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Ami Vitale is National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, speaker and Nikon ambassador. New book- Panda Love: the secret life of pandas

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Photo by @amivitale. Baksesa prepares lunch for children, often their only meal of the day, after school in the village of Intedeyne, in Mali. Education remains a challenge, particularly for girls. Female literacy rates never reach even 50 percent of male literacy rates. Mali also has the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line in any country in the world - 90 percent of Malians survive on less than $2 a day.

This week I’m sharing images of women in Africa, exploring their lives and the vital roles they play in their communities.

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Photo by @amivitale. Thrilled & honored to be speaking alongside two of my idols, Carol Guzy (@carolguzy) and Lynsey Addario (@lynseyaddario), at Photo Plus Expo (@photoplusexpo) for @nikonusa next week in NYC on Oct. 25. Catch us from 2.30-3.15 in person at booth #519 or via the @nikonusa live feed at Then, stick around for my 4 p.m. talk Reframing the Narrative for Great Storytelling. Hope to see you there!

Women collect water at sunset in Usuru, Tanzania. Women in developing countries carry an enormous burden. When water becomes scarce, it is women who walk extra hours each day in search of enough for their families to survive. 
This week I’m sharing images of women in Africa, exploring their lives and the vital roles they play in their communities.

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Photo by @amivitale. Friends in Mesa, Arizona, I'm speaking tonight October 17 at the Mesa arts center at 7.30 p.m, continuing on my @natgeo Live tour. Come join me! (Link for tickets in profile.) Maa-speaking Samburu women wear elaborate beaded necklaces in Westgate Conservancy, Kenya. As one of Africa's most unique cultures, the Samburu are often recognized for their riveting beauty and decorative appearance. Samburu, which translates to mean "butterflies," was given to the Samburu tribe by other tribes because of their layers and layers of bead-covered jewelry, face painting, and colorful clothing. 
This week I’m sharing images of women in Africa, exploring their lives and the vital roles they play in their communities.

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Photo by @amivitale. Women gather to make intricate, brightly colored beaded crafts for the Loisaba Community Trust (@loisaba_conservancy) in Ewaso village in Laikipia North in Northern Kenya.

This week I’m sharing images of women in Africa, exploring their lives and the vital roles they play in their communities.

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Photo by @amivitale. Fatima walks to a nearby village shaded from the brutal sun with her umbrella in the West African country of Guinea Bissau. Fatima is part of the Fulani tribe, who once crisscrossed the continent of Africa tending their precious herds of cattle, a civilization known for its constant movement. This nomadic existence spun the threads of a rich social fabric of tradition and ritual that endures to this day. The Fulani have traditions that are unique to its area and people. From the belief in tree spirits to the use of traditional medicine, the mixing of cultures that took place centuries earlier has produced a society that with a unique spiritual universe that is sometimes more important than the physical world.

This week I’m sharing images of women in Africa, exploring their lives and the vital roles they play in their communities.

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Photo by @amivitale. Today, we celebrate International Day of the Girl. We also remember the burdens girls around the world shoulder and we renew our efforts to try to ease them. Girls, like this young Maasai pastroalist, and women spend an estimated 200 million hours daily just collecting water. That adds up to more than 22,800 years worth of time. “It's as if a woman started with her empty bucket in the Stone Age and didn’t arrive home with water until 2018,” says @UNICEF’s Global Head of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. This is time stolen from every other aspect of their lives, in particular, education.

So today, let's celebrate the power and spirit that girls have, and join me in called for equality and resources, like clean, easily accessible water and educational opportunities, for every girl to live up to her fullest potential. 
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Photo by @amivitale. I met Nolkidotu right after all of his family’s wealth was lost in one night, when a pride of lions killed his cow in Naitiroki village in lower Loita, Kenya. It was a huge blow to the health of his family. Cases of human-wildlife conflict are common, and both sides suffer the consequences. Frequent meetings are held with farmers and pastoralists in the area, where wildlife movements can be shared and discussed, as can ways to mitigate risk, and what to do should an incident occur. These issues highlight the huge importance of communities and rangers working together to ensure the safety and livelihoods of both people and wildlife.

