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Julio

My adventures from around the world and wildlife encounters. Creating awareness to save endangered species

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Let’s clean up this beach! -o- I am always fascinated by oasis of nature in the midsts of a major metropolis. I got a chance to spend time at one: Plumb Beach in Brooklyn, New York, which is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. This beach along with the other locations of the recreation area is a critical stop for birds migrating north. Unfortunately, garbage and debris winds up on its shores. “It’s unsightly, polluting, and prevents urban wildlife like migratory birds, diamondback terrapins, and horseshoe crabs from using the beaches for feeding and nesting.” Together with ~20 other volunteers, got down and dirty to rid the beach of all the unwanted materias. We found the expected (bottles of water, plastic bags, plastic straws, Heineken beer, styrofoam cups) and were shocked by the unexpected things we found including syringes, a tire, a jug of Mazola oil, a capsized buried boat, a condom, a diaper, a side table and an infinite number of cigarette butts! The number of bags of trash we collected by the end of the cleanup was appalling. I am glad to say that the beach looked like new by the time we left. Now, the wildlife and beach visitors can enjoy a beautiful corner of nature in the sprawling NYC metropolis. #audubonsociety #wildbirdfund #nature #wildlife #turtle #horseshoecrab #shorebirds #nationalparks #plumbbeach #nyc at Plumb Beach, Brooklyn

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It’s hard to see an animal’s subspecies disappear in front of our eyes but that is what we are faced with more and more often in today’s world. I did not have a chance to meet Sudan, the last male northern while rhino, but met DJ (on the video) a few weeks ago and it is sad to see such a majestic subspecies of the rhino family on the brink of completely disappearing with only two female northern white rhinos left. As stewards of Earth’s wildlife, we can and have to do better #rhinos #wildlife #morewildlife https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/last-male-northern-white-rhino-dies

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Taking a break from corporate life to dedicate the next few months to explore creating a startup around wildlife conservation. If you have been following my adventures, you might have not realized that I actually had a corporate job :). However, you would know that wildlife and their conservation is one of my passions and there are so many species that are vulnerable or endangered and at risk of extinction that the time has come for me to try to do more. After incubating some ideas in this space for the last couple of years, I am excited and eager to move them forward, apply new technologies and put my innovation skills to use for wildlife. I leave many talented colleagues and good friends behind, but thankful for a great professional experience which also built a foundation for what I need to do. The time had come to take this leap for something near and dear to my heart: the amazing wildlife of our planet ❤️. I hope to share this new journey with you. #justdoit #lifeofnoregrets #wildlife #innovation #startup #entrepreneurship at New York, New York

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It is probably no coincidence than at this special juncture of my life when I am about to start a new path, I find myself in the 50th country I have visited: Fiji. It is easy for travel to become a checklist, "what is next?". But at one point for me, it became: "this is an incredible planet", and then: "I need to do more to preserve it". As I look towards the future, with hopes and dreams ahead of me, I feel at peace and ready for what’s next #goodbyefiji #hellonewyork at Castaway Island Fiji

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Hiking to the top of Castaway island in Fiji. I was in much need of a hike and a talk with nature to clear my thoughts and cleanse my emotions. Glad a few interesting wildlife characters came by to meet me on the the way up. I felt renewed after it. #castawayisland #fiji at Castaway Island Fiji

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Hiking to the top of Castaway island in Fiji. I was in much need of a hike and a talk with nature to clear my thoughts and cleanse my emotions. Glad a few interesting wildlife characters came by to meet me on the the way up. I felt renewed after it. #castawayisland #fiji at Castaway Island Fiji

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Hiking to the top of Castaway island in Fiji. I was in much need of a hike and a talk with nature to clear my thoughts and cleanse my emotions. Glad a few interesting wildlife characters came by to meet me on the the way up. I felt renewed after it. #castawayisland #fiji at Castaway Island Fiji

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Yours truly + One Apostle. Special day with nature's incredible creation: Twelve Apostles #greatoceanroad #12apostles #natureswork #nature #portcampbell #nationalpark #melbourne #australia at The Twelve Apostles

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Inspired to create this 3-pic-art series: Twelve Apostles #greatoceanroad #12apostles #natureswork #art #nature #portcampbell #nationalpark #melbourne #australia at The Twelve Apostles

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Nature's incredible art work over millions of years: Twelve Apostles (view from the air). A day with nature and the great outdoors #greatoceanroad #12apostles #natureswork #art #nature #portcampbell #nationalpark #melbourne #australia at The Twelve Apostles

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Spider-Man 😬. Maits Rest Rain Forest. Beautiful forest of ferns and giant Myrtle Beech trees! A day with nature and the great outdoors #greatoceanroad #melbourne #australia #nature #onewithnature #wildlife #greatotway #nationalparks #spiderman at Great Otway National Park

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Maits Rest Rain Forest. Beautiful forest of ferns and giant Myrtle Beech trees! A day with nature and the great outdoors #koala #greatoceanroad #melbourne #australia #nature #onewithnature #wildlife at Maits Rest Rainforest Walk

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This guy was so active considering it was the middle of the day. Finally get to see koalas in the wild at Kennett River! A day with nature and the great outdoors #koala #greatoceanroad #melbourne #australia #nature #onewithnature #wildlife at Kennett River, Victoria

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Finally get to see koalas in the wild at Kennett River! A day with nature and the great outdoors #koala #greatoceanroad #melbourne #australia #nature #onewithnature #wildlife at Kennett River, Victoria

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A day with nature and the great outdoors #greatoceanroad #melbourne #australia #nature #onewithnature #wildlife at Great Ocean Rd Memorial Arch

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It was amazing to see the little penguins arrive around 9pm about twenty minutes after sunset. I was in an underground location with glass that is right by the path the penguins use so I could see them walk by as they arrived and walked uphill through the path to go to their burrows where a baby might be awaiting for them to feed. An unforgettable nature spectacle. The little blue penguin is the smallest species of penguins in the world at around 1ft/33cms. A large colony lives in Phillip Island and every night it puts up a show in what is called the Penguin Parade. You are not allowed to take pictures of the penguins so this picture is from the monitor in the underground location where I was. It shows the penguins arriving on the beach and gathering before going uphill. #phillipislandnatureparks #phillipislandnp #phillipisland #littlepenguins #littlebluepenguins #penguins at Phillip Island Penguin Parade

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Before and After Little blue penguins used to thrive in Phillip Island but with the increase of human population and the animal species brought along such as feral cats and foxes, the island's penguin population collapsed from 10 colonies to only one remaining colony in the span of 100 years. Conservation efforts have been in place to protect the remaining colony and the penguin population seems to have stabilized. The little blue penguin is the smallest species of penguins in the world at around 1ft/33cms. A large colony lives in Phillip Island and every night it puts up a show in what is called the Penguin Parade. *Graphics from visitor center #phillipislandnatureparks #phillipislandnp #phillipisland #littlepenguins #littlebluepenguins #penguins

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Decided to pay a visit to the little blue penguins in Phillip Island near Melbourne, Australia. This is the smallest species of penguins in the world at around 1ft/33cms. A very large colony lives in the island and every night put up a show in what is called the Penguin Parade. There is a huge facility that welcomes visitors and that hosts the Penguin Parade. #phillipislandnatureparks #phillipislandnp #phillipisland #littlepenguins #littlebluepenguins #penguins at Phillip Island Penguin Parade

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