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Biodiversity Hotspot Collection

A biodiversity hotspot is a magical realm where nature's wonders come alive

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Sinbad the male Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) curiously peering from the

Sinbad the male Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) curiously peering from the bushes during the day. Codfish Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand, January. Critically endangered

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms

Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Australasian crested grebe pair (Podiceps cristatus australis) in courtship display

Australasian crested grebe pair (Podiceps cristatus australis) in courtship display. Ashburton Lakes, Canterbury, New Zealand. August

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) diving beneath ocean surface. Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) diving beneath ocean surface. Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) courting pair, South coast, Santa Cruz Island

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) courting pair, South coast, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying colourful plant matter, reflected in water, Laguna del Lagarto

Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying colourful plant matter, reflected in water, Laguna del Lagarto, Santa Rita, Costa Rica

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter, Costa Rica

Leaf cutter ants (Atta sp) carrying plant matter, Costa Rica

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra porteri) feeding on grass, Santa Cruz Highlands

Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra porteri) feeding on grass, Santa Cruz Highlands, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: RF - Ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus mototi) swimming up from the sea floor

RF - Ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus mototi) swimming up from the sea floor. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) swimming underwater, Fernandina Island, Galapagos

Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) swimming underwater, Fernandina Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) flying directly over photographer

Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans orii) flying directly over photographer. Hokkaido, Japan. February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Red-footed booby (Sula sula) in flight with wings outstretched. Genovesa Island, Galapagos

Red-footed booby (Sula sula) in flight with wings outstretched. Genovesa Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Splendid leaf frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) La Selva Field Station, Costa Rica

Splendid leaf frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) La Selva Field Station, Costa Rica

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Stellers sea-eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) in flight, Hokkaido, Japan, February

Stellers sea-eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) in flight, Hokkaido, Japan, February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) sleeping at hot spring in Jigokudani, Yaenkoen

Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) sleeping at hot spring in Jigokudani, Yaenkoen, Nagano, Japan, February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) underwater, Bartholome Island, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) underwater, Bartholome Island, Galapagos Islands, East Pacific Ocean

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: RF - Keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) perched on mossy branch

RF - Keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) perched on mossy branch. Boca Tapada, Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Bamboo lemur (Hapalmur griseus) in tree. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

Bamboo lemur (Hapalmur griseus) in tree. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Japanese crane (Grus japonensis) displaying, wings in heart shape, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Japanese crane (Grus japonensis) displaying, wings in heart shape, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Kaleidoscopic image of Clarks anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), Ambon, Indonesia

Kaleidoscopic image of Clarks anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), Ambon, Indonesia

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: White-vented storm petrel (Oceanites gracilis galapagoensis) running across water

White-vented storm petrel (Oceanites gracilis galapagoensis) running across water, offshore Cape Berkeley, Isabela island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) landing, South coast, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) landing, South coast, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) in tree with pair of Nazca boobies (Sula granti

Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) in tree with pair of Nazca boobies (Sula granti) showing mating behaviour, Genovesa Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) in flight, Plazas Island, Galapagos

Red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) in flight, Plazas Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Male Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) climbing down tree trunk from forest canopy. Mid-altitude

Male Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) climbing down tree trunk from forest canopy. Mid-altitude rainforest, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, eastern Madagascar. Endangered

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) close up showing sensory facial feathers, Codfish Island

Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) close up showing sensory facial feathers, Codfish Island / Whenua Hou, Southland, New Zealand, February. Critically endangered

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) resting on top of the two halves of an old

Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) resting on top of the two halves of an old clam shell on the sandy seabed. These octopus regularly carry pieces of shell so they can use them as protective

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Grayling (Thymallus) migrating to spawning in the Temnik River, Lake Baikal, Baikalsky Reserve

Grayling (Thymallus) migrating to spawning in the Temnik River, Lake Baikal, Baikalsky Reserve, Siberia, Russia. May

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand

Orcas / killer whales (Orcinus orca) swimming in open water, Three Kings Islands, New Zealand. Pacific Ocean

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: RF - Mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) on walk about on coral reef. Puerto Galera

