One of only five white rhinos left in the world, mountain gorillas in the wild and threatened gray wolves are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world.
A northern white female rhino named Najin, one of only five sub-species left on the planet, rubs against a tree at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. Conservationists and scientists are working on a plan to save the species from extinction.
Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
A juvenile and a young gorilla of Nyakagezi group, at Mgahinga gorilla national park, the smallest in Uganda. The group frequently moves into the adjacent forests of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Uganda has about 400 gorillas. The country is one of only three in the world where mountain gorillas can be found in the wild.
Photograph: Edward Echwalu/Reuters
This picture issued by the Michigan Technological University shows the last three wolves known to live at Isle Royale national park in Lake Superior, Michigan, US. Some scientists are opposed to the idea of removing grey wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.
Photograph: Rolf Peterson/A
Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian
The view over Lord Howe Island from the cliffline of Mt Midgford. Image Credit: Courtesy Pinetrees Lodge.
The hike up Lord Howe Island’s Mt Gower is not for the faint hearted.
Widely regarded as one of Australia’s toughest but most spectacular day walks, its 875m summit can only be undertaken with a licensed guide (mostly due to the sensitive wildlife).
The return journey takes between eight and 10 hours through a lot of unmarked track, with some sections so steep that ropes have been fixed to help you climb up.
However, all the hard work will most certainly pay off when you reach the top, with stunning views of the island.
Some of the flora and fauna of Mt Gower cannot be seen anywhere else in the world; if you’re lucky, you might even see a Lord Howe Island woodhen, an endemic bird brought back from the brink of extinction in recent decades.
And an unusual wildlife experience awaits you at the top – the providence petrels almost fall from the sky to your very feet if you make lots of sound.
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