Ami Vitale

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Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. Her book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, is available for pre-order.

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Photo by @amivitale. Giant panda Yao Man snuggles with her cub at the Bifengxia Giant panda base in Sichuan province, China. 
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. 
My first ever book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
It was a great privilege to speak with one of my favorite people @cristinamittermeier on BBC Radio recently. Christina is incredibly #INSPIRING and she talked about photographing a starving polar bear recently which may be the #catalyst for renewed awareness in the fight against climate change. We also discussed what drives us, the challenges in the field, and how we use our photography and voices to inspire #change. You can listen to the full interview on the website of @bbcnews.

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #climatechange #environment #sustainability #polarbear #nature
Photo by @amivitale. A playful baby panda tries to hitch a ride on the shoe cover of a panda keeper at the Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Giant pandas don’t roar like other bears, but bleat like goats or honk, growl and bark to communicate. 
Habitat loss and reliance on bamboo brought pandas to the brink of extinction, but years of research have helped scientists crack the code to breeding pandas in captivity, and increasing efforts to preserve pandas’ habitat may help ensure their future. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened.

My first ever book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
Photo by @amivitale. Panda keeper Lai Yan Wu takes care of a newborn giant panda cub at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. Newborn pandas are tiny compared to their mothers and born blind, so they must be carefully tended to either by their mothers or by the center’s dedicated staff. 
This amazing little creature is the culmination of years of research. Scientists now know how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. 
My first ever book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
Photo by @amivitale. A baby panda mouths a basket, part of bumper crop of adorable baby giant panda cubs at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province. Nearly 50 percent of giant pandas births are to twins, but the mothers can care for only one cub at a time so keepers in China have developed a careful process for swapping each baby so they are fed both by their mother and by hand. Baby pandas wean from their mothers between 8-9 months and a year old and generally stay with their mothers for 2 years. 
My first book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
Photo by @amivitale. One-year-old Giant panda cub Na Na explores the forest at Wolong China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China. This panda will eventually be released into the wild if it passes all the tests showing it can survive in the wild. Although pandas spend most of their days eating and sleeping and their diets do not provide them with much energy, they are playful and love to climb trees. 
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. 
My first ever book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
My first book, Panda Love, comes out in June. It documents the efforts to breed pandas and release them back into the wild. I had unprecedented access and this collection gives insight into these adorable bears' lives in both the sanctuaries and their natural habitat. Fluffy panda cubs tumble out of baskets and play hide-and-seek with their caregivers, while adult pandas curiously explore the forest and climb trees. China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. Follow along in Panda Love on this incredible journey of putting the wild back into an icon.

Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, is now available for pre-order. Place your order now to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness. (Link in profile.) If you are in UK, copies available in May and June for everywhere else.  #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
Photo by @amivitale. Twelve year old mother giant panda, Si Xue explores her enclosure at the Wolong China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China. Because of their low-energy diet, pandas avoid stressful situations and exertion.

It’s hard to imagine, but these animals were once as mythical and elusive as Bigfoot. They have been around for millions of years, but were only made known to the western world within the last century. The first panda was captured alive only in 1936. 
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. 
My first ever book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
Photo by @amivitale. Giant panda cubs wake up from nap time in the incubator room at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. 
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador. 
My first ever book, Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas, about these adorable ambassadors, is now available for pre-order. You can place your order to guarantee your copy of mystery and cuteness today. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub  #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals
Video by @amivitale. My sincere gratitude to everyone who supported the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), through the Flash print sale. We have raised over $40,000 for this incredible place!! Your contributions will help care for a small herd of elephant calves who will one day return to the wild and the strong community that loves and protects its elephants. I am awed and deeply grateful at your outpouring of love. 
Here is Nadasoit. I had been there when she was orphaned and rescued and left for a few months but amazingly, she remembered my smell and came running over to greet me when I came back. Elephants have an incredible memory and don't forget smells and even voices. Reteti is Africa's first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. 
Read the full story about @r.e.s.c.u.e in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn about their vital work. Although the print sale has ended, prints are still available. Year round, fifty percent of the print sales are distributed to conservation organizations including Conservation International (@conservationorg), The Nature Conservancy (nature_org), Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife_ and Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya). Please visit my website or send a message if you are interested in purchasing a print. 
#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @tusk_org  @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonambassador
Photo by @amivitale. My sincere gratitude to everyone who supported the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), through the Flash print sale! We have raised nearly $30,000 for this incredible place which is as much about the people as it is about the elephants. Your contributions will help care for a small herd of elephant calves who will one day return to the wild while also building a strong community that loves and protects its elephants. I am awed and deeply grateful at your outpouring of love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
Here, Pokot receives some love from one of the keepers at Reteti, which is also Africa's first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. 
Read the full story about @r.e.s.c.u.e in @natgeo and follow @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn about their vital work. Although the print sale has ended, prints are still available. Year round, fifty percent of the print sales are distributed to conservation organizations including Conservation International (@conservationorg), The Nature Conservancy (nature_org), Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife_ and Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya). Please visit my website or send a message if you are interested in purchasing a print. 
#protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @tusk_org  @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5
Photo by @amivitale. Yesterday, firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, part of the team from Cal Fire’s San Diego unit lost his life battling the #ThomasFire in California.  He is survived by his wife, Ashley, their 2-year-old daughter Evie and are expecting a second daughter this spring. My sincerest condolences to Cory's family and friends and all of the brave men and women rushing in to fight this behemoth. I am so sorry and also grateful for everyone out there helping right now. This fire has consumed more than 250,000 acres and is currently the fourth largest wildfire in California's history. 
If you would like to help, the Los Angeles Times has a great listing of ways to get involved.  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-fires-20171208-story.html

#thomasfire #california #wildfire #hope #ventura
#climatechange #climatescience 
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