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Named not for the color of its shell but for its greenish skin, the endangered green sea turtle is particularly susceptible to population decline because of human impact. Intentional harvesting of eggs from nesting beaches and habitat loss puts this species at risk of vanishing forever. But together, we can help. Take the #SaveTogether pledge at the link in our bio and we’ll commit $5 to research and conservation. 📷: @joelsartore for #PhotoArk

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Meet the largest of all zebras, the endangered Grevy’s zebra. With a population reduction of 54% over the past 30 years, this species is suffering habitat degradation induced by extremely heavy grazing by livestock, competition with livestock (especially over access to water) and local hunting. Together, we can help. Take the #SaveTogether pledge, and the National Geographic Society will commit $5 to fund more on-the-ground exploration, research and conservation. Link in bio. Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore

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From the brown-throated sloth to the pacific sea nettle, species across the globe are at risk of vanishing forever. But together, we can help. Take the #SaveTogether pledge, and the National Geographic Society will commit $5 to fund more on-the-ground exploration, research and conservation. Link in bio. 🎥: The National Geographic #PhotoArk team with footage from founder @joelsartore

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The Sea to Source: Ganges expedition set out with the goal to understand how plastic waste travels through the Ganges River. Their water team specifically studied the potential impact that plastic pollution is having on the river and its wildlife, including fish. Sumit Kumar ( @sumitsharma6751) shared: “I was shocked to see the huge amount of discarded nets along the river banks which may be a threat to the aquatic organisms.” Read more from the #ExpeditionPlastic team as they reflected on their time in India. Link in bio. #PlanetOrPlastic Photo by: @sarahyltonphoto

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Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! Spanish caption below. ⠀⠀ "Being Hispanic is what makes me unique and gives me different and creative ideas," says Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow Jenny Gil ( @jennymycro). As a science communicator, she shares all of her work in both Spanish and English to reach more people, including audiences that may be excluded. Her advice for a more inclusive science community: "Create more awards and scholarships for Hispanic communities. Create resources in school for students whose first language is not English. Finally, simply open labs to scientists with different backgrounds." ⠀⠀ “Ser hispano es lo que te hace único y tener ideas diferentes y creativas,” dice Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow Jenny Gil. Como una comunicadora de las ciencias, ella comparte su trabajo en español e inglés para alcanzar a más personas, incluyendo audiencias que podrían ser excluidas. Su consejo para crear una comunidad científica más inclusiva: “Crear más premios y becas para las comunidades hispanas y crear recursos en la escuela para los hispanos como tutores de inglés.”

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20% of the world’s critically endangered western lowland gorillas reside in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, one of Africa’s oldest national parks and the second largest tropical rainforest in the world. These gorillas are threatened by poaching and disease, but Odzala-Kokoua National Park provides a haven for the population to recover. We’ve partnered with @AfricanParksNetwork to rehabilitate and manage protected areas across Africa as part of our commitment to help protect 30% of the planet by 2030 | 📷: Michael Nichols #CampaignForNature

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As an after school educator, National Geographic Education Fellow Willie Buford encourages students to keep learning outside of the classroom. His goal is to empower his community to all be responsible, productive and contributing citizens. Hear more from Willie and his peers about what has inspired them as educators. Link in bio.

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Congratulations to this year’s class of Early Career Explorers! We just wrapped a whirlwind week of orientation: The 19 members of the Early Career Leadership Program met their mentors, launched a year-long classroom collaboration with a Nat Geo certified educator, and took the National Geographic stage to explain their work in under three minutes. Check out our Stories to see more.

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This photo was taken by @NGPhotoCamp student Amgaa, who explored her home of Ulaanbaatar alongside world-class @natgeo photographers. For one week Photo Camp students learned to use their cameras to tell stories of rural to urban migration, cultural heritage and transitioning from a nomadic lifestyle to life within a city. Follow @NGPhotoCamp to see more of these students’ work, read their stories and be inspired by the next generation of photojournalists. Photo by: Amgaa

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“If lions can live in the community and the community can live with the lions, that’s a win-win situation,” says Explorer Shivani Bhalla. She is the founder and executive director of @EwasoLions, an organization that promotes coexistence between humans and wildlife who live along the Ewaso River. Read more about her work to understand why lion prides look different in Northern Kenya via the link in our bio. Photo by: Shivani Bhalla ( @shivani.kenya)

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On September 11, 2001, National Geographic staff members Ann Judge and Joe Ferguson were aboard American Airlines flight 77 with three D.C. teachers and three sixth grade students, en route to conduct fieldwork off the California coast. Their plane crashed into the Pentagon building. "They were both larger than life; they did not suffer fools easily; they were loyal; they made and kept friends all over the world, and for their entire lives; they loved beautiful things—clothes, art, and jewelry—and they loved to shop. Neither one of them took no for an answer when they believed they were right; they loved to travel; and they were passionate in their beliefs," remembers colleague and friend Kim Hulse.

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#OTD in 1965, National Geographic aired its first television feature with the 54 minute documentary Americans on Everest—a detailed account of the first American ascent of the mountain. Filmed and directed by Norman G. Dyhrenfurth with narration by Orson Welles, it also included the first motion pictures ever taken from the mountain’s summit. Photo by: Barry Bishop

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