Ami Vitale

@amivitale

Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. Learn more about warriors saving elephants in my National Geographic story:

https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Images and videos by Ami Vitale

Photo by @amivitale. I'm in awe of this landscape and the amazing people working to protect it. 🙏

#tanzania #africa @singita_ @wd4c @natgeo @honeyguide_tz @nikonusa

Photo by @amivitale. I'm in awe of this landscape and the amazing people working to protect it. 🙏

#tanzania #africa @singita_ @wd4c @natgeo @honeyguide_tz @nikonusa

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Video by @amivitale. Happy World Rhino Day from Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)! Baby black rhino Loijipu was abandoned when he was only day old. Now 6 months old, expert wildlife keeper Mary and her colleagues will feed and care for him until he is old enough to be released back into the wild. You can help the animals being saved here in Northern Kenya by supporting Reteti and other organizations working directly with the local communities. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#WorldRhinoDay @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Happy World Rhino Day from Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)! Baby black rhino Loijipu was abandoned when he was only day old. Now 6 months old, expert wildlife keeper Mary and her colleagues will feed and care for him until he is old enough to be released back into the wild. You can help the animals being saved here in Northern Kenya by supporting Reteti and other organizations working directly with the local communities.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#WorldRhinoDay @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. The rescued elephant herd on the move near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Every day at Reteti, all 9 of the orphaned elephants being cared for head out into the wild at 6 a.m. and don't return until 6 p.m. This time in nature helps them become accustomed to what being in the wild means, and introduces the potential to meet the other animals who live there. This helps prepare the elephants for a better transition when they are ready to return to their natural habitat.

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. The rescued elephant herd on the move near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Every day at Reteti, all 9 of the orphaned elephants being cared for head out into the wild at 6 a.m. and don't return until 6 p.m. This time in nature helps them become accustomed to what being in the wild means, and introduces the potential to meet the other animals who live there. This helps prepare the elephants for a better transition when they are ready to return to their natural habitat.

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Wildlife keeper Mary leads young elephants Shaba, Bawa and Pokot on their daily wilderness walk in the area around Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Shaba has become the leader of the little herd of rescued elephants being cared for at Reteti. They were all orphaned by environmental causes or poaching, but these wilderness walks help the elephants learn natural behaviors so they can eventually be released into the wild. After his rescue, when Bawa was finally strong enough to start going out on walks, Shaba would never leave Bawa and Bawa would never leave Shaba.

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Wildlife keeper Mary leads young elephants Shaba, Bawa and Pokot on their daily wilderness walk in the area around Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Shaba has become the leader of the little herd of rescued elephants being cared for at Reteti. They were all orphaned by environmental causes or poaching, but these wilderness walks help the elephants learn natural behaviors so they can eventually be released into the wild. After his rescue, when Bawa was finally strong enough to start going out on walks, Shaba would never leave Bawa and Bawa would never leave Shaba.

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Elephant Sosian watches as rescued baby Kinya is brought into Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) as a new rescue back in February. The elephants at Reteti always show a great deal of interest when new rescues arrive. Often, they play an important part in helping new arrivals adjust and feel comfortable. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Elephant Sosian watches as rescued baby Kinya is brought into Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) as a new rescue back in February. The elephants at Reteti always show a great deal of interest when new rescues arrive. Often, they play an important part in helping new arrivals adjust and feel comfortable.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Mpala passes through low vegetation during her daily nature walk at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Mpala came to the sanctuary on June 21 from a ranch in Laikipia. She was orphaned due to the ongoing  drought. Today, she is thriving at Reteti under the excellent care of the wildlife keepers. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Mpala passes through low vegetation during her daily nature walk at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Mpala came to the sanctuary on June 21 from a ranch in Laikipia. She was orphaned due to the ongoing drought. Today, she is thriving at Reteti under the excellent care of the wildlife keepers.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of my image of Budapest’s Szechenyi Baths during @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. Click on the link in my profile to see the full collection of globetrotting prints available for $100.

Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of my image of Budapest’s Szechenyi Baths during @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. Click on the link in my profile to see the full collection of globetrotting prints available for $100.

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My colleagues and I are proud to be included in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible signed prints. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images on sale for $100 from @johnstanmeyer @thomaspeschak @williamalbertallard Chris Johns and more. Sale ends Sept. 16th!

My colleagues and I are proud to be included in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible signed prints. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images on sale for $100 from @johnstanmeyer @thomaspeschak @williamalbertallard Chris Johns and more. Sale ends Sept. 16th!

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Don’t miss out on @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of signed prints for only $100. These stunning travel-inspired images from @paulnicklen @yamashitaphoto @salvarezphoto @timlaman and more. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection, running until Sept. 16th.

