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
A manta ray glides over me and my camera in indonesia's raja ampat. mantas are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim. mantas do visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites like in this short film. the largest mantas can reach 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and at least 7 m (23 ft) in "wingspan". in 2014, indonesia brought in a fishing and export ban as it realized that manta ray tourism is more economically beneficial than allowing the fish to be killed. a dead manta is worth $50 to $600 while manta ray tourism can bring in $1 million during the life of a single manta ray. indonesia has 2.2 million square miles of ocean and this is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays. mantas have one of the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all fish and if approached with care and respect they can be curious and spend a long time with you.
the coral reefs of raja ampat are some of the richest marine habitats on earth. let's protect raja ampat and other fragile marine- and terrestrial ecosystems on this vulnerable and magical planet! shot on assignment with @ansgarklumphotos & @naturebyeinar#thecoraleden#mantaray#rajaampat#indonesia#marine#ecosystem#protectbiodiversiry#paradise#divers#instagood#photooftheday#mattiasklum#wwf#iucn#conservation@natgeo@alexandrovklumofficial@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov
Can you spot this camouflaged beauty inches away from my camera? like other elapid snakes, the venom of the jameson's mamba is extremely lethal. but unlike other venomous snakes that have specialized in just one kind of venom, the jameson's mamba uses a cocktail of powerful surprises. this blend is a toxic combination of hemotoxins, cardiotoxins, fasciculins as well as myotoxic substances. a bite from jameson's mamba can be deadly in as little as 30 to 120 minutes if proper medical treatment is not attained. ironically, as mentioned in previous posts, it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. the toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and alzheimer's. with some luck the jameson’s mamba may soon combat heart disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. photographed in cameroun for @natgeo#mattiasklum#livingthedream#protectbiodiversity#mamba#nikonambassador#cameroon#death#snake#venom#conservation@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumofficial
I would like to celebrate the world wildlife coservation day by mentioning a piece of positive information about the world’s threatened wildlife, the giant panda has been downgraded from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk of extinction, demonstrating how an integrated approach can help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity.
the international union for conservation of nature (iucn) announced the positive change to the giant panda’s official status in the red list of threatened species, pointing to the 17% rise in the population in the decade up to 2014, when a nationwide census found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild in china. i photographed this charming female giant panda in foping nature reserve, shaanxi province, china. please help raise awareness and contribute to the conservation and protection of endangered species such as sharks, elephants, rhinos and tigers by supporting conservation oraganizations like wwf and iucn. #mattiasklum#makeachange#nikonambassador#wildlifeconcervationday#livingthedream#protectbiodiversity#giantpanda#china#foping@irisalexandrov@natgeo@thephotosociety@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection
Like a silvery zebra-striped work of art, a yellow-lipped sea krait swim in fijian waters. this sea-and-land-going snake, which need air to breathe, ascend the island’s rugged coral and limestone banks to rest. this beautiful snake’s toxic bite causes paralysis, which keeps its quick and strong eel prey from escaping. in fact these kraits feed almost exclusively on eels, and their neurotoxic venom has evolved accordingly. ironically it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. the toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and alzheimer's. with some luck luck, the yellow-lipped sea krait may soon combat disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. #yellow-lipped sea krait #fiji#mattiasklum#life#protectbiodiversity#science@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection
Altruistic meerkat on the lookout! in order to spot potential predators, adult meerkats often climb to a higher vantage point or stand on their hind legs and they are more likely to do so when young pups are present in the group. meerkats are truly great at working together in numbers. a few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles that can s****h them from the ground. a sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover in burrows or bolt holes. while a few individuals guard the group, the rest forage for the foods that make up their varied diet. meerkats will eat insects, lizards, eggs, birds, and fruit. when hunting small game, they work together and communicate with purring sounds. meerkats are very efficient and entrepreneurial hunters and delightful to study in the field. this extremely nosy individual only inches away. shot on assignment for @natgeo in the kalahari, south africa #meerkat#kalahari#conservation#scientist#southafrica#nikonambassador#instagood#nosy@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection
Cnidocytes (stinging cells) of the anemones are explosive defense cells, which send out toxin-filled harpoons when triggered by touch of an intruder. the clown fish however is a rare exception. these stinging cells of the anemone do not harm the clownfish, but instead gives it shelter. in return the clownfish defends the anemone from predators and keeps it clean from small harmful parasites. this clownfish (amphiprion ocellaris) was photographed in the beautiful coral reefs of raja ampat. everyday is a good day to celebrate the importance and beauty of our marine worlds! oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate, absorbing carbon dioxide and they produce over half the oxygen that we, and all other land animals, breathe. their wealth is truly beyond comprehension. #doyourpart by making smarter everyday choices. avoid plastics, choose certified fish, don’t litter on beaches and most importantly, tell others to follow suit! please take a look at @aninconvenienttruth and check out my friends @paulnicklen@cristinamittermeier@sealegacy and @zarialynn in this story together with paramount pictures. #ocean#protect#conservation#protectbiodiversity#mattiasklum#conservation@alexandrovklumofficial