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June 15, 2016

Our photo blog, Wild View, launched in late April 2014 with a spectacular picture of hippos splashing in the Luangwa River in Zambia. Since then, we've published 362 posts.

In honor of Nature Photography Day today (yes, it's a thing), we're counting down the 10 most popular. Perhaps not surprisingly, cats dominate the list.

10. What is Going On?

This Southern elephant seal was: a) dead, b) hiding, c) sleeping, d) foraging.

Photo Credit: ©Maria Eugenia Zavattieri

9. Patagonia Pinnipeds

A dispatch from one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

8. Seeing Spots

Staff photographer Julie Larsen Maher played the role of camera trap to get a closer look at the stunning coat of the snow leopard.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

7. In the History of Zookeepers, Some Things Never Change

According to WCS's Institutional Archivist Madeleine Thompson, in 1901, the Bronx Zoo's first vet expressed the need for sympathetic and intelligent keepers.

Photo Credit: ©Wildlife Conservation Society

6. Family Pride

Camera traps in Russia provided the first photographic evidence of Amur tigers gathering in a familial group. Five images taken in succession show a father, his mate, and three cubs traipsing through the snow.

5. Solitary Male

A lone tiger was photographed by a camera trap in southern Primorskii Krai, Russia. It's one of only a few dozen of the animals found in this area.

Photo Credit: ©WCS Russia

4. Elephant Ingenuity

In two decades of studying elephants in the wild, WCS's Andrea Turkalo only saw an elephant use its trunk as a funnel once—when she took this picture, as a baby, Sapho IV, used it to catch water falling from its mother.

Photo Credit: ©Andrea K. Turkalo

3. Phantom Cat

Legendary field biologist George Schaller described an inspiring encounter with an elusive snow leopard in the Hindu Kush mountains of northern Pakistan.

Photo Credit: ©George Schaller

2. A Rare Bat Gets a Second Chance

In this dispatch from Zoo Miami, a veterinarian tells of an "encounter of a lifetime," with a happy conclusion to boot.

Photo Credit: ©Dustin Smith

1. Unfriendly Neighbors

The always compelling Jonathan Slaght on the frosty relationship between tigers and wolves in the Russian Far East.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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