Don’t miss out on @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of signed prints for only $100. These stunning travel-inspired images from @paulnicklen @yamashitaphoto @salvarezphoto @timlaman and more. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection, running until Sept. 16th.

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I’m proud to be part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale that highlights travel locations around the globe from photographers like @brianskerry @gerdludwig @jimrichardsonng @jodicobbphoto @michaelnicknichols and more. Click on the link in my profile to purchase a print for $100. Sale ends Sept. 16th.

I’m proud to be part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale that highlights travel locations around the globe from photographers like @brianskerry @gerdludwig @jimrichardsonng @jodicobbphoto @michaelnicknichols and more. Click on the link in my profile to purchase a print for $100. Sale ends Sept. 16th.

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Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of these images from @babaktafreshi @amytoensing @dguttenfelder @ladzinski Jim Stanfield and more. I’m excited to be part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale featuring travel-inspired images, running until Sept. 16th. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints.

Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of these images from @babaktafreshi @amytoensing @dguttenfelder @ladzinski Jim Stanfield and more. I’m excited to be part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale featuring travel-inspired images, running until Sept. 16th. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints.

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Signed prints of bucket list travel destinations from @natgeocreative photographers like @anniegriffithsphotography @argonautphoto @daviddoubilet @cookjenshel @stevewinterphoto and more are on sale now. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images. Sale ends on September 16th.

Signed prints of bucket list travel destinations from @natgeocreative photographers like @anniegriffithsphotography @argonautphoto @daviddoubilet @cookjenshel @stevewinterphoto and more are on sale now. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images. Sale ends on September 16th.

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Photo by my friend Joe. Shaba tries to borrow my hat at Reteti elephant sanctuary in N. Kenya.  My heart is happy here where I get to share these incredible stories that show us what we can achieve and the very best of humanity. When we truly understand each others stories, we are transformed, and no matter where you go, the joy of human emotions remains the same. 
@r.e.s.c.u.e @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #  #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale #giraffe #kenya #elephants #whyilovekenya #Wildlife #endangered

Photo by my friend Joe. Shaba tries to borrow my hat at Reteti elephant sanctuary in N. Kenya. My heart is happy here where I get to share these incredible stories that show us what we can achieve and the very best of humanity. When we truly understand each others stories, we are transformed, and no matter where you go, the joy of human emotions remains the same.
@r.e.s.c.u.e @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #  #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale #giraffe #kenya #elephants #whyilovekenya #Wildlife #endangered

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At Sarara Camp

My image of Budapest’s Szechenyi Baths is among the travel-inspired signed prints available for $100 from Sept. 9th - Sept. 16th. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. 
@thephotosociety @natgeo #travel #budapest #amivitale

My image of Budapest’s Szechenyi Baths is among the travel-inspired signed prints available for $100 from Sept. 9th - Sept. 16th. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale.
@thephotosociety @natgeo #travel #budapest #amivitale

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Photo by @ivan.Carter  It was a privilege to witness up close this epic move of nineteen giraffe across the Nile River inside Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park in August. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) organized the move with support from  Namibia-based Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and local partners Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) and Makerere University, as well as an array of international zoo partners, funded by the Metzler Foundation. The rare giraffes were moved from the section of the park north of the river, where they are under growing threat from oil drilling and poaching, to its more removed southern sector. 
Murchison Falls is the last remaining stronghold for one of the most endangered of the nine giraffe subspecies, the Rothschild’s giraffe.  The goal of Operation Twiga’s artificial migration is to create a giraffe insurance policy by taking advantage of one fact: Giraffes don’t swim. Once south of the river, the transplants would stay there. 
During the past 15 years, the African herbivore’s numbers have plummeted from an estimated 155,000 to around 97,000 today—what some scientists call a “silent extinction.” @giraffe_conservation @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #  #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale #giraffe #Uganda #Wildlife #endangered

Photo by @ivan.Carter It was a privilege to witness up close this epic move of nineteen giraffe across the Nile River inside Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park in August. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) organized the move with support from  Namibia-based Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and local partners Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) and Makerere University, as well as an array of international zoo partners, funded by the Metzler Foundation. The rare giraffes were moved from the section of the park north of the river, where they are under growing threat from oil drilling and poaching, to its more removed southern sector.
Murchison Falls is the last remaining stronghold for one of the most endangered of the nine giraffe subspecies, the Rothschild’s giraffe.  The goal of Operation Twiga’s artificial migration is to create a giraffe insurance policy by taking advantage of one fact: Giraffes don’t swim. Once south of the river, the transplants would stay there.
During the past 15 years, the African herbivore’s numbers have plummeted from an estimated 155,000 to around 97,000 today—what some scientists call a “silent extinction.” @giraffe_conservation @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #  #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale #giraffe #Uganda #Wildlife #endangered

