saada had been attending school in adis ababa, ethiopia, when her family decided to marry her to an older boy from the neighborhood. she refused in fear of missing out on school, but her family informed her that she had no choice. obediently, she sat through her own wedding. after a few days, she informed her husband that her education was her priority. he left her that week. for the past four years, saada has been employed by a saudi family as a domestic helper.
while following the stories of several women, i learned that some of the domestic helpers see themselves as mere workers and count the days until returning home. however, others see their duties as an escape from a worse scenario. cleaning, cooking, and taking care of the children or the elderly are normal duties expected from them. but outside the daily occupational hours, they either become included in the family, or attacked as a scapegoat for every problem that arises, as soon as their arrival. ⠀
i realize that whatever their reasoning or outcome to have migrated to a different country, i'm witnessing an act of resilience that is shared by anyone leaving their home to earn a living.
Photos by @ciriljazbec / samburu women wear their traditional clothing to show their pride in being educated and going to school.
published this week in @natgeo story 'in rural africa, tablets revolutionize the classroom'. brck tablets are opening up new learning opportunities for the samburu tribe women and children in the kenyan reserve.
follow link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read the entire story and see more photos!
Photo by @katieorlinsky // captured #withgalaxy s8, produced with @samsungmobileusa. ava's mane. ava is a haflinger mare at rosemary farm sanctuary @rosemaryfarm, a horse rescue in the catskill mountains of new york, home to over sixty equine animals saved from slaughter, neglect, and abuse.
six years ago ava was found at a horse auction, scared and pregnant with her filly jess by her side. both mother and daughter were sent to auction in poor health with very little training; the odds they were going to get purchased were slim and they were almost destined for slaughter. fortunately, rosemary farm sanctuary stepped in and rescued them. ava’s recovery proceeded little by little. she lost her pregnancy, which is common due to the stress pregnant mares endure at auction, and she was understandably angry and unruly. however with time her anger waned, her health increased and ava became a vibrant spitfire. she has even started training under saddle.
Video by @joelsartore | critically-endangered kurdistan spotted newts reside in just four severely-fragmented streams in iran. though they are currently protected by law in iran, they are often illegally exported for the international pet trade. captive breeding now plays a vital role in the continuation of this beautiful species.
@zoowroclaw, where these newts were photographed, is breeding the kurdistan newt, which creates a chance for its reintroduction back into those four streams in the zagros mountains in iran. recent studies estimate that there are approximately 1,000 individuals left in nature. a few dozen individuals hatched at the zoo wroclaw in 2005, giving even more hope that the species will survive in the long term.
to see a portrait of these newts, follow @joelsartore!
Image by @beverlyjoubert. irresistible - a flicking, tasseled tail is not something that a playful, young cub can ignore. how long he gets to play will depend on how much patience his mother has and how deep his claws go! he is one of the youngest members of the famed tsaro pride and has a lot of growing to do before he can head off into the okavango on his own. with an estimated 3000 adult male lions remaining, a lot rests on little cubs like him. mortality in lion cubs is high and with males being kicked out of their prides when they near maturity, it is essential for them that there is space to go and continue that journey to adulthood. the problem is that protected, wild areas across africa are becoming smaller and corridors for young, nomadic lions to venture between existing lion territories, much more difficult to navigate. but the okavango has been granted many levels of protection and there is a great deal of work happening to secure the source in angola. with continued conservation of wild lands, this little cub might one day be the leader of his own pride. #littlebigcats#okavangolions#tsaropride
Photo by @ciriljazbec / samburu warriors whose wives attend the school. published this week in @natgeo story 'in rural africa, tablets revolutionize the classroom'. brck tablets are opening up new learning opportunities for the samburu tribe women and children in the kenyan reserve.
follow link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read the entire story and see more photos!
Photo by corey arnold @arni_coraldo // have you ever seen an american bald eagle in its natural habitat? the definition of “natural habitat” in the aleutian islands has been changing in recent decades. an estimated 500-800 bald eagles live near the remote alaskan fishing town of dutch harbor, surviving primarily off human food waste and leftover p*****k from fisherman’s nets. here, a battle looms over discarded meat discovered inside a local super market’s dumpster.
click the profile link @arni_coraldo to see outtakes from a town besieged by bald eagles in the january issue of nat geo magazine with words by @laurelsara#baldeagle#america#freedom#usa#alaska#photooftheday#aleutiandreams#humananimals#dumpsterdiving
Photo by @stephenwilkes. a year ago, i was on steeple jason, an island that is part of the jason islands in the falkland islands. it was the first location for my nat geo assignment, to create day to night photographs of bird migration. this photograph of bull sea lions basking on the rocks reminds me of how remote the island is and how unique the landscape and environment are. it is not an easy place to get to and there is only one house to stay in, which the wcs was kind enough to allow me to stay in. i encountered many challenges along the way but it was worth every minute. please stay tuned for more to come on this exciting adventure. follow me @stephenwilkes. #sealions#falklandislands#stephenwilkesphotography#nationalgeographic#photography#daytonight#wcs
Photo by @photobracken (amber bracken) | today is save the eagles day. frozen bald eagles are stored in bags, awaiting distribution to native americans, who use them for ceremony, at the national eagle repository in denver, co on july 3, 2017. even though staff work hard to fill orders, there is a long waitlist for eagle parts and highly prized items, like juvenile golden eagle feathers, can take years to receive. eagles at the repository come from all over the united states and die from a mix of natural and accidental causes. after decades of population management and banning ddt, wild bald eagles are thriving, with a population of 140,000 in 2016. golden eagles, however, number only 40,000 in the wild. the greatest stresses on eagle populations is habitat threat, wind turbines, power lines and poisoning from lead bullets. while illegal hunting does exacerbate modern pressures for eagles, it’s also true that historically native americans have been harvesting feathers, bones and other parts without impairing the wild population.
