(WILDLIFE/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) RUSSIA — Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova has embarked on a mission to bring fantasy to life. Her photo collection is a surrealist treasure, and recently went viral thanks to the wide assortment of unique animal centerpieces. Plotnikova controversially uses real wild animals as companions to her young female models, contrasting the two species’ worlds and juxtaposing fantasy with reality. Although her creations are highly fabricated and use trained wildlife, the photos are quite stunning and seem to celebrate animals in their natural environment. Nevertheless, Plotnikova’s project poses the following questions: Do these photos showcase the natural beauty and essence of various species and their environments? Do the photos bring about an appreciation for the animals, or are they simply being exploited? View Plotnikova’s pictures in the following gallery and share your thoughts in the comments section. — Global Animal
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(WILDLIFE PICTURES/FUN ANIMAL FACTS) The tiny creatures of the world can sometimes be fascinating, and sometimes they can be downright adorable. Pictured below you’ll find 24 of the world’s tiniest animals. Which one do you find cutest?
(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILD ANIMAL PICTURES) In 1971, National Geographic’s Dr. George B. Schaller captured the first-ever picture of a snow leopard in the wild. Snow leopards are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and are one of the most highly elusive species in the world. They are rarely ever seen in nature due to their tendency to hide from other animals. In an effort to preserve the species, scientists are working to gain a better understanding of the animal. Recently, a team of scientists working with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences set out to capture snow leopards in their natural habitat with a camera trap. Read the full article below for more information concerning their work and see the rare pictures for yourself. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE) National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has recently undergone a project aimed at photographing some of the world’s most rare animals. The stunning pictures represent Sartore’s goal to show audiences what they’re on the verge of losing. He prefers to take portraits of his animal subjects because it allows for both the biggest and smallest animals to receive equal weight. “Some of the frogs I’ve photographed are the size of a thumbnail, and this is a way for me to put them on equal footing with bigger animals like lions,” according to Sartore. The animals featured below are only 10 of the 2,300 species considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). — Global Animal
(ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMAL FAMILIES) We often hear stories of people adopting abandoned baby animals, but how often do you hear of a tiger who adopted piglets, or a gorilla who adopted a kitten? This beautiful photo gallery showcases the special relationship between inter-species families. From MSNBC’s Today, meet furry, four-legged moms who adopted, nursed and nurtured animals of completely different species. — Global Animal
(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) We all need somebody to lean on, and that includes our fellow animal friends. From big to small, tame to wild, animals of all shapes and sizes can’t turn down an honest-to-goodness hug. Check out these photos capturing some adorable embraces. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL PICTURES) Global Animal has compiled pictures of the most influential and inspiring animals of 2013. From the notorious sour mug of Grumpy Cat to the focus on Tilikum the killer whale in Blackfish, these animals have touched the hearts of animal lovers around the world in this past year. Take a look at these influential animals in the photo gallery below. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL MASCOTS/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) The University of Southern California (USC) college football team fell to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on their home turf this Saturday. While back-to-back upsets by UCLA was the last thing to be expected, the real shock came at the tail-end of every USC scoring drive. USC is recognized by their Troy-themed traditions, the trademark of which is their mascot, a rare pure white Andalusian horse named Traveler. The original Traveler first made his appearance in USC’s 1961 home opener versus Georgia Tech. Ever since, whenever USC scores, the band plays “Conquest” and Traveler gallops around the Los Angeles Coliseum. — Global Animal