20 Memorable Wildlife Sightings – World Wildlife Day #WWD2016

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A collection of my most memorable wildlife sightings to celebrate the beauty of the natural world for #WWD2016

The United Nations’ World Wildlife Day on 3 March, 2016 creates the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.  The theme of #WWD2016 is “the future is in our hands” with African and Asian elephants the main focus of the day.

And whilst the plight of these and other threatened species is one that undoubtedly deserves attention and action, #WWD2016 is a reminder of how important conservation of all wildlife is, if future generations are going to co-exist with the incredible natural world we are lucky enough to enjoy today.

The opportunity to see wildlife in its natural environment is usually a key feature of my travel adventures. It constantly reminds me how beautiful the world can be. It has increased my appreciation of our responsibility as human beings to protect wildlife and the environment it lives in. And it has provided some of my most memorable photography and travel experiences.

Here are some of my favourite wildlife sightings, in no particular order:

1. Breaching humpback whales in Madagascar

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2. Elephant seals and king penguins co-existing on Gold Harbour, South Georgia

This was one of many adolesecent male elephant seals hauled out at Gold Harbour in South Georgia. About half of the size it will be when fully grown, it was reguarly asserting itself with mock charges and fights with other seals.

3. Brown Bears in Finland

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4. Leopard relocating its food in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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5. Close Encounter with one of the greatest predators in the Antarctica – the leopard seal

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6. Cheetah and her cub in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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7. Searching for Madagascar’s smaller wonders (giraffe-necked weavil)

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8. Puffins bringing food to chicks at Farne Islands, UK

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9. Elephant at sunset in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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10. Lemurs of Madagascar (Diademed Sifaka Lemur)

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11. Meeting the King of the Svalbard Arctic – the polar bear

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12. Cheetah chasing away uninvited guests in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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13. The world’s largest king penguin colony at St Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia

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14. Large herds of wildebeest & zebra in Africa’s Great Migration 

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15. Arctic birdlife (kittiwakes) contrasting with the spectacular ice

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16. Dusky Dolphins playing in the waters near Kaikoura, New Zealand

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17. Feisty Rockhopper Penguins in the Falkland Islands

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18. The sadly endangered Black Rhino in the Masai Mara, Kenya

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19. Zodiac cruising alongside the Arctic’s Walrus

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20. Red Deer in the rutting season, Richmond Park (UK)

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

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