These 11 Stunning Images Perfectly Honor World Animal Day

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Oct 5, 2016
A red fox peeks over the sidewalk in Bristol, England. (Sam Hobson/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

A red fox peeks over the sidewalk in Bristol, England. (Sam Hobson/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

In honor of World Animal Day, we thought we’d share some of the most incredible animal photos of 2016 with you. You can catch the entire Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London from October 21, 2016 until December 14, 2016, but in the meantime, these breathtaking images are the perfect way to honor some of the most stunning creatures on our planet.

1. TOUGH TIMES FOR ORANGUTANS BY TIM LAMAN

This striking shot of a Bornean orangutan climbing a tree in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, was one of the World Press Photo winners. (Tim Laman/TIME)

This striking shot of a Bornean orangutan climbing a tree in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, was one of the World Press Photo winners. (Tim Laman/TIME)

2. SWARMING UNDER THE STARS BY IMRE POTYO

Imre Potyó titled his winning photo of mayflies swarming the River Rába in Hungary Swarming Under The Stars. (Imre Potyó/World Photography Organisation)

Imre Potyó titled his winning photo of mayflies swarming the River Rába in Hungary Swarming Under The Stars. (Imre Potyó/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

3. SUNRISE PERFORMANCE BY TIM LAMAN

This beautiful image of a bird of paradise was achieved by camouflaging the camera in the trees of Indonesia. (Tim Laman)

This beautiful image of a bird of paradise was achieved by camouflaging the camera in the trees of Indonesia. (Tim Laman/TIME)

4. NOISY NEIGHBOR BY SAM HOBSON

Sam Hobson got up close and personal with a red fox, in Bristol, England. (Sam Hobson)

Sam Hobson got up close and personal with a red fox, in Bristol, England. (Sam Hobson/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)


5. CHAMELEON UNDER PRESSURE BY CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER

Madagascar holds more than half of the world's chameleon species, such as these two male Panther chameleons. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)

Madagascar holds more than half of the world's chameleon species, such as these two male Panther chameleons. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)

6. WHALE WHISPERERS BY ANUAR PATJANE FLORIUK

This shot of a humpback whale and her calf was captured as they swim in the Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands. (Anuar Patjane Floriuk)

This shot of a humpback whale and her calf was captured as they swim in the Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands. (Anuar Patjane Floriuk/TIME)

7. CRYSTAL PRECISION BY MARIO CEA

Mario Cea shot this bat getting ready to hunt for dinner in Salamanca, Spain. (Mario Cea)

Mario Cea shot this bat getting ready to hunt for dinner in Salamanca, Spain. (Mario Cea/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

8. THE DISAPPEARING FISH BY IAGO LEONARDO

The lookdown fish is a natural at blending in with their surroundings. While it may take a second to see these translucent creatures. (Iago Leonardo/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

9. CHAMELEON UNDER PRESSURE BY CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER

In Madagascar, a female Furcifer Ambrensis hunts for food with her tongue. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)

In Madagascar, a female Furcifer Ambrensis hunts for food with her tongue. (Christian Ziegler for National Geographic)

10. SPLITTING THE CATCH BY AUDUN RIKARDSEN

Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen documented the relationship between killer whales and fishing boats. In this shot, the whales swim to the boats and dine on herring that have escaped the net. (Audun Rikardsen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

11. GOLDEN RELIC BY DHYEY SHAH

Fewer than 2,500 mature golden langur adults are left in the wild, but, on the small man-made island of Umananda, in India's Brahmaputra River, you are guaranteed to see one. (Dhyey Shah/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

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