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Video by @martinschoeller | Holocaust survivor Berthe Badehi was born in Lyon, France, in 1932. Berthe was hidden by a Christian family in Le Montcel. Seventy-five years ago, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp was liberated. The guards had left the day before, and 7,000 abandoned prisoners remained at the camp when two Russian soldiers, pulling a machine gun on a sled through snow, arrived at the gates. At the end of the war about six million Jews and many millions of others had been killed. To commemorate the Holocaust, I traveled to Israel, where I interviewed 75 Jewish survivors at @yadvashem , the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. I will be sharing their stories for the next few months.

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Photos by @lucasfogliaphoto | Each year in the United States more than 73,000 wildfires burn approximately seven million acres of land—the number has been rising. To prevent wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service performs controlled burns between fire seasons, when the land is wet enough so that fires don't go out of control. The budget for controlled burns is 1 percent of the amount spent fighting wildfires.

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Photos by @michaelchristopherbrown | Over 20,000 pro-gun demonstrators as well as demonstrators in opposition, such as the student-led March For Our Lives (image #9 ), traveled to the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond to protest gun-control proposals pushed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other Democratic state legislators, on the state's annual Lobby Day, held January 20.

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | The gelada, sometimes called the bleeding-heart monkey or the gelada baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains—which is where I came across this magnificent chap. Geladas are actually not baboons but the only living members of the genus Theropithecus (a name derived from the Greek root words for "beast ape"). Like its close baboon relative, it is largely terrestrial, spending much of its time foraging in grasslands. To see more follow me @chancellordavid.

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride | Life in the Sand: The oryx, or gemsbok, is the national animal of Namibia—with about 373,000 in the country—where it glides across the arid, harsh dunes of the Namib desert. Known for its courage and grace, the oryx can manage high heat and wander miles on little food and water. For more desert creatures around the globe, follow @pedromcbride. #Namibia #wildlife #desert #petemcbride

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | This is Loki, a Syrian brown bear that was rescued from a local zoo and is currently sheltered at the New Hope Center @almawa.jordan in Amman, Jordan. The center, established in 2010 by the Princess Alia Foundation, provides emergency medical treatment, rehabilitation, and rehoming for animals. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Jordan #rescue #bear

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Video by @joelsartore I This common bay owl photographed @penangbirdpark is usually classified alongside barn owls. It is completely nocturnal, and can be found throughout Southeast Asia. As is the case with most nocturnal species, this bird is often heard before it is seen, making a variety of calls, including whistles, hoots, wails, and screams. To see a still shot of this species, follow me @joelsartore. #owl #bigeyes #nocturnal #PhotoArk #savetogether

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Photo by @nicholesobecki | Spent the day recently amid the mist and thunder of Victoria Falls while filming the first segment of “Extraordinary Earth: 20 in 2020” for @natgeo and @goodmorningamerica , during the countdown to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Like most photographers, I prefer being behind the camera, but it was a privilege to share this story on the impact of extreme weather on these majestic falls with ABC News* Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee, and talk about the changes that affect the falls—and the outsize role the United States and China have in that. Africa’s 54 nations are responsible for only four percent of the world’s carbon emissions. Follow @nicholesobecki to see the whole segment, and learn more about our world’s wonders—and how to save them. #zimbabwe #climate change #extraordinaryearth *National Geographic Partners and ABC News are both owned by The Walt Disney Company.

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Photo by @carltonward | After three years of obsessively trying, I finally got my camera traps in the Fakahatchee Strand to capture the first photographs of ghost orchids being pollinated, helping solve one of the great mysteries in the Everglades. Because of its size, the giant sphinx moth was long thought to be the sole pollinator of the ghost orchid, but this photo shows a pawpaw sphinx moth likely pollinating a ghost orchid (notice the yellow pollen cluster on its head). This is just one of six species my cameras captured as they probed and potentially pollinated ghost orchids. Fellow @insidenatgeo explorers Mac Stone and Peter Houlihan got similar results with a camera trap pointed at a ghost orchid 50 feet (15 meters) up in a cypress tree, and they developed a new hypothesis that the giant sphinx moth might be the original orchid thief—and not a ghost orchid pollinator after all. Check out Nat Geo's Instagram story today with links to an article and the film "Chasing Ghosts" about our team's quest and discoveries. Please follow @carltonward @macstonephoto and @peter_houlihan for more. #Florida #everglades #ChasingGhosts #orchid #pollination

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Photos by @elias.williams | Last year I photographed Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Alabama. Mardi Gras started here in 1703, with the city's first official celebration—15 years before New Orleans, Louisiana, was founded. As a person who had never before attended carnival, it was quite an experience. The roaring excitement is comparable to a championship winning play at a sports event, and the level of preparation might surpass fashion week. Here are some folks I encountered in a few pauses during parades and grand affairs leading up to Fat Tuesday. Timothy Moore, 51, poses for a portrait on Government Street before the Mystics of Time begin rolling out for their 71st year. Moore has been attending Mardi Gras since 1987, and particularly likes this group for their throws, energy, and dragon floats. He dresses up to feel like he's part of the festivities. Iris Steele, 47, is on Spring Hill Avenue in the Georgia Avenue neighborhood of Mobile. Steele enjoys Mardi Gras for the time spent with family. Mobile native Rosemary Henley, 64, after the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association's (MAMGA) Mammoth parade passed through North Washington Street. Members of the Mystic Stripers Society, founded in 1938, parade through downtown. Sarah Busby, 26, at the Grand Marshal's Ball in the Mobile Convention Center. Busby is a Mobile native who works as a publicist in Atlanta. She's attended the ball—the city's largest, attracting approximately 3,000 attendees—for the last three years. Olympic Brass Band member Herbert Nelson III, 68, before the start of the Mystics parade.

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Photo by @acacia.johnson | A black-browed albatross tends to its chick on West Point Island, in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). During breeding season, this remote island archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean becomes home to an extraordinary diversity of bird species, including hundreds of thousands of albatross–which otherwise spend their lives at sea in subantarctic waters. Follow me at @acacia.johnson for more stories from the world's wild places. #falklandislands #albatross #antarctic

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Photo by @tasneemalsultan | “People always have an opinion or something to say, but my parents never used it as a reason to stop their daughters from pursuing an education or a career. Of course, one day I will want to marry, but I’ve not met the man I want to live the rest of my life with....Until then I shall continue studying law." Ghada was born and raised in Hail, graduated from Qassim University, and is currently applying to study for a masters degree in England. She is a part of a handful of women who were able to leave Hail to follow their passions and complete their education. A year ago she also co-founded a business for horseback riding. Follow my ongoing project #andthentherewerewomen while I follow Saudi women across the kingdom. #SaudiArabia

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