We invited leading environmental photographers to take over our Instagram for a week. We were honored to have Christian Ziegler, world-renowned photojournalist, tropical ecologist, conservation- and National Geographic photographer, share his stunning photos and amazing adventures on our account.
Check out more of Christian’s work at http://www.christianziegler.photography/
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: From today on (Monday, June 22), I will be taking over this IG account to cheer on the work of the #RainforestAlliance, a wonderful NGO working to support land use shift as well as consumer behavior to promote sustainable practices and a long term protection of biodiversity and human wellbeing. Everybody’s choices are relevant and we all can make a difference by choosing shade grown organic coffee and enjoying sustainable tourism rather then products adding to global deforestation. Please keep this in mind, pay attention to the Rainforest Alliance certification, and enjoy some of my favorite places and species, which I will be sharing over the next week. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: A Bonobos, humankinds closest living relative, in the deep rainforest of the Congo basin. Endemic to the forests south of the Congo, this ape is very rare and elusive. So elusive in fact that we know almost nothing at all about our close cousins live in the wild. Suffering from habitat loss and bush meat trade, bonobos will need our help to maintain healthy populations. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: The Rwenzori Mountains, also referred to as the ‘mountains of the moon’, a small but very high (5109meters/ 16761feet) mountain range between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are home to many endemic species, both plants and animals and a high biodiversity in general because of the dense packing of different vegetation types. It is a very challenging, yet very rewarding loop hike of several days, that leads through 5 different vegetation zones, including the giant heather zone with 15 meter/ 45 feet heather trees, that can be seen here in the foreground. Diversity hot spots like the Ruwenzori are important to pay special attention to in conservation effort. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance. Tropical forests such as this here in Central Panama have high #biodiversity. 100 acres here may be home to almost 300 species of trees, while all of the north American continent has about 1000. Protecting areas of high diversity is important for the sake of nature, and of humanity: new foods or medically active substances might well be waiting for discovery in any of these tropical forests. #FollowTheFrog, #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance. Connectivity: the Balsa tree (Ochroma pyramidale), a super fast growing pioneer tree in Central- and South America, is a key stone resource for fruit and nectar feeding birds and mammals as it flowers at the end of the rainy season, when resource levels in the forest are very low. The beer glass sized flowers offer up to two ounces of nectar – a welcome meal for this Kinkajou (Potos flavus), which turns out to be the main pollinator species for balsa trees in Panama. #FollowTheFrog, #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: Another visitor to the Balsa tree (see last post) is the woolly opossum. These cute little creatures come to visit the tree right after sunset – after they can be spotted by raptors, and before larger animals such as the kinkajour come and chase them away. #FollowTheFrog, #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: Lianas, defined as woodly climbers, can make up more then a third of the species richness and plant #biodiversity of tropical forests. The liana way of life – described by some as structural parasitism, since they use the support of trees to get their leaves into the forest canopy, has evolved in many different plant families and is quite successful. Here is a liana from the legume family, in a forest in Panama. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: An ocelot gazes down from a liana tangle in a forest in Central Panama. The most common of the spotted cats of the new world, ocelots can thrive in a variety of habitats and play an important ecological role. Habitat fragmentation and hunting have been reducing the populations in many areas of the ocelots range, from the southern US though out the Amazon. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: South-east Asia’s tropical forests have the highest canopy of any, with emergent dipterocarps reaching more then 80 meters (260 feet) into the sky. This is an aerial view of Lambir Natiuonal Park in #Sarawak (Malaysia), one of the most diverse forest known to science with more then 1200 species of trees in 100 hectars. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: Vegetarian carnivore….the Flask-shaped pitcher-plant (Nepenthes ampullaria) is a odd one: best suited to digest plant matter with the liquids in its pitcher, this fact was a big surprise when first discovered. Photo taken in #Brunei in a rare and threatened lowland peat forest habitat. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: Mangroves, like these in #BocasdelToro in #Panama, are very important coastal habitats in tropical regions all around the world: not only do they contribute hugely to coastal protection – their bendy trunks and branches absorb much of the ocean’s energy during storms or even tsunamis – they also form the nursing habitat for many reef and commercially important fish species. Nevertheless, mangroves appear to be one of the fastest disappearing tropical ecosystem, often making way to coastal development for tourism and shrimp farming. You can make a difference with your consumption behavior. #conservation. #FollowTheFrog and #IGtakeover.
Photo by @christianziegler posting for #RainforestAlliance: Abundant life teaming amoungst the roots of a mangrove in #Belize. An amazing amount of #biodiversity can be found protected between the roots, including the offspring for countless species of fish who spend the beginnings of their lives here. #FollowTheFrog ,#IGtakeover.