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Photo by Lucas Foglia @lucasfogliaphoto | It’s National Honey Bee Awareness Day! Did you know that every honey bee you see pollinating a flower is female? Each hive has one queen, with 100 female worker bees for every male drone bee. The queen’s only job is to lay eggs and a drone’s only job is to mate with the queen. The female worker bees are responsible for everything else: gathering nectar, guarding the hive and honey, caring for the queen and larvae, keeping the hive clean, and producing honey. Bees give new meaning to the phrase "A woman’s work never ends." They pollinate 70 of the top 100 consumer food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world's nutrition. #NationalHoneyBeeAwarenessDayPhoto by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | A mother and son about to board a rescue ship, the Aquarius, at sea off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean, operated by @doctorswithoutborders. This image is an outtake from a 2016 project documenting migration into Europe. During its time at sea, the Aquarius rescued roughly 80,000 migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean. Without the work of @doctorswithoutborders and dozens of other rescue organizations on the Mediterranean, thousands more would have lost their lives. Rescue ships like the Aquarius are no longer allowed to operate in the Mediterranean, and dinghies carrying migrants from Libya are often turned away. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | At the end of a long day at her veterinary practice, Odette Doest makes supper, accompanied by Bob and, on her shoulder, Willy, a two-year-old free-flying, chestnut-fronted macaw that she rescued as a chick. Odette and her son also share their home with nine cats and eight dogs. Bob is unfazed by his housemates. Bob is a Caribbean flamingo from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by Doest, a local vet (and also my cousin) who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation center and conservation charity—the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for @fdoccuracao, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife. Follow @jasperdoest for more images of Flamingo Bob and other stories about the human-wildlife relationship. #birdrescue #flamingo #prettyinpink #flamingobob #curacaoPhoto by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Muhammad, a groom from Sudan, has been in Saudi Arabia for the past three years. Each day he tends to his horse at dawn and sunset, to prepare for the Riyadh race track. #riyadh #saudiarabia #horse #groomPhoto by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | Battling to stay afloat, American speleologist Erin Lynch struggles to pull her way across a raging torrent of white water that relentlessly bombards her. She holds on while crossing the main river in China's Quankou Dong cave and explores beyond. Following very heavy rains, these caves in Wulong County are impassable.Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | A quarter of all shark species are at risk of extinction. Around the world, we are fishing many shark species faster than they can reproduce, and once over-fished, sharks will take a long time to recover—if they can recover. We can be angry and heartbroken, but we also can go deeper to understand why this problem exists and rectify it. We need stronger management and legislation in place to protect them. Thankfully, the world is starting to wake up to the crisis sharks face, but we need more voices to join us. Please help me in preserving their beauty and start #TurningTheTide for sharks at @cristinamittermeier. #ocean #conservation #CITES4SharksPhoto by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Euphrasia poplar trees tap into shallow ground water near the Talimu River, as it sinks into the sands of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. Scientists call these trees diversifolia, as the mature trees have two leaf shapes, some round like an aspen and some elongated like eucalyptus. Yet both turn yellow at the same time in mid-October. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | A male polar bear opens an eye during a nap on the west coast of Hudson Bay, Canada. This male bear was in no rush. He was waiting near the water’s edge in anticipation for the big freeze: an annual event when the ocean turns into a rock-solid ice pathway. This ice allows him to hunt his primary prey, the ringed seal. To see this guy in action and to learn more about polar bears’ incredible lives, watch ‘Wild_Life: The Big Freeze’. Premiering this Friday, 8/16 at 9pm EST on Nat Geo Wild. Follow @bertiegregory for more on the series. #bear #arctic #cold #wildlife #wild_LifePhoto by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Elephants enjoy a mud bath at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). A coating of soil helps protect sensitive elephant skin by acting as both sunscreen and insect repellent. These elephants are being cared for by members of the local community: “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us. We now have a relationship between us.” Follow @amivitale to learn how I am using my personal photography to support @r.e.s.c.u.e's crucial work. @conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealivePhoto by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Sunrise on the Circle Cliffs, Utah. Sometimes it is easiest to see what’s important in the rearview mirror. These spectacular cliffs were removed from the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and opened for mining by presidential proclamation in 2017. Besides being visually stunning, the Circle Cliffs house archaeological sites that trace human occupation of the area for thousands of years. For more images from this @insidenatgeo project examining landscape and rock art in western national monuments, follow me @salvarezphoto and my non profit @ancientartarchive.Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | It may seem like a ubiquitous sight: a pair of serene, long-necked giants ambling their way across a grassland landscape toward tea-colored water. It's as if they have the place to themselves. But we know the reality is very different: giraffe populations are in alarming decline, and habitat loss is one of the biggest threats they face. For a towering, supersized browser, the pressures of survival in landscapes increasingly hemmed in by humans can be especially intense. In fact, studies have shown that giraffes living near dense human settlements have larger home ranges, requiring them to travel greater distances and use up more precious energy to obtain critical resources. Just like a deep channel blocking their path, more and more barriers impact the animals' chances of survival, and they are certainly not alone. Will we pull together to slow the looming extinctions, stabilize the climate, and prioritize the health of the planet over short-term developmental gains? As of 2018, 14.9 percent of the Earth’s land surface and 7.3 percent of the world’s oceans are formally protected. We have a long way to go, but it is possible—if we just don't leave things too late. #spacefornaturePhoto by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | When you're a penguin, there's no telling when you might become a sea lion's lunch. These rockhopper penguins race toward shore in groups because it increases the odds of survival; you're less likely to be picked off by a hungry predator when you're surrounded by a dozen birds that look just like you, and if you're faster than all the others, then that's great news for you. Penguins have evolved for life on land and in the ocean, but once you've seen the way they move through and over water, it's hard to call them flightless. At the very least, these rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) seem to remember what it was to soar through the sky, before evolution took them out of the air and gave them the sea to fly through instead. Follow me @PaulNicklen for more photos and stories from some of the most remote parts of the world. #naturephotography #penguins #explore #gratitude