World Selfie Day: Animals show off their best angles on webcams at conservation sites

From elephants and zebras to deer and baboons, these creatures are certainly not camera shy

There is, it seems, a day for everything – and today, it's for celebrating all things selfie.

Sunday, June 21 marks World Selfie Day, an occasion that has championed the modern self-portrait since 2014.

While anyone with a camera or a smartphone is encouraged to get creative and take original, engaging snapshots, the day is not just limited to human models.

To mark the occasion, the Zoological Society of London has released a series of animal 'selfies' taken by webcams set up at a number of conservation sites across the world.

The international conservation charity took the images for its Instant Wild app, an initiative that photographs animals from partner conservation sites around the world. The images are then uploaded for app users to help identify, with information sent back to the teams at the sites.

“These are just a few of the amazing pictures of animals in the wild that people at home have been identifying through the Instant Wild app – supporting vital conservation work across the globe," said ZSL’s monitoring and technology manager Anthony Dancer.

“During lockdown we saw an incredible surge in visitors to the app – a 200 per cent increase in fact – with people keen to keep busy and help wildlife."

The images, taken from two conservation sites in Kenya and one in Italy, show everything from baby elephants and a young baboon to a curious deer who gets up close and personal with the camera's lens.

Scroll through the gallery above to see all the images from the ZSL Instant Wild app.

Updated: June 21, 2020 01:43 PM

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