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Photo by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly and I traveled the world to document the state of captive wildlife tourism. We spent a month in Thailand, where an elephant encounter is at the top of most tourists' lists, and we visited many venues where elephants spent their lives performing for or posing with tourists.

However, Elephant Valley in Chiang Rai, Thailand, was among the most responsible elephant sanctuaries that we visited. Here elephants are allowed to interact with one another and have a large swath of land to call home. Tourists are instructed to observe them from a safe distance, instead of climbing all over them or riding them like they do at other elephant attractions.

Photo by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce | For the June 2019 ...

photo_library Photos by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler and Joris van Alphen @jorisvanalphen | We captured these two leopards in our camera traps—one at an elevation of 2,000 meters in the Himalaya, and the other at sea level, in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. Big cats, like these leopards, need large home ranges to hunt sufficient prey. To maintain healthy populations of wild cats, we need to protect large expanses of undisturbed habitat. In Bhutan, more then 50% of the country is under protection, and undisturbed habitat extends from 100 meters above sea level to over 5,000 meters. @insidenatgeo supported me with a grant for this work.  #Bhutan #Conservation #Himalayas #RoyalManasNationalPark 
Follow me @christianziegler for more wildlife and nature stories.

Photos by Christian Ziegler @christianziegler and Joris van Alphen @jorisvanalphen ...

Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | Adam Eli, activist:

Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | Adam Eli, activist: "The ...

Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | What is your connection to the sea? For these three Hawaiian sisters, surfing is their life. Believe it or not, their names are Heavenly, Miracle, and Virtuous. At the crack of dawn, they stand with surfboards in hand at Makaha beach and assess the morning swell. They live and breathe the ocean every day of their lives. To see more from this magical corner of the world, please #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen. With @CristinaMittermeier and @SeaLegacy

Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | What is your connection ...

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Droughts have put pressure on pastoralists and wildlife across northern Kenya, often leading to conflict between humans and elephants. Thanks to the community-based conservation work of @NRT_Kenya and others, the number of elephants killed in human-wildlife conflicts and/or for poaching their ivory has dropped 97% between 2012 and 2018 in community-managed conservancies. For more on wildlife conservation, follow @pedromcbride #elephants #Kenya #wildlife

Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Droughts have put pressure ...

Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | A woman’s shoes rest on a boat in the port of San Lorenzo in the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas, close to the border of Colombia. This photo was part of book project in which Karla Gachet and I traveled from the Equator to the southern tip of South America.

Photo by Ivan Kashinsky @ivankphoto | A woman’s shoes rest ...

Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A family of endangered François langurs @theomahazoo. Found in southern China and northeastern Vietnam, these monkeys are good jumpers, with a long tail for balance, and long, hairless fingers for gripping. When they’re born, infants are bright orange for the first three or four months, allowing them to be highly visible in the thick forest to the multiple females that care for the newborn, a process known as allomothering. To see another shot of this species follow me @joelsartore. #endangeredspecies #primate #china #vietnam #photoark

Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A family of endangered ...

Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Looking out from a Hindu temple in Varanasi, India, reveals a surprise passerby on the street. From April 2019. #India #Elephant #Hindu #Varanasi #Asia

Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Looking out from a ...

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The limestone in this region of China is so strong it can withstand giant voids like Cloud Ladder Hall. Eventually though, over time, the weight of rock above will become too great and it will collapse, forming a giant sinkhole or Tian Keng, a huge hole open to the surface. This gigantic cave that has never seen the light of day is a tough photography target, even in clear conditions. But this one posed an extra challenge: it's so large and isolated that it has its own weather–including clouds. Weather makes its way in, but it can't make its way out. For this photograph, I had three accomplices: one standing out of frame with a large, single-use flashbulb, one standing on the rock to the left shining her headlamp at the cave wall, and a third dangling from a rope hundreds of meters away. Although the shutter was open for only 30 seconds, the whole operation took four hours, with the team communicating via walkie-talkie because the echoes made shouting unworkable.

Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | The limestone in this ...

Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | An Arctic fox kit yawns. During the summer of 2004, I worked on my master's in ecology in Svalbard, where I was able to spend time around an Arctic fox den. And even though my window of opportunity was small, it changed my life. 
Arctic foxes mate between February and May, with births taking place from April to July. The young are born and nursed inside complex dens, which provide shelter and protection against predators. After three weeks, the young start leaving the den to explore the surroundings—and luckily I arrived just as six little fur balls had emerged from the den. They spent 30 minutes playing in the midnight sun before they started to get sleepy again and headed back to their den. 
Upon my return to the Netherlands I entered the images in a photography competition, and to my surprise I was the overall winner. I never finished my degree and decided to dedicate my life to tell stories about the beauty and fragility of the natural world. Follow @jasperdoest more images of the wonders of nature and the human-wildlife relationship. #arctic #arcticfox #babyanimals

Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | An Arctic fox kit ...

Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | The Milky Way stands tall above the Circle Cliffs in what was Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Originally set aside in 1996, these lands were removed from the monument and opened for mining by presidential proclamation in 2017. The Circle Cliffs are visually stunning and house archaeological sites that trace human occupation of the area for thousands of years. For more images from this project examining landscape and rock art in western national monuments, follow me @salvarezphoto.

Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | The Milky Way stands ...

Photo by Amy Toensing @amytoensing | For International Widows Day: This is Christine Namatovu, with her son Andrew, in the house in Uganda that her in-laws tried to seize after her husband died. The relatives also tried to take Andrew and her two other children. With the help of lawyers from @ijm (International Justice Mission) Christine fought back in court and won. An estimated one third of widows in Uganda are victims to this crime known as “Property Grabbing,” and according to the global campaign Stand For Her Land women in half the world are still denied land and property rights even in countries like Uganda, where the laws legally protect women. For more information on these issues visit: stand4herland.org #standforherland #InternationalWidowsDay

Photo by Amy Toensing @amytoensing | For International Widows Day: ...