National Geographic just reached one billion likes on Instagram -- here are its most spectacular photos

Natgeo instagramNational Geographic/Ami VitaleAmi Vitale (@amivitale) shot this photo in East Africa. It shows Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ranger Kamara with a rhinoceros.

As print magazines transition to digital, one legacy publication has had no problem amassing a large social following from millennials: National Geographic.

With 17 million followers, the magazine’s Instagram account is one of the most beloved on the platform — in fact, @natgeo is the top non-celebrity account. 

The account is celebrating a recent milestone, having just surpassed 1 billion likes after posting almost 7,000 photos. They have also launched two new accounts: @natgeoyourshot, where the curate the best reader-submitted photos, and @natgeoadventure, where they spotlight photographers and adventurers.

The @natgeo account is also incredibly diverse and young — 70 per cent of followers come from outside the United States and 75 per cent are millennials, according to National Geographic.

 


Steve Winter shot this photo of a tiger, the planet’s largest big cat.

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This photo of a gray seal in the Gulf of Maine has garnered 542,000 likes so far.

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This leatherback sea turtle just hatched before the photo was taken in Trinidad.

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This harp seal pup is hiding under a block of ice for shelter from the wind in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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Two mountains erupt simultaneously in Indonesia.

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With 534,000 likes and counting, this must be the most popular lion cub on Instagram.

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These elephants on the Maasai Mara plains are experiencing the first rainfall in a long time.

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This endangered tiger is one of 500 of its species left in the world.

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This baby chimp’s photo was posted in honor of Jane Goodall’s birthday.

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This polar bear’s reflection is visible in the sheet of ice above him.

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Panda photos are among the most popular on @natgeo. This one has 696,000 likes so far.

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This panda mother and her cub live in the Bifengxia Panda Base in Ya’an City, China.

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This slow loris is named Captain Hook because he only has one hand.

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This clouded leopard is only nine weeks old.

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These four pandas also live on a base in China.

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This curious arctic fox lives at the Great Bend Zoo in Kansas.

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These pandas weighed a few ounces at birth, but will reach 88 pounds by the time they’re six months old.

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This bamboo forest is located in Japan.

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Believe it or not, this panda’s still a baby.

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There are 3200 tigers left in the wild, according to the caption accompanying this photo.

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Photographer Andy Bardon captured this photo of a shooting star over the Tien Shan mountains in Kazakhstan.

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This family of lion cubs has 571,000 likes.

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This brown-throated sloth lives in Panama.

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This is one of the few @natgeo photos that was taken in New York City.

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Reader Orsolya Haarberg saw this fox outside her window in Norway and quickly grabbed her camera.

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Huskies take a break from pulling a sled in Greenland.

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These pandas live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Imagine seeing this outside your window.

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The Northern Lights always make for a good photo. This one was taken in Canada.

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These horses live on a ranch in Montana and get to run 30 miles twice a year when moving from their winter pasture to their summer pasture.

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