The Nature Conservancy Africa (@nature_africa) — We’re a conservation organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and taking great photographs in Africa!
Photo by @tessrg14 & poem by @boxerwilde. ❤️🐘
Roses are red 
Elephants are gray
Photo by @tessrg14 & poem by @boxerwilde. ❤️🐘 Roses are red Elephants are gray Let's protect their habitat To ensure that they stay! Happy Valentine’s Day! #sciencevalentines#saveelephants#elephantlove#magicalkenya#protectpreserve#livenature
14.02.2019 21:41:35
Photo by @willbl. “The first picture I managed to capture of the African black l
Photo by @willbl. “The first picture I managed to capture of the African black leopard...” Amazing news: San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy researchers have confirmed the presence of rare black leopards living in Laikipia County, Kenya. So proud to be working closely with @sandiegozoo@loisaba_conservancy, @mpalaresearch, @kenyawildlifeservice, and @laikipia_county on a new initiative to track and research leopard populations in the area, with the aim of preserving the species and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Keep it up, partners! #camtraptions#cameratrap#blackleopard#magicalkenya#protectpreserve#livenature
13.02.2019 16:10:41
Photo by @amivitale. It’s crazy to think something so beautiful can be so harmfu
Photo by @amivitale. It’s crazy to think something so beautiful can be so harmful to both wildlife and other plant species. The invasive cactus Opuntia engelmannii, commonly called prickly pear, you see in this photo is spreading across Kenyan plains and outcompeting native plants. It attracts both wildlife and cattle with its sweet fruits. It can also hurt or even kill them. But there’s hope for solving this problem in the form of drone technology and tiny insects at @loisaba_conservancy, a 56,000-acre community-conservation project known for its thriving wildlife, sustainable cattle ranching, and ecotourism. Read the story and get to know Colorado-based “drone master” @naturebygus: bit.ly/DronesInsectsCactus (link in bio). Keep up the great work, Gustavo and team! #tncscience#scienceisawesome#oneconservancy#giraffe#pricklypear#enterthedrones#protectpreserve#protectwildlife#livenature
05.02.2019 23:27:15
Photo by @amivitale. Students at Ewaso Primary school listen to @lionlandscapes
Photo by @amivitale. Students at Ewaso Primary school listen to @lionlandscapes researcher Thomas Mojong teach them about lions outside of @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Learning about lion ecology, research and management, and how to better protect livestock from lion attacks will help these students become champions for lions within the community and encourage them to seek the means to co-exist with lions. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund, and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#livingwithlions#kenya#protectpreserve#livenature
01.02.2019 14:49:51
Photo by @amivitale. Isaak Kosgei looks into the darkness inside a boma (enclosu
Photo by @amivitale. Isaak Kosgei looks into the darkness inside a boma (enclosure) at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Behind him is an alarm developed by Savannah Tracking, which will blast sound and flash lights when a lion collared by @lionlandscapes approaches. On his phone is an app developed by @savetheelephants and @vulcaninc that gives him access to real time collared lion movements. Knowing where lions are and providing non-violent methods to scare them away promotes a peaceful coexistence. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund, and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#savannahtracking#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#lion#livingwithlions#kenya#protectpreserve#livenature
31.01.2019 14:36:22
Photo by @amivitale. Narok, a collared lioness, and her young cub rest in the sh
Photo by @amivitale. Narok, a collared lioness, and her young cub rest in the shrubby grasslands at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. The collars are carefully fitted to maximize the lion’s comfort. With over 200 collars having been placed and 20 years of research, there has been no sign of injury or negative impact. On the contrary, a collar can save a lion’s life. Satellite collars help groups like @lionlandscapes track the movements of lions living amongst people and livestock. Real-time movement data from these collars teaches us about how lions survive in human-dominated landscapes and helps us to prevent human-lion conflict by keeping livestock away from known lion locations. And if a collared lion approaches a livestock enclosure outfitted with an alarm, the alarm will blare, scaring the lion away. With less human-wildlife conflict, all species benefit. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund, and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#savannahtracking#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#lion#livingwithlions#kenya#protectpreserve#livenature
30.01.2019 16:14:59
Photo by @amivitale. Loyanae Lonolngiro herds livestock outside of the enclosure
Photo by @amivitale. Loyanae Lonolngiro herds livestock outside of the enclosure where the animals sleep at night with a lion alarm outfitted by @lionlandscapes at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. In Laikipia, livestock owners have found — and are finding new ways — to coexist with lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs. They are amazing for doing this. We owe them enormous gratitude for being so tolerant in the face of threats to their livelihoods and even their lives. @lionlandscapes works to support these livestock owners wherever possible. Among other undertakings, @lionlandscapes rangers are trained to visit livestock enclosures, spot practices that could make livestock vulnerable to lion attacks, and help livestock owners better guard their livestock from lions. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund, and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#savannahtracking#coexistencecoop#lion#livingwithlions#kenya#everydayafrica#protectpreserve#livenature
