Mashatu Herd
Photograph by Jaco Marx

Today is World Giraffe Day 2014!
The first ever World Giraffe Day will be celebrated around the world on 21 June 2014 - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere seemed the most appropriate day to celebrate the tallest animal!
Not only is it a worldwide celebration of these amazing and much loved animals, but an annual event to raise awareness and shed light on the challenges they face in the wild. By supporting World Giraffe Day you can help to support giraffe conservation efforts in the wild that will ultimately help to secure the future of this amazing creature in Africa. With only less than 80,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time is right to act NOW!
Giraffe Conservation Foundation (X)

Warm and Fuzzy
A cygnet peers out from its mother’s wing at a local pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Photograph by John Halvorson.

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Sea Turtle by *michael sweet*

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Dugong by udo van dongen

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Green Anole by  M. Fitzsimmons

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Red Crested Turaco by giles.breton

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Leopard cub in the Sun by dorneyphoto

Leaping Impala
"We were driving around the Savute plains in northern Botswana, searching for a group of lions that had killed a very young female impala a few minutes before," writes photographer Chris Schmid. “After [we’d been] observing the lions, a group of impalas got my attention. A young male was jumping around just a few meters away from the lions that had just killed one of its kind. The contrast between life and death made this moment unique. The other impalas were observing the lions, but this young male didn’t care one bit about them. He was just enjoying being alive.”
Photograph by Chris Schmid

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A hummingbird and a Panamanian orchid make a perfect pair as the bird unwittingly assists in flower pollination. Many plants self-pollinate, but most orchids need help—often provided by the birds and the bees—to reproduce.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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