these amazing creatures. to see more from here and elsewhere, follow @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction

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