29.01.2019 17:07:13
Photo by @amivitale. @lionlandscapes Lion Rangers gather around the fire at a bo
Photo by @amivitale.@lionlandscapes Lion Rangers gather around the fire at a boma (enclosure) at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. By monitoring lion movements closely, the Lion Rangers are able to preempt human-carnivore conflict by warning livestock owners of the lions’ whereabouts and shadowing lions when they move into areas with high risk of conflict. They also serve as ambassadors for wildlife, educating and supporting local livestock owners in conservation initiatives. @lionlandscapes is currently trying to raise funding to support 40 rangers, which would be enough to cover 400,000 acres of land that supports wildlife, people, and livestock in Laikipia by the end of 2019. They’re hoping to expand even further the following year. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund, and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#lionlandscapesrangers#thankyourangers#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#lion#livingwithlions#kenya#protectpreserve#livenature
28.01.2019 16:40:03
Photo by @amivitale. A lion looks up from his freshly caught wild prey at @loisa
Photo by @amivitale. A lion looks up from his freshly caught wild prey at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Large wide ranging carnivores like lions are normally one of the first mammal species to be lost in areas shared with people and livestock. Their presence in a human dominated landscape like this one is a symbol of a successful coexistence. Apex predators like lions play a vital role in maintaining a healthy balance in an ecosystem, impacting everything below them, from soil nutrients and disease, to plant, prey, and scavenger populations. If lions are doing well then the entire ecosystem is likely doing well. In the long term, that means the ecosystem will be better able to support the people that also rely on it. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund, and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Lion conservation is facing huge challenges and no one organisation can solve them alone. Vital partnerships like these make the huge undertaking of saving these magnificent creatures possible. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#lion#livingwithlions#kenya#protectpreserve#livenature
25.01.2019 16:19:13
Photo by Tim Rucci. “I shot this photo of a lilac breasted roller in flight whil
Photo by Tim Rucci. “I shot this photo of a lilac breasted roller in flight while on a photo safari in Kenya to celebrate my recovery from cancer. I had been in treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for most of 2011 and this trip was my way of celebrating the end of the treatment and the subsequent year of rest and recovery. During my two weeks in Kenya, I had gotten several nice images of lilac breasted rollers perched on various plants and trees. But it was not until the last day of my trip that I finally managed to get a couple nice flight shots, including the one you see here. I was really excited to finally get the result I had been wanting.” Asante sana for sharing your beautiful photo and the story behind it with us, Tim. Please visit timrucci.com for more stunning images like this one. #lilacbreastedroller#birdlovers#photosafari#magicalkenya#africa#protectpreserve#livenature
23.01.2019 16:35:13
Photo by @kodilu during expedition #Okavango18 for @NatGeo. Couldn’t resist a re
Photo by @kodilu during expedition #Okavango18 for @NatGeo. Couldn’t resist a repost! Mud bath anyone? #Regram from @intotheokavango: “The sheer joy this elephant was having playing in the mud was a beautiful experience the team shared out in the Okavango Delta. Travelling down the bridled channels, peacefully gliding along the water, one’s senses are alert to every smell, sound and sight on offer. It is vastly different to travelling by car, boat or foot. The sense of freedom and oneness with the wilderness often means sightings like this elephant, who was totally relaxed right in front of us, are common, and such a privilege to share. We highly recommend enjoying a mokoro ride wherever you get an opportunity and tune-in to your surroundings, basking in the beauty of nature. As John Muir once said: ‘In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks’.” ⠀⠀⠀ #intotheokavango#botswana#desertdelta#africa#saveelephants#majesticwildlife#protectpreserve
18.01.2019 16:36:47
Photo by Anton Ivanov. Exciting news: TNC is officially working with partners in
Photo by Anton Ivanov. Exciting news: TNC is officially working with partners in the Okavango! Every year, in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, an abundance of life flourishes. Rains that fall on highlands in Angola take as long as six months to flow the length of the Okavango river system and wet the furthest reaches of its inland desert delta, which doubles in size to 5,000 square miles during its flood season. This breathtaking ecosystem supports Africa’s largest remaining population of elephants, provides water for 1 million people, and attracts 1.3 million tourists each year. Also home to African wild dogs, big cats, and endangered birds, the Okavango Delta is one of the most biodiverse habitats in Africa. Click the link in our bio to meet our INCREDIBLE new Okavango Basin Program Director Sekgowa Motsumi (can you tell we’re excited to have him on board?!) and learn how this new project aims to preserve the unique biodiversity of this spectacular place while improving the lives of local people. @nature_org@insidenatgeo@intotheokavango#okavango#aerial#botswana#africa#savewater#desertoasis#protectpreserve#livenature
