If you love Planet Earth II, you should follow these amazing Instagram accounts 5 years ago

If you love Planet Earth II, you should follow these amazing Instagram accounts

Unmissable television...

If we've learned anything from watching Planet Earth II on Sunday evenings, it's that snakes are evil little feckers and iguanas are the underdog we never knew we wanted to cheer for.


Before the show began, stunning clips of Planet Earth II emerged on BBC and in teaser clips across the internet. The BBC's stunning new documentary show travels to some of the most dangerous and volatile regions in the world to film some of the world's most exotic animals.

It provides us with a raw view of life in the wild as animals demonstrate their cunning and guile to do what's necessary to survive their often harsh environments.

There's no doubting the spectacular cinematography of the series. This week's episode was like watching a Mad Max movie but with the added undercurrent of swarming locusts.

It's impossible not to get captivated by the scenes emerging on screen. When the little iguana was in the death grip of the racer snakes in the first episode, it almost felt like he was a loveable family pet about to meet an untimely end. The helplessness of the situation burned in our chests as the serpents contorted and squeezed the lively lizard towards submission.


But, the little baby iguana wasn't done yet. He wasn't going to give up. He wasn't going to be anyone's dinner in his first few moments on earth.

His battle for survival struck a chord with many viewers and from that moment, people were hooked on the show.


Unfortunately, there's only one episode each week, and there's also only six episodes in this current season. So you're going to need to find a new way to supplement your thirst for wildlife imagery. But thankfully, these wonderful photographers and accounts on Instagram have got your back.

Following these will certainly brighten up your Instagram timeline...

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is a Canadian biologist and photographer who works for National Geographic.


National Geographic

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Cory Richards

A running trend in this piece is that many of the photographers work for National Geographic. Cory is no different.

Steve Winter

Steve is photojournalist and conservationist who captures some wonderful animals shots around the world.

Jonathan & Angie Scott aka The Big Cat People

This couple are conservationists who provide wildlife photography. As well as writing books, they also host safaris around the world, and provided the main image for this article.

Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges and are looking for scientific solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife that lives within it.

USFWS - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The USFWS is dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.

Christian Ziegler

Another photojournalist for National Geographic, Ziegler is a tropical biologist who captures wondrous scenes from around the world.