15 Amazing Wild Animals on Instagram
The National Geographic Instagram account, @natgeo, is one of our favorite things to read and follow. We could spend hours catching up on all the different assignments that they send their photojournalists on. The images they capture on these expeditions are always stunning and eye opening, amazing us with how intelligent and incredible the animals are. See some of our favorites shot by both Nat Geo and other great photographers on Instagram. Click on the images to see more from that photographer’s account!
1. @joeriis – The rarest bear in the world – the Gobi Bear. This 6 year old female was photographed while on assignment in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Gobi bears are vegetarian desert dwelling bears. With only 22-30 individuals remaining, the Gobi bear is truly a species living on the edge of existence.
2. @mashable – This is the one and only male Northern White Rhinoceros left on the planet. Its home is 200km north of Nairobi in Kenya, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Along with 4 other females, they are the last five remaining Northern White Rhinos in the world.
3. @nickngs – Lion cubs of the Simba East pride pose on top of a hunted zebra. They are too young to kill, but old enough to crave meat. Adult females usually do most of the hunting. Zebras and wildebeests rank high as chosen prey in the rainy season.
4. @robindmoore – A Rothschild’s giraffe pops its head inside Giraffe Manor in Kenya. Rothschild’s giraffe is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members left in the wild.
5. @thomaspeschak – A large Bohar snapper in Aldabra, the world’s second largest coral atoll, located in Seychelles. These fish are often found singly, but can sometimes be found in groups. They are carnivorous and mostly feed on other fish.
6. @paulnicklen – A Manatee nurses her twin calves in Blue Spring State Park, Florida. Twins are very rare for Manatees. Mothers nurse their young from one to two years.
7. @bearheadphoto – A mother sloth bear carries her 2 cubs on her back as they move around some large boulders in India. Most people in India don’t even know where sloth bears live. Their protection status is threatened, as they are often hunted or captured for use in performances.
8. @stevewinterphoto – A snow leopard traverses a rocky slope through Hemis National Park in India. They are native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia, and are unfortunately also on the endangered species list.
9. @whatsupdan – Two brown bear cubs playing around in Alaska. Each year millions of salmon burst from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a food source for the world’s largest population of brown bears.
10. @paulnicken – On his first trip to swim with Leopard Seals, he met this female who kept trying to feed him penguins. “Once she realized that I could not catch or accept one of her live penguin offerings, she started to bring me dead penguins. Of course, I felt terrible for the penguins but leopard seals usually play with their food before eating them and the she ate every penguin that I did not accept.”
11. @bearheadphoto – The look of intense focus as a Great Grey Owl is seconds away from snatching its next meal. “If you were a rodent, this might be the last thing you ever see, if you happen to see the owl coming.”
12. @stevewinterphoto – Cheetah cubs surround their mother in Phinda Game Reserve, located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Cheetah is the fastest animal on Earth, but as their living space has gotten smaller, their numbers are dwindled. They are currently on the endangered species list.
13. @thomaspeschak – The Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean are home to the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, a behemoth of a reptile that can weight more than 600 lbs. Nearly eaten to extinction by European Sailors in the 18th century, by 1840 they only survived on the remote atoll of Aldabra. In modern times, thanks to the dedicated efforts of conservationists, these tortoises have been re-introduced to other islands in the Seychelles.
14. @mattiasklumofficial – Meerkats sunning their bellies early morning before foraging for food such as caterpillars, scorpions and lizards. Taken in the Kalahari, South Africa.
15. @amivitale – These baby pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base were born weighing only a few ounces and will grow to 40kg by the time they are 6 months old!