John Damascene Hategekimana, or “Fundi,” prepares to go into the field on Sept. 7, 2015 at the tracker station near Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Fundi will celebrate 25 years of working with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in December 2017. He started working for the organization as a cook in 1993 and is now a head gorilla tracker and an indispensable asset during stressful veterinary interventions, snare removals and group interactions.
In mid-November 2018, the mountain gorilla was upgraded from critically endangered to endangered. While the population is still very small, estimated at just about 1,000 individuals spread across three countries, it’s a major conservation success due to major conservation efforts.
U.S. Representative and Colorado gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis toured bgood dispensary in Northglenn on April 20, 2018. Polis, who has proposed an act that would regulate marijuana like alcohol on a federal level, is an outspoken proponent of legalized marijuana in this state. "I hope we can get Jeff Sessions out here to see it," Polis says. "4/20 used to be a protest day, and now it's a celebration in our state."
Aspen leaves turned early during fall 2018, in large part because of Colorado’s drought. That lead lots of people to leaf-gaping spots across the state, like Maroon Bells, earlier than usual. On September 22, Crater Lake, the destination of a main hike in the area, was entirely dry. The town of Aspen was also under a stage 2 mandatory water restriction (which had never happened before) since August. According to figures from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 80 percent of the state was abnormally dry, compared to 2017’s 35.
The skin of an orphaned elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nariobi. The organization rehabilitates orphaned elephants before reintroducing them to the wild at Tsavo National Park. Keepers sleep in the nursery with baby orphans to ensure there is care available 24 hours per day.
Elsa Scherer holds her favorite chicken, Tiger, after checking for eggs for breakfast Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at the Scherer house in Columbia, Mo.
A new park popped up in downtown Denver on June 14, 2017 with city officials and neighbors on hand to celebrate. Through August 15, The Square on 21st — a block-long strip of 21st Street between Lawrence and Larimer — will remain a park-like public space with seating, lawn games, an area for off-leash dogs, a performance stage, beverage vendors, a bike trail and a street mural by local artists Pat Milbery, Jason Graves, Pat McKiney and Remington Robinson
Frank Kwiatkowski is a wheat-paste artist in Denver who uses traffic cones in his printmaking process and advocates for Type 1 diabetes in his art. “I would consider the diabetics a different species... . I’ll make that claim. We wouldn’t be here if insulin hadn’t been unleashed. We would have happily died. I mean, I didn’t want to be stuck on insulin for 36 years and then have a ransom put on it to make matters even worse,” Kwiatkowski says.
Behind the one-way windows of a squat warehouse in west Denver is the domain of two professional dominatrixes. Mile High Dungeon is one of the premier dungeons in the United States, replete with five different themed rooms. The Black and Blue Room has blue walls, a table, multiple whips and mirrors. The whole facility has an estimated forty mirrors.
Audience members reach up to touch the surface separating them and a Fuerza Bruta on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires. The visual show included aerial dancing and a transparent sheet that lowered from the ceiling to the audience.
Primary three students rush out of the classroom during a conservation lesson screaming, “I see!” on Sept. 8, 2015 in the Bisate village. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International provides conservation education courses to primary schools located near Volcanoes National Park to educate students about mountain gorillas and other animals found in the park.
A woman stops on Madison Ave. during Winter Storm Jonas on Saturday Jan. 23, 2016 in New York. The storm dumped up to 30.5 inches in parts of the city, breaking records dating back to 1869.
Patrick McGirr works at his shop on January 30, 2018 in Littleton, Colo. McGirr work ranges from street art murals, volunteering at local hospitals to paint on children's lap pillows, to custom gun painting.