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@stevewinterphoto @natgeo This was shot for my @natgeo Leopard story out now in the Dec 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Face off - one young female is challenging a older female for territory and the resident male. The older one won out. This was a 6 second close interaction it seemed like something was going to happen - but they just went their own ways. This is so similar in many ways to us as humans! Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families. If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, we need to treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. Remember just as an example of the importance of their homes - the forests. 50% of our oxygen comes from forest - the other 50% from the oceans. 75% of fresh water comes from forests. So we save their homes - we help save ourselves. National Geographic launched the Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and implement change to the dire situation facing big cats. Please visit to find out more about Build a Boma and other ways to become involved to save big cats! Give a High 5 for big cats! #5forbigcats @ #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see other images, thanks! @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #bigcatsforever #ivoryfree #wildaid #bigcatsforever #beauty #me #follow #love #leopards @wildaid #1withnature #photooftheday #picoftheday #smile #beauty #friends #instamood #instafollow #nature #wildlife #5forbigcats @eiainvestigator #rhinoswithoutborders #cute
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The Dabous Giraffes are located in the Sahara Desert in the West African country of Niger. Viewed as one of the top rock carvings in the world, they are estimated to be 7,000 - 9,000 years old. The carving in hard granite took several years to complete and was only found relatively recently by a French archeologist in 1987. The adult giraffe on the left has a leash on its nose implying that some giraffes were tamed. If you look closely you can see a juvenile giraffe behind the adult and it also has a leash. This area of northern Niger, along with southern Algeria and southern Libya, have over 10,000 rock art carvings and read like a great photo album about life thousands of years ago. This photo was part of a National Geographic magazine story called Lost Tribes of the Green Sahara which documented the discovery of a pair of ancient civilizations from 2,000 to 10,000 years ago. It was also the subject of a PBS television film called Skeletons of the Sahara. You can paste this link into a browser to read the full story and see many more photos of the skeletons, tools and jewelry found here: The Gobero site was found on a Paul Sereno dinosaur/archeology expedition along with distinguished scientists from Niger. Over 250 human skeletons were discovered here in one of the largest hunter-gatherer cemeteries ever found. It has been at risk for vandalism and looters, and to protect it, a life size mold was made. A cast made from it was on display at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. for several years. There are still giraffes in Niger and you can usually see them on the side of the road on the fifteen hour drive between the capital Niamey and the ancient desert trading city of Agadez that we use as a base camp. #art #rockart #rockcarvings #dabous #niger #algeria #libya #africa #sahara #agadez #giraffes #archeology #expedition #tuareg #neolithic #beauty #paulsereno #greensahara #gobero @petergwin @natgeo @mike_hettwer
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