15 Endangered Animals You Should Know About

Endangered Animals Markhor

The markhor goat, with its impressive coiled horns, is the national animal of Pakistan and the inspiration for a marionette in Afghan puppet shows called buz-baz. There are fewer than 2,500 adult members of the species across Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Source: Flickr

At the first congress of UNESCO in 1948, multiple governments, international organizations and national nature conservation groups agreed to form the International Union for the Protection of Nature or IUCN, which would later shed light on the dangers of sprawl, over-fishing and deforestation. Though subsequent changes in human habits were not immediate, their work would prompt individuals and nations to take a long, hard look at environmental issues and their place in it. In recent years, increased lobbying and strategic PR campaigns have drawn even more attention to the conservationist cause.

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21 Fascinating Photographs Of Cordyceps And The Killer Fungus’ Insect Hosts

Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus that thrive in hot, humid climates like tropical forests. There are thousands of different types of cordyceps, and each targets a specific species of insect. Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body. When it’s finished growing, cordycep spores burst from the fungus and infect any insect of the same species unlucky enough to be nearby.

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Killer Fungus Cordyceps Ant

Source: Mushroaming

Cricket

Source: Jenn Sinasac

Killer Fungus Cordyceps

Source: FOS

Moth

Source: Jenn Sinasac

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth Pupa

Source: Mushroaming

Caterpillar

Source: Wildeep

Scale Insect

Source: Cordyceps

Caterpillar

Source: Kotaku

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth

Source: Bent Media

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Spider

Source: Miltonious

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Ant

Source: Youtube

Killer Fungus Cordyceps

Source: ZOL

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Tarantula

Source: Miltonious

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Worm

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Larva

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Cockroach

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Noctuida Pupa

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Stink Bug

Source: Mushroaming

Killer Fungus Cordyceps Moth

Source: Sino Bug

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While these killer fungi sound like they’re straight out of a horror movie, they do have an overall positive impact on their environment because they keep insect populations from growing out of control. Plus, they have no effect on humans, so don’t worry.

You’ll Love This British Underwater Photography Competition

The winning photographs from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) DIVER competition give viewers a unique perspective on some of their favorite sea creatures. From a quirky, curious grey seal to an incredible fireworks anemone (scientific name Pachycerianthus multiplicatus), this year’s photos will wow you. Here are the underwater photography competition’s top images from all four major categories.

Fireworks Sea Anemone

Source: The Guardian

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You’ll Be Blown Away By This Year’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year

Winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year

Source: AOL

Photo contests unearth some of the world’s most incredible images, whether the contest be hugely popular like the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, or more obscure like the International Drone Photography Awards. The winning images from this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year contest are no less impressive. Ranging from mountain sunrises, snowy settings to geometric urban shots, this landscape photography will make you fall in love with Mother Nature all over again.

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