R U N N E R S  F O R  W A L R U S E S

More than 1,500 walrus admirers ran and walked on behalf of their flippered friends during the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild at the New York Aquarium last Saturday.

Ladders, sneakers, and three photographers, including me, arrived before dawn to capture every step of the event.

Walruses are an example of a species forced to cope with the impacts of a changing climate and increased industrialization of the Arctic. Proceeds from the run will help WCS save walruses and further its mission of saving wildlife and wild places around the globe.

Congratulations to the finishers, especially those that showed the most creativity for the cause.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Source: Wildlife Conservation Society



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In the high Andes of Bolivia, glaciers are receding at a rapid pace. Farmers in the Apolobamba protected area are worried that a drier climate increases competition for resources among domestic animals, wildlife, and the people themselves.

The Wildlife Conservation Society works on the ground with communities that depend on natural resources to help them find mutually beneficial solutions to relieve the stress on fragile ecosystems.

While on this field assignment in Bolivia, I photographed the farmer with a 24-70 mm lens—a wide-angle zoom that captures both the foreground subject and the harsh landscape at 16,000′.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Source: WCS



I N  T I M E  F O R  T A Z O

Sea Otter Awareness Week seems a good time to get out Tazo, the northern sea otter’s, baby pictures. Tazo was orphaned from his mother during a storm at a very young age and found his new home at the New York Aquarium (NYA) via the Alaska Sea Life Center in 2010. Tazo was nursed back to health by surrogate keeper moms at NYA.

Part of my job is to photograph the births and lives of our wildlife. I took this photo of Tazo when he was a curious pup just a few months old. I hope that bringing out this adorable image from the archives will help the otter cause—one that has been clouded by climate change.

The New York Times made time for Tazo this week, too.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Sources: New York Aquarium, New York Times