With pictures ranging from now to as early as 1906, National Geographic has a compilation of photographs specific to the subject of “wildlife” in all its forms. These photographs showcase either a first capture of a species, monumental discoveries, researchers, and those all-too-beautiful scenes of pristine nature and its inhabitants.

Many photographs are taken by vigilant photographers, some of whom double as wildlife researchers and biologists. Some were taken by “camera-traps” or “trip-wire photography”, a technique pioneered by George Shiras that has evolved over time. It’s essentially a snapshot triggered by infrared sensors that detect when an animal passes by in front of the lens. It allows for the photographer to keep a safe distance and also allows for the photographic capture of elusive animals.

View the full collection of Milestones in Wildlife Photography by clicking here.

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