Did you know? Pangolins are the worlds most trafficked mammal and are at risk of being EATEN TO EXTINCTION… Yep “eaten to extinction” - let that idea sink in for a second…😔🍽👇🏽
Video by: @jeanlabu
"It is estimated that since 2000, MORE THAN 1 MILLION PANGOLINS have been traded illegally at the international level, which makes them the MOST TRAFFICKED wild mammal in the world..." - @savepangolinsofficial
There are 8 species of Pangolins (4 Asian species and 4 African species) and sadly “all eight pangolin species are now listed as threatened with extinction, largely because they are being illegally traded to China and Viet Nam." - Says Professor Jonathan Baillie, Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL.
Unfortunately, the illegal trade of this beautiful and intriguing animal is thriving, and it blows my mind that humans are willing to pay big bucks for:
- Their MEAT, which is being plated up across East-Asia as a "luxury" food...
- Traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed that their scales treat a range of conditions, from poor circulation to psoriasis…
Fortunately there are people and projects out there that are doing their part to help protect these animals and raise awareness, such as the accounts mentioned below. Show them some support/love by checking out their page and giving them a follow! @pangolinsg @savepangolinsofficial @tikkihywoodtrust @vietnamwildlife @pangos.and.pottos @pangolinandco @africanpangolinconservation
If you know of any other Pangolin heroes that aren’t on the list above, comment them below! 🦸🏼♀️🦸🏽♂️
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Masai Mara - The Number of ‘Senior’ male lions have gone up so much that we see lots of changes. They are forming coalitions and at times even hunting to feed themselves. Here is something one would usually not see - Two males sharing a meal. I made this #witholympus OM-D E-M1X and the 300 mm pro lens. #natgeowild#natgeoyourshot#bbc#bbcwildlife
desperately missing lying down on the ground and taking pictures of ducklings, but already looking forward to lying down on the ground and taking pictures of mushrooms. good old nature, always providing
Giant Red winged Grasshopper (Tropidacris cristata) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It may surprise you that my first shot from Costa Rica is an insect. We witnessed countless bird and mammal species as we travelled through Costa Rica, but one group of animals that really got my attention was insects. Mainly because they are monstrous. Insects require two things to grow, warm weather and a constant food supply are needed to attain a greater size. The tropics have both, so insects are able to develop all year round. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is a Giant Red winged Grasshopper, so called as it can reach a massive 4 inches in size and they have a gigantic 9 inch wingspan. I came across a group of these guys just chilling amongst the leaves as I was roaming through the hotel grounds, and they were near enough inactive, which allowed me to grab some stills with my macro lens and capture in great detail these amazing creatures. I also seized this opportunity to grab some footage of these miniature giants which I can't wait to share.
Kissed by sunlight, the beauty of the painted lady never fails to disappoint. As autumn arrives, and nature prepares for winter, what wildlife are you most looking forward to seeing? Let me know below 🙂 I need some inspiration! 🦋🍁🍂