I'm honored to take over WWF-UK's (@wwf_uk) account this week during the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The Conference is an opportunity for global leaders to come together and make commitments to help end illegal wildlife trade. This year’s conference will focus on three key themes; tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade as a serious organised crime, building coalitions and closing markets.

Follow @wwf_uk to learn more about their efforts to create solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature to thrive. Find out more and help #EndWildlifeCrime by signing their petition to stop illegal wildlife trade at 
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Photo by @amivitale. I'm proud to be a part of @RippleEffectImages and excited to be celebrating Day of the Girl with them this week. By creating stories and films for fabulous aid organizations that change the lives of women and girls, we've helped our aid partners raise over $10 million. Girls are the answer and the promise of tomorrow. As rains come and seas rise, as temperatures climb and wells dry, girls will find the solutions to keep families afloat, and children safe. Their bravery and spirit will ensure survival at this time of dramatic changes in the world. Ripple Effect Images works with the aid organizations who empower these girls with education, health care, resources and economic possibilities. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @rippleeffectimages.

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Photo by @amivitale. Friends in Seattle (and around the world) I'll be giving a free talk at the Creative Live headquarters tomorrow, Oct. 9 at 5pm PDT as part of their amazing Photo Week 2018 celebration. Sign up to join me in person or watch online by clicking on the link in my profile. 
Here, Eric, an 8-year-old east African black rhino, recently traveled 10,000 across five countries from the from the San Diego Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) in California to the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. Eric is part of a project to increase the population of critically endangered black rhino within the greater Serengeti ecosystem. There are less than 750 Eastern Black Rhino left in the wild. Eric was moved because his genetics are overrepresented in the captive rhinos in the United States but will be an important boost to the existing rhinos in the Serengeti ecosystem and east Africa. 
The project is run by the Singita Grumeti Fund (@grumetifund), a non-profit in the western Serengeti, which is working with the Tanzanian government to conserve wildlife and to boost the local population of black rhino in their native habitat. Eric joins a female eastern black rhino already living at Singita Grumeti. Their introduction to each other and hopeful breeding success forms the first phase of this exciting new black rhino expansion project.

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Photo by @amivitale. Fatu is one of only two northern white rhinos alive on the planet, following the death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino who died due to age related complications on March 19th at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) in Kenya. Fatu and her mother Najin are the last of the species remaining in the world and may hold the keys to saving the entire species. 
Sudan’s death could mean the extinction of his species, though scientists are considering other options involving Fatu and Najin, including stem cell procedures and harvesting eggs. If there is meaning in Sudan’s passing, it’s that all hope is not lost. This can be our wake-up call. In a world of more than 7 billion people, we must see ourselves as part of the landscape. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals. 
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Photo by @amivitale. Here is a powerful example of the work being done to save these incredible creatures. In 2014, I witnessed a group of Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). Only their grandfathers saw rhinos in the wild and these young men had never even seen a photo of one. Based on stories and their own imaginations, they expected the young rhinos to be as big as elephants, as dangerous as lions and for their horns to be flexible, like an elephant's trunk. 
Much-needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife, but very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the frontlines of the poaching wars. The Nature Conservancy in Africa (@nature_africa), the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) and Lewa @lewa_wildlife are doing incredible work to strengthen these communities, who hold the key to saving Africa's great animals. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them.

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Photo by @amivitale. People are the key to saving Africa's great animals. In this photo, Kamara, a Kenyan rhino keeper, walks in the rain with orphaned black rhinos he hand-raised at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. Indigenous communities are on the front lines of the fight against poaching and landscape destruction, making them the best protectors of the endangered wildlife around them.

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