A hippo in a typical threat display towards a rival in phinda private game reserve, south africa. hippos are known to be a bit grumpy, but if you read their behavior and play your cards right it usually works really well. it takes confidence to get this close. hippos move with great ease in water, "swimming" by kicking their hind feet or simply walking on the bottom. they are well-adapted to an aquatic lifestyle, with small ears, eyes and nostrils set at the top of the head. their senses are super keen even when submerged in water. by closing its ears and nostrils, the adult can stay under water for as long as six minutes. it's no secret that hippos love water, which is why the greeks named them the "river horse." hippos can spend more than 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot african sun. the black market’s insatiable demand for ivory has turned poachers’ attention away from well-protected elephants to more vulnerable hippos! don't buy exotic animal souvenirs!!
photographed together with @irisalexandrov#kayaktravelpro@kayak_eu#southafrica#bestjobintheworld#conservation#nikonambassador#wwf#africa#ecosystem#engineer#beauty#power@natgeo@thephotosociety@mattiasklumcollection@alexandrovklumofficial
Some insanely beautiful caribbean reef sharks passing inches away from my camera in the bahamas. these sharks prefer shallow waters with a maximum depth of 35 meters and tend to inhabit coral reefs and ocean bottoms near the continental and insular shelves. aggregations of caribbean reef sharks are highly vulnerable to being fished out; a single longline could decimate an entire population. there are still about 400 species of shark in the world's oceans but at least
250 000 sharks are killed every day(!) for the finning- and shark liver oil industry etc. many species are now on the brink! by ridding the oceans of the sharks we destabilize resilient and strong ecosystems that truly support life as we know it! we depend on nature to function! #sharks#protect#biodiversity#mattiasklum#nikonambassadors#artistduoalexandrovklum#protectbiodiversity@natgeo@thephotosociety@mattiasklumcollection@natgeotravel@alexandrovklumofficial
One of the great perks of my job is to be able to carefully approach incredible species like this mountain gorilla in the spectacular virunga mountains. another privilege is to work with inspirational people. very soon dr. jane goodall and i are coming out with a book together. with this book we want celebrate biodiversity and the remaining beauty on earth and to inspire everyday choices for better more sustainable world. these mountain gorillas, for example, are still critically endangered and only approximately 875 are left in the wild in the virungas. they are powerful, intelligent and pacifistic all at the same time but they need help to survive! maintaining a sound population of mountain gorillas and keeping their forests in balance is actually the best way to secure long term stability for people, nature, climate and the region's economy. more to follow on our new book. please stay tuned! #janegoodall#silverback#mountaingorilla#nikonambassador#wwf#igcp#iucn#virunga#mattiasklum #fritankeförlag #protectbiodiversity@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@rootsandshoots@janegoodallinst