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At Murchison Falls National Park

Sending love out to everyone facing this monster storm Irma. We are all thinking about you including Fupi @sararacamp @giraffe_conservation

Sending love out to everyone facing this monster storm Irma. We are all thinking about you including Fupi @sararacamp @giraffe_conservation

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At Sarara Camp

Congratulations to this incredible woman, Katie Rowe, one of the final six finalists for the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award. The goal with this prize is to create new opportunities and empower young people on the verge of making lasting change in the field of environmental sustainability. Learn more about the award: http://bit.ly/2gmoEco

You can read more about Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in this month's issue of National Geographic! https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

@sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Congratulations to this incredible woman, Katie Rowe, one of the final six finalists for the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award. The goal with this prize is to create new opportunities and empower young people on the verge of making lasting change in the field of environmental sustainability. Learn more about the award: http://bit.ly/2gmoEco

You can read more about Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in this month's issue of National Geographic! https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

@sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) keepers guard the two-week-old Kinya in hopes she will be reunited with her herd. She was found trapped in a well hand-dug by Samburu warriors, who sent word to Reteti. The wildlife keepers waited more than a day to see if Kinya's family herd would return, then decided to bring her back to the sanctuary for safekeeping. Read more in this month's issue of National Geographic! https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) keepers guard the two-week-old Kinya in hopes she will be reunited with her herd. She was found trapped in a well hand-dug by Samburu warriors, who sent word to Reteti. The wildlife keepers waited more than a day to see if Kinya's family herd would return, then decided to bring her back to the sanctuary for safekeeping. Read more in this month's issue of National Geographic! https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Young elephant Bawa is getting some love from Shaba at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Bawa has gotten beneath Shaba and is looking for affection. Shaba is acting like a mother, letting him nestle so close beneath her head. She is the leader of the packed of orphaned elephants being cared for at Reteti. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Young elephant Bawa is getting some love from Shaba at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Bawa has gotten beneath Shaba and is looking for affection. Shaba is acting like a mother, letting him nestle so close beneath her head. She is the leader of the packed of orphaned elephants being cared for at Reteti.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Mealtime is a group effort at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. In the wild, weaning usually occurs when elephants are five to 10 years old. At Reteti, half-gallon-size bottles of special formula are given every three hours around the clock in a messy, slurpy exchange. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Mealtime is a group effort at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. In the wild, weaning usually occurs when elephants are five to 10 years old. At Reteti, half-gallon-size bottles of special formula are given every three hours around the clock in a messy, slurpy exchange.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I am honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Rose Lelukumani is one of the first female wildlife rangers within the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya (@nrt_kenya). It takes guts, a passion for the environment, and nerves of steel to protect these endangered animals and the people living side by side with them. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I am honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Rose Lelukumani is one of the first female wildlife rangers within the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya (@nrt_kenya). It takes guts, a passion for the environment, and nerves of steel to protect these endangered animals and the people living side by side with them. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

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Photo by @amivitale. Elephants roam near Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). Lewa is a catalyst and model for community conservation in which wildlife are protected from poaching as their habitats are preserved and expanded to allow them to move freely. At any one time, the Lewa-Borana landscape provides a safe home to approximately 400-600 of northern Kenya's migratory elephants. Lewa and other community conservation organizations are helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. 
@nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #DontLetThemDisappear #elephant #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Elephants roam near Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). Lewa is a catalyst and model for community conservation in which wildlife are protected from poaching as their habitats are preserved and expanded to allow them to move freely. At any one time, the Lewa-Borana landscape provides a safe home to approximately 400-600 of northern Kenya's migratory elephants. Lewa and other community conservation organizations are helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care.
@nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #DontLetThemDisappear #elephant #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Female elephant Shaba leads the herd of orphaned elephants living at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Part of the Namunyak Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Reteti is the first-ever community-owned and -run elephant orphanage in Africa. Rehabilitating these elephants so close to where they were found helps improve the chances of them being able to reconnect with their family herds once they are ready to leave the care of the attentive wildlife keepers. You can learn more about Reteti in this month's National Geographic. 
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Female elephant Shaba leads the herd of orphaned elephants living at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Part of the Namunyak Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Reteti is the first-ever community-owned and -run elephant orphanage in Africa. Rehabilitating these elephants so close to where they were found helps improve the chances of them being able to reconnect with their family herds once they are ready to leave the care of the attentive wildlife keepers. You can learn more about Reteti in this month's National Geographic.
Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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This World Humanitarian Day, I demand that world leaders take action to protect children in conflict. Children are #NotATarget. Join me & sign the petition: www.worldhumanitarianday.org

I am honored to join @unitednations and @un_ocha for #WorldHumanitarianDay sharing images from my time in Kashmir. Here, Kashmiri children load themselves up in a rickshaw on their way back from school in the city of Srinagar during Ramadan.

