Like many indigenous people in the Amazon, the Awa keep wild animals as pets and seem particularly fond of monkeys. Baby monkeys are usually acquired when their parent is shot for food. The monkeys are much loved and often spend much of the day sleeping on people's heads especially when they are young like this one. 1,964,229 likes
Our 18 Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2017
From the first view of the eclipse to the effects of climate change, see the photos you liked most on the @natgeo Instagram.
How do we curate the feed of raw nature, worldly wonder, and global adventure that 83.7 million people follow on the National Geographic Instagram account? We don't. All we do is share our password with a hundred of our favorite photographers and encourage them to post often (but not too often)—and somehow, it works.
Photography isn't best described in statistics and numbers, but we can say that 2017 was another year of growth. We gained more than 17 million new followers, logged 6.1 million comments, and totaled 1.4 billion likes. We continued to grow our issue-area accounts, including @NatGeoTravel and @NatGeoAdventure. We saw new photographers join our photo community, Your Shot. And we crowned new winners in