A resident scarlet macaw, affectionately named Diablo, was photographed at Villa Carmen Biological Station, Pilcopata, Peru. Macaws mate for life, and while Diablo may not have found his true love yet, he could often be spotted around the research station with his companion, a blue and yellow macaw, Lorenzo.
An inquisitive juvenile squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis) momentarily pauses while traveling with its large family group of over 70 individuals through the forests of Manu Learning Centre, Peru.
A raven patiently allows tourists to photograph it while it perches near an overlook at Bryce Canyon National Park. Ravens are considered some of the world’s most intelligent birds and have shown an ability to count and problem solve.
An overnight snowfall blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
A velvety swamp snake (Erythrolamprus typhus) waits motionlessly in a small stream in the Amazon rainforest for small prey to pass by.
The sun sets over the Madre de Dios River in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
A macaque monkey rests on a rocky krast formation on Monkey Island, a popular stop for tourist groups visiting Halong Bay, Vietnam.
A tourist poses for a picture on the edge of the Grand Canyon on a blustery day in the fall 2017. The number of people who have died while taking selfies and other photos has sharply increased in the last several years.
A giant hummingbird (Patagona gigas) frequents a flowering hibiscus plant in the Sacred Valley of Peru. They are the world's largest species of hummingbird.
Yohamir Casanca Leon scans his copy of the "Birds of Peru" book to confirm species identification and ranges. Yohamir spent the 2019 Global Big Day counting birds in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, a remote savanna area on the border of Peru and Bolivia that boasts 28 endemic species.
A heavy drizzle of rain drives birder, Yohamir Cascana Leon, and his artist friend, Maisie McNeice back to the gallery forest where Yohamir continues to scan the forest for additional species. They spent on the 2019 Global Big Day in the Pampas de Heath, a remote savanna on the border of Bolivia and Peru searching for endemic species.
A small section of glacier ice can be seen on a peak in Área de Conservación Privada Mantanay near the Scared Valley of Peru. Farmers living in the region have noticed a significant loss of glacier ice over the last several decades.
Will Helenbrook, PhD, searches the rainforest at dusk for a family of night monkeys (Aotus nigriceps) he has previously located. Nocturnal night monkeys often return to the same bamboo stands, tangles of vines and lianas and tree cavities each morning to sleep during the day.
Silvery langurs (Trachypithecus cristatus) are folivores, or herbivores that specialize in eating leaves. They have a three chambered stomach to help them digest their leaf-based diet.
The mountains surrounding Vang Vieng, Loas can be seen through recently cleared scenic overlook. The overlook is part of a local community ecotourism project.
Two women interweave pieces of bamboo to create flooring for a viewing platform just outside of Vang Vieng, Loas. This platform is part of a local community ecotourism project where residents worked collectively to clear trails and create viewing platforms to attract visiting tourists to their mountain.
A Gray-breasted mountain toucan (Andigena hypoglauca) perches on a tree in the cloud forest of Wayqecha Biological Station, Peru. Wayqecha is a popular location for birders to visit because of its high biodiversity of birds species found only in the small sliver of elevation between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest.
Student researcher, Leigh Preston, gazes up at the canopy at Manu Learning Centre, Peru before beginning a nighttime survey for night monkeys with her classmates and professor, Will Helenbrook.
Endangered Peruvian spider monkeys (Ateles chamek) are often the first species to be extricated from degraded rainforests in the Peruvian Amazon. In many areas they are thought to be locally critically endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.
Two coy Mealy parrots (Amazona farinosa) sit perched on a log at the indigenous community of Huacaria. Admired for their beauty and companionship, many young parrots are taken from their nests as babies and kept for pets in the Amazon.
A white-tailed deer grazes at dawn in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia.
Victoria, wildlife caretaker at Dos Loritios Animal Rescue in Pilcopata, Peru, plays with a baby crab-eating raccoon, her favorite animal at the rehabilitation center.
A collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) scratches an itch at Dos Loritos Animal Shelter in Pilcopata, Peru. Injured and abandoned wildlife as well as former pets are brought to Dos Loritos to be rehabilitated and if possible released back into the rainforest. One of the most distinctive traits about peccaries is their strong odor. They have scent glands on their backs and below their eyes and release a musk to mark territory and their herd.
Just two hours north of Bangkok, Thailand, Khao Yai National Park hosts an abundance of wildlife in its five distinct forest types, including gibbons, hornbills, bears, clouded leopards and even some of the country's remaining wild elephants.
Night monkey researcher, Will Helenbrook, spends time with an orphan night monkey, Salterino, at Dos Loritos Animal Shelter, Pilcopata, Peru. After studying night monkeys from a respectful distance for several years, Will enjoyed being able to observe one up-close.
Conservation non-profit, Amazon Conservation Association, helped the indigenous community of Huacaria develop an aquaculture project in the Peruvian Amazon to provide income and a sustainable protein source.
Individuals from Huacaria use nets to catch Paco (a fish related to pirañas), which will be prepared for the visiting tourists' lunch. Raising fish has provided a valuable source of income and sustainable protein for the indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon.
Members of the indigenous community of Huacaria haul in the fish to be served to visiting American tourists for lunch.
Adrian Tejedor, PhD, holds up a bat for his Tropical Ecology students to examine that they catch while mist netting at Villa Carmen Biological Station, Peru.
Mama Z poses, a member of the Black Hmong ethnic minority poses for a portrait in front of rice fields in Sa Pa, Vietnam. Mama Z and her husband regularly host international tourists at their home. The additional income supplements their sustenance farming.
Members of the Black Hmong ethnic minority lead tourists along a ridge of mountains above Sa Pa, Vietnam.