This World Humanitarian Day, I demand that world leaders take action to protect children in conflict. Children are #NotATarget. Join me & sign the petition: www.worldhumanitarianday.org

I am honored to join @unitednations and @un_ocha for #WorldHumanitarianDay sharing images from my time in Kashmir. Here, Kashmiri children load themselves up in a rickshaw on their way back from school in the city of Srinagar during Ramadan.

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Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I am honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Ruth Lekgpanai is the first woman in Africa who is a "giraffe guard" for the “Twiga Walinzi,” a brilliant team that works as field researchers and protectors of endangered reticulated giraffe in northern Kenya. @nrt_kenya @sandiegozoo It was announced in September 2016 that the giraffe, an icon of Africa, is in peril — the population of this majestic species has quietly dropped by 40 percent across Africa, from 140,000 in the late 1990s to around 85,000 today. Ruth is on the front lines of protecting this beautiful animal, gathering more information on giraffe populations and developing a photo identification database to track individual giraffes. She manages a network of 120 camera traps and conducts snare removal patrols. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I am honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Ruth Lekgpanai is the first woman in Africa who is a "giraffe guard" for the “Twiga Walinzi,” a brilliant team that works as field researchers and protectors of endangered reticulated giraffe in northern Kenya. @nrt_kenya @sandiegozoo It was announced in September 2016 that the giraffe, an icon of Africa, is in peril — the population of this majestic species has quietly dropped by 40 percent across Africa, from 140,000 in the late 1990s to around 85,000 today. Ruth is on the front lines of protecting this beautiful animal, gathering more information on giraffe populations and developing a photo identification database to track individual giraffes. She manages a network of 120 camera traps and conducts snare removal patrols. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

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Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I’m honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Wanjiku Kinuthia is a Kenyan conservation writer and communications officer for Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in northern Kenya. She works with both international and local communities creating on-the-ground awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I’m honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Wanjiku Kinuthia is a Kenyan conservation writer and communications officer for Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in northern Kenya. She works with both international and local communities creating on-the-ground awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation. It has been inspiring getting to spend time with this remarkable young woman and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

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Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I’m honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Mary Lengees is caring for orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) the first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary in northern Kenya. Mary is one of the first indigenous Samburu women elephant keepers in all of Africa. The sanctuary is helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. It was an incredible experience to spend time with Mary and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

Want to support girls' leadership and empowerment? Like this post, or any post with #DreamBigPrincess, and Disney will donate $1 to @girlupcampaign!

I’m honored to share my photos from the #DreamBigPrincess photography campaign! Mary Lengees is caring for orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) the first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary in northern Kenya. Mary is one of the first indigenous Samburu women elephant keepers in all of Africa. The sanctuary is helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. It was an incredible experience to spend time with Mary and learn what inspires her to dream big! From August 15-October 11, 2017, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 for any public post of a photo using #DreamBigPrincess or like of such a post on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, for a minimum donation of US $500,000 and a maximum of US $1 million to Girl Up (@girlupcampaign), the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting adolescent girls’ leadership and empowerment.

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Photo by @amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. Naomi Leshongoro with one of the orphaned elephants in her dedicated care at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. She and her Samburu colleagues at Reteti are some of the first indigenous female wildlife keepers in all of Africa. You can learn more about Reteti in my National Geographic story, out on newsstands now: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Video by @amivitale. Happy #WorldElephantDay! It was a privilege to be able to tell the heartwarming story of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. It's so easy to forget all the amazing things happening in the world and in this pocket of northern Kenya, without fanfare, nothing less than a miracle is occurring. It is the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. Please support Reteti (@r.e.s.c.u.e) today on World Elephant Day and consider donating or following them and their incredible work through their website and social media. The sanctuary is helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. Your support will help these iconic animals and the communities that care for them — will you join them?

Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Happy #WorldElephantDay! It was a privilege to be able to tell the heartwarming story of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first indigenous-owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. It's so easy to forget all the amazing things happening in the world and in this pocket of northern Kenya, without fanfare, nothing less than a miracle is occurring. It is the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. Please support Reteti (@r.e.s.c.u.e) today on World Elephant Day and consider donating or following them and their incredible work through their website and social media. The sanctuary is helping to change the lives of the people in the community as well as the animals under their care. Your support will help these iconic animals and the communities that care for them — will you join them?

Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale. Magical Aspen. Pinching myself to be here again and grateful to @isacattostudio  and @acesaspen for hosting me.  I'm excited and honored to be speaking at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as part of the Catto speaker series this Wednesday 6pm.  I'll also be taking over @aspenco Instagram account Wednesday and Thursday too!

Photo by @amivitale. Magical Aspen. Pinching myself to be here again and grateful to @isacattostudio and @acesaspen for hosting me. I'm excited and honored to be speaking at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as part of the Catto speaker series this Wednesday 6pm. I'll also be taking over @aspenco Instagram account Wednesday and Thursday too!

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At Aspen Institute

Photo by @amivitale. It was an incredible honor to be able to tell this heartwarming story on Kenya's first indigenous owned and run elephant sanctuary and it's on news stands now!! Please support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and follow them and their incredible work.  Reteti’s goal is to rehabilitate and re-wild these elephants.

I'm excited and honored to be speaking at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as part of the Catto speaker series this Wednesday 6pm.@acesaspen  I'll also be taking over @aspenco Instagram account Wednesday and Thursday too! 
@sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @nature_africa @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #natgeolodges #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. It was an incredible honor to be able to tell this heartwarming story on Kenya's first indigenous owned and run elephant sanctuary and it's on news stands now!! Please support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and follow them and their incredible work. Reteti’s goal is to rehabilitate and re-wild these elephants.

I'm excited and honored to be speaking at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies as part of the Catto speaker series this Wednesday 6pm.@acesaspen I'll also be taking over @aspenco Instagram account Wednesday and Thursday too!
@sararacamp @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @nature_africa @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #natgeolodges #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

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At Denver International Airport

#Repost @worldpressphoto ・・・
The job of caring for baby pandas at China’s panda centers is high-pressure, due to the levels of care given to the babies and the attention paid to preserving China’s most popular mascot.

I'm Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and this week I will share the incredible story of how China is saving its most iconic mascot, the giant panda from the brink of extinction. This journey turned out to be one of the most unimaginable explorations I've ever had. In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon. You can read about this work in @NatGeo: http://on.natgeo.com/29PGByT

#WPPh2017 #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #endangered #sichuan #china #conservation #savetheplanet #natureisspeaking #nikon #photojournalism #amivitale @natgeo @nikonusa

#Repost @worldpressphoto ・・・
The job of caring for baby pandas at China’s panda centers is high-pressure, due to the levels of care given to the babies and the attention paid to preserving China’s most popular mascot.

I'm Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and this week I will share the incredible story of how China is saving its most iconic mascot, the giant panda from the brink of extinction. This journey turned out to be one of the most unimaginable explorations I've ever had. In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon. You can read about this work in @NatGeo: http://on.natgeo.com/29PGByT

#WPPh2017 #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #endangered #sichuan #china #conservation #savetheplanet #natureisspeaking #nikon #photojournalism #amivitale @natgeo @nikonusa

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#Repost @worldpressphoto - follow along this week for more pandas! ・・・
Chinese scientists and their international counterparts cracked the puzzle of successfully breeding pandas in captivity after decades of disappointment. Here a bumper crop of baby pandas walk in the grass at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. 
I'm Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and this week I will share the incredible story of how China is saving its most iconic mascot, the giant panda from the brink of extinction. This journey turned out to be one of the most unimaginable explorations I've ever had. In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon. You can read about this work in @NatGeo: http://on.natgeo.com/29PGByT

#WPPh2017 #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #endangered #sichuan #china #conservation #savetheplanet #natureisspeaking #nikon #photojournalism #amivitale @natgeo @nikonusa

#Repost @worldpressphoto - follow along this week for more pandas! ・・・
Chinese scientists and their international counterparts cracked the puzzle of successfully breeding pandas in captivity after decades of disappointment. Here a bumper crop of baby pandas walk in the grass at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China.
I'm Ami Vitale (@amivitale) and this week I will share the incredible story of how China is saving its most iconic mascot, the giant panda from the brink of extinction. This journey turned out to be one of the most unimaginable explorations I've ever had. In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon. You can read about this work in @NatGeo: http://on.natgeo.com/29PGByT

#WPPh2017 #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #endangered #sichuan #china #conservation #savetheplanet #natureisspeaking #nikon #photojournalism #amivitale @natgeo @nikonusa

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