in late april 2017 the u.s. department of justice announced it had indicted 15 defendants, many who were lakota from the pine ridge reservation, accused of flouting statutes intended to safeguard bald eagles, golden eagles, and other migratory birds from poaching and exploitation. called project dakota flyer, the sting operation by the fish and wildlife service is the latest in a string of investigations into the black market for eagle feathers and parts that has fanned out across north america and beyond. economic isolation is pervasive on many reservations and prize money from winning competitive powwows can help some fill the gap. since showier regalia (cultural clothing) can help dancers win, it drives the demand for eagles feathers and parts beyond the legal supply. even still, trafficking is against cultural teachings and many people shun traffickers. for more on this complex story, see the story here https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/08/eagle-trafficking/.
Video by @joelsartore | this l’hoest’s monkey is living at @parconaturaviva. harry, aged 15, and kamil, aged 5, met each other in parco natura viva, where they immediately developed a strong bond, engaging in mutual grooming and food sharing. in the wild these primates are found in montane tropical rainforests of the albertine rift in central africa at altitudes ranging from 900 to 2,500 m. although more terrestrial than most other guenons, they forage and sleep as a group in the canopy, where they participate in mutual grooming.
l’hoest’s monkeys are threatened by deforestation on the eastern edge of their main range as a result of agricultural expansion. parco natura viva is supporting the european ex situ conservation programme (eep) of the l’hoest’s monkey and developing educational activities with visitors to raise awareness on the protection of african primates and their fragile ecosystems.
sending a big thank you to @greenteenteam for the opportunity to photograph these monkeys.
to see a portrait of harry and kamil, check out @joelsartore.
Photograph by @juanarre (juan arredondo)
tourist and visitors enjoy the panoramic view from the rooftop of a hotel located in the exclusive neighborhood of el poblado in medellin typifies the growing nightlife and appeal of the city. it's a dramatic change from the violent days under escobar's medellin cartel, which brought the city to be the most dangerous city in the world at one point.
after 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities.
shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'the healing of colombia' with text by alma guillermoprieto. to see more about colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place. follow me @juanarre on instragram
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial for @natgeo
time for a nap! some playful and unruly baby orangutans are wheeled to a place where they can take a snooze. as the forests of southern borneo still are under pressure orangutans and many other species, as well as people, are acutely affected!
please go to @mattiasklumofficial to meet a chill orphaned orangutan.
at orangutan rescue centre nyaru menteng hundreds of orphaned orangutan are kept while trying to find a safe new world for them. the name orangutan is derived from the malay and indonesian words orang meaning "person" and hutan meaning "forest", thus "person of the forest". one of the most intelligent, amazing and threatened primates on the planet. help protect the orangutan and the rainforest! support organizations like wwf or bos and by sharing this message! #bos#helpsave#iucn#redapes#borneo#mattiasklum#orangutan#conservation#wwf#savetherainforest@thephotosociety@natgeo@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial
@robertclarkphoto i had the opportunity to make a #portrait of this saker #falcon, he was very cooperative and gentle.
the saker falcon (falco cherrug) is a large species of falcon from central europe eastwards across asia to manchuria. it is mainly #migratory except in the southernmost parts of its range, wintering in ethiopia, the arabian peninsula, northern #pakistan and western #china.
birdlife international categorises this bird as #endangered, due to a rapid population decline, particularly on the central asian breeding grounds. ever since the collapse of the soviet union, the united arab emirates have been the main destination for thousands of falcons caught and sold illegally for hefty sums at the black market. #kazakhstan is estimated to lose up to 1,000 saker #falcons per year.
Photo by @katieorlinsky // captured #withgalaxy s8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // river and piper at rosemary farm sanctuary @rosemaryfarm, a horse rescue in the catskill mountains of new york that is home to over sixty equine animals saved from slaughter, neglect, and abuse.
piper, a dark bay pony mare, arrived at rosemary farm with her tiny infant son six years ago. too young to be a mother, she was most likely impregnated while in the k**l pens at the horse auction she was rescued from. they didn’t know she was pregnant until her baby colt dropped in the snow months later. the mother and son were then transferred to rosemary farm sanctuary, and piper has grown into a happy, well-adjusted and healthy horse. she is river’s main squeeze.
river, a dapple grey wild mustang, spent the first eighteen months of his life in a holding pen after being captured by the bureau of land management. although several owners adopted him over the years, they were all unable to tame and train him, most likely due to his early childhood traumas. he was known for breaking through stall windows, jumping over enclosures and slipping under fences. river needed to feel free. fortunately, his last temporary home, a boarding barn, reached out to rosemary farm sanctuary for help. he now lives at the sanctuary where he is free to roam and peacefully socialize with other horses like piper.