16.01.2019 18:06:30
Photo and words by @roshni.lodhia. What is to be said about Leah Orwangas, a Maa
Photo and words by @roshni.lodhia. What is to be said about Leah Orwangas, a Maasai woman who had the courage to fight for her land rights? Leah welcomed me, the photographer, into her home as if I were a family member. Just moments later, there was a rush of footsteps behind me. Her grandchildren had come to see her and Leah greeted them with joy and laughter. Come to think of it, she was smiling or laughing throughout my stay there. We walked outside where she shared her story. After her husband died, a man from Arusha city tried to take away her land. At the time, she wasn't aware of her inheritance rights. But with the help of Ujamaa Community Resource Team, a founding partner of the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, she was able to get her land back. Leah spoke up as a Maasai woman, which is not an easy task in her community. Leah explained how she is now a leader and a source of light for other women in her community: "When people see me now, they respect me for who I am. They seek advice from me." @carbontanzania@honeyguide_tz@maliasili_tz@pathfinderint@africanpeoplewildlife@nature_org#maasai#tanzania#africa#wilderness#livenature#landscapelover#grandmotherslove#storiesuntold
15.01.2019 18:51:19
Photo by @rossexler and words by @matayobrown. “We are ready.” Those words have
Photo by @rossexler and words by @matayobrown. “We are ready.” Those words have been on the top of my mind since May when I traveled to Kigoma, Tanzania, for a four-day review of the Tuungane Project, a partnership with @pathfinderint. While we’re focused on securing forest habitat for endangered chimpanzees and creating sustainable fisheries on Lake Tanganyika, they’re focused on improving the health of women and children by helping people plan their families. Yet we’re an integrated team with a shared vision of success. We’ve come far in the last six years. More than 35% of forest habitat and 12 fish breeding sites are now protected. Twelve health facilities have been renovated, and 132 medical staff have been trained in emergency obstetric and newborn care. After more than half the families in a village became “model households” demonstrating positive health and sustainability behaviors, we adjusted the measuring stick to create a “model village” that would advance progress across the entire ecosystem. On the last day of the project review, we reported our progress to 25 visiting local government officials. Buhingu Ward Councilor Masoud Sibonja declared, “My village is ready. We want to be a model village. We cannot wait any longer. Change is happening too fast. We are ready.” 🌿 #weareready#families#fisheries#forests#chimp#cutebabyanimals#tanzania#protectpreserve
09.01.2019 18:23:52
Photo by @roshni.lodhia. Quick note to our Instagram friends: You’ll notice our
Photo by @roshni.lodhia. Quick note to our Instagram friends: You’ll notice our captions say “we” a lot. Oftentimes when you see this, “we” means our growing team of partners, scientists, fishers, wildlife rangers, government and business leaders, farmers, pastoralists, and many others alongside our determined staff. And, of course, the foundation of all that we do together is our generous supporters. Big thanks and high fives to you all. Looking forward to an exciting year together. Here, TNC’s Anthony Kariuki (right) and data technician Gilbert Cosgei (left) sample water in the Upper Tana-Nairobi watershed. Gilbert shared, “Macro-invertebrates like stoneflies and mayflies tell you a lot about the river. Any disturbance, any pollution, the more sensitive species will disappear. So you can use them to monitor the effects of human activities.” #teamworkmakesthedreamwork#sciencefun#savewater#kenya#protectpreserve#livenature
08.01.2019 22:29:29
Photo by Sidra Monreal. Something changes when we go outside. Our spirits are li
Photo by Sidra Monreal. Something changes when we go outside. Our spirits are lifted and the stresses of everyday life shrink away. We find inspiration by observing the big things, like epic landscapes, and the small things, like the patterns of moss on a rock. Nature gives us all a little something different. That’s why we asked our 2018 Photo Contest participants to share reflections on just how meaningful nature is in their lives. Here’s what Sidra Monreal had to say: “Nature is a constant reminder of both mortality & also our resilience. Life adapts to so many contrasting environments. Life overcomes so many challenges & obstacles, evolving over the ages to become stronger, learning & growing.” 🧡#sossusvlei#desert#landscape#namibia#africa#protectpreserve#livenature#nature#conservation
06.01.2019 17:42:03
Crawling into the first weekend of 2019 like this baby olive ridley sea turtle i
Crawling into the first weekend of 2019 like this baby olive ridley sea turtle in Gabon. Have a wonderful one, everybody! 🥳 #seaturtle#cuteanimalvideos#gabon#africa#protectpreserve#livenature#happyweekend
04.01.2019 21:52:04
Photo and video by @roshni.lodhia. Kicking off the new year with our best poses!
Photo and video by @roshni.lodhia. Kicking off the new year with our best poses! Swipe left for a special thank you from the A-Team to you. Asante sana (thank you!) for an incredible 2018 and cheers to another great year ahead! 🎉 #happynewyear#cheers#asantesana#joblove#tanzania#africa#protectpreserve#livenature
01.01.2019 18:28:16
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