RF - Mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) on walk about on coral reef. Puerto Galera, Philippines

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Nudibranch (Phyllidia marindica), Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. December

Nudibranch (Phyllidia marindica), Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. December

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) female face portrait, Tanjung Puting reserve

Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) female face portrait, Tanjung Puting reserve, Camp Leakey, Central Kalimantan, Borneo

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) three coming into land, Hokkaido, Japan, February

Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) three coming into land, Hokkaido, Japan, February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) La Selva, Costa Rica

Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) La Selva, Costa Rica

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Japanese cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying in snow, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Japanese cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying in snow, Hokkiado, Japan, February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Stellers sea-eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) landing on pack ice, Hokkaido, Japan

Stellers sea-eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) landing on pack ice, Hokkaido, Japan, February

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids

Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids. Seraya Bay, north coast of Bali, Indonesia. Java Sea

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a

Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Ariel toucan (Ramphastos ariel) perched on branch, Atlantic Rainforest, Rio de Janeiro city

Ariel toucan (Ramphastos ariel) perched on branch, Atlantic Rainforest, Rio de Janeiro city, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Imbabura tree frog (Hypsiboas picturatus) portrait, Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Imbabura tree frog (Hypsiboas picturatus) portrait, Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis sp. ) (Possibly C. rhombicollis) Canande, Esmeraldas

Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis sp. ) (Possibly C. rhombicollis) Canande, Esmeraldas
Tropical shield mantis (Choeradodis sp.) (Possibly C. rhombicollis) Canande, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) close up whilst resting, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island

Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) close up whilst resting, Punta Suarez, Espanola Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) silhouettes at sunset, Punta Vicente Roca

Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) silhouettes at sunset, Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Swallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus) Plazas Island, Galapagos

Swallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus) Plazas Island, Galapagos

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: The forests of the Modi Khola river valley shrouded in fog. Annapurna Sanctuary, central Nepal

The forests of the Modi Khola river valley shrouded in fog. Annapurna Sanctuary, central Nepal, November 2011

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata) in hot springs, Jigokudani, Nagano Prefecture

Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata) in hot springs, Jigokudani, Nagano Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

Background imageBiodiversity Hotspot Collection: Darwins Orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale) species which is pollinated by a long-tongued moth

Darwins Orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale) species which is pollinated by a long-tongued moth, from Ambila, Madagascar. Photograph taken on location for BBC Wild Madagascar Series, August 2009



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A biodiversity hotspot is a magical realm where nature's wonders come alive. In the South coast of Santa Cruz Island, a courting pair of Blue-footed boobies captivate our hearts with their vibrant blue feet and intricate dance moves. Meanwhile, Sinbad the male Kakapo peeks curiously from his hiding spot, showcasing his unique charm and adorable curiosity. His feathers shimmer with shades of green as he explores the world around him. In Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, a Male Leach's sea star steals the spotlight as it engages in broadcast spawning. Streams of sperm gracefully flow from its arms, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle that celebrates life beneath the waves. Moving to Santa Cruz Highlands, we witness a majestic Santa Cruz Galapagos tortoise peacefully grazing on grass. Its ancient presence reminds us of the resilience and beauty found within these biodiverse hotspots. Costa Rica introduces us to leaf cutter ants tirelessly carrying plant matter through lush forests. Their industriousness symbolizes the interconnectedness and harmony present in these fragile ecosystems. Emerging from the depths of the sea floor is an Ocellate octopus swimming gracefully towards new adventures. Its mesmerizing colors and fluid movements remind us that there are countless mysteries waiting to be discovered below our oceans' surface. A male Fossa descends down a tree trunk in Madagascar's forest canopy. With agility unmatched by any other creature, it navigates its way through this biodiverse wonderland with grace and precision. The Galapagos penguin takes us underwater near Bartholome Island in search of food. Despite their small size, they thrive amidst powerful currents and prove that strength comes in all shapes and forms. Hokkaido welcomes three Red-crowned cranes soaring through its skies like elegant ballet dancers. Their synchronized flight showcases both their beauty and vulnerability as they navigate changing landscapes during migration season.