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Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. Learn more about her flash print sale to support elephants.

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Photo by @amivitale. Mike Learka receives affection from Nadasoit, an eight month old elephant who was orphaned due to the drought. Mike, a Samburu warrior, is one of the incredible keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first ever community owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa. While providing a home and nuturing young, orphaned elephant calves so they can one day return to the wild, the sanctuary is also leading a transformation in the way humans relate to wild animals.

I am currently running a limited edition, fine art flash print sale to support the important work happening at @r.e.s.c.u.e and 100% of the proceeds from this sale will go to the sanctuary. (Link in profile.) #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya#northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica#photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5 #protectelephants
Photo by @amivitale. Today, was a sad day for elephants. In times like these, it is more important than ever to do all that we can to protect these incredible, gentle beings. Therefore, I am announcing the launch of a limited edition, fine art flash print sale to support the important work of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e ) on their one year anniversary. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to supporting the elephants and the Samburu community who are helping to foster a mutually supportive relationship between wildlife and people. For $225 plus shipping, you will receive a stunning 12 x 14 archival print of Mpala and the herd of elephants bathing and you can learn more about the sanctuary in my recent National Geographic magazine story, "Warriors Protecting Elephants." This sale only lasts until Dec. 10, 2017.

Reteti is the first ever community owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa and provides a home to orphaned elephants as a result of poaching, human wildlife conflict and drought related issues. All of these elephants will one day be returned to the wild to live the life they were meant to lead. What’s happening at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way humans relate to wild animals. 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.

The image will be printed by the fine art studio of Paper & Ink on 12x14 inches (30.5x36 cm) and with Epson's Ultrachome HDX archival pigment ink on Canson's PrintMaKing Rag archival paper which is designed to meet museum longevity requirements. Follow the link in my profile to the shop page on my website to order and please add shipping ($25 domestic, $35 international). #bekindtoelephants  #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya#northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica#photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5 #protectelephants
Photo by @amivitale. Tracking dogs like Rocky have become vital to protecting wildlife in Tanzania and the $1.3 billion in tourism earnings annually they help bring to the country. A head of anti-poaching efforts was coming for a meeting at Manyara Ranch and overheard another passenger on the bus say, in response to a comment about the area’s elephants and their valuable ivory, “The dogs will follow you to where you live. Don’t even think about poaching there.” See our story on the dogs leading the charge against poaching in Biographic Magazine (@biographic_magazine) and follow @honeyguide_tz and @singita_ to learn more about these important initiatives.

#dogs #workingdogs #stoppoaching #conservation #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500
Photo by @amivitale. Ranger Sareta Be Peter sits with DJ, at the Singita Grumeti Fund Reserve (@singita_), a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park. DJ is one of four new rescue dogs - two chocolate Labrador mixes and two Belgian Malinois - that Grumeti got to complement the work done by @honeyguide_tz tracking dogs. These new dogs will detect wildlife contraband such as ivory, rhino horn, bush meat, ammunition, and pangolin scales. And soon, the dogs will be trained to detect wire snares and poisons as well. 
The use of tracking dogs to fight poaching in Tanzania began as a trial with just a few dogs less than a decade ago. Today, it is an essential tool in Africa’s conservation efforts.

See our story on the dogs leading the charge against poaching in Biographic Magazine (@biographic_magazine) and follow @honeyguide_tz and @singita_ to learn more about these important initiatives.

#dogs #workingdogs #stoppoaching #conservation #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500
Photo by my friend Joe. Join me today, Friday, at 3pm EST (12pm PST) on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion. This month, I am curating the @natgeo#YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. In my discussion, I'll talk about my editing process and speak about the ultimate outcome of the assignment at Facebook.com/ngm

In this photo, Shaba tries to borrow my hat at Reteti elephant sanctuary in Northern 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. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants#saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Join me  tomorrow, Friday, at 3pm EST (12pm PST) on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion. This month, I am curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. In my discussion, I'll talk about my editing process and speak about the ultimate outcome of the assignment.

Here, #wildebeest migrating towards rainfall and greener pastures, have returned from the Masai Mara National Reserve in their southward trek to their calving grounds on the shortgrass plains of the #Serengeti ecosystem to Singita #Grumeti Reserves (@SINGITA_), a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. I just recently photographed an incredible story on the conservation efforts there. ​ ​

Follow @SINGITA_ to learn more about their important work. 
#moments #singitagrumetifund @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Congratulations to Dan Hammer (@econohammer), winner of the first ever Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award. Dan is the co-founder of Earth Genome, a nonprofit organization that seeks to put environmental data in the hands of decision makers. His current project, Overview News, would give journalists and other storytellers easy access to satellite imagery—and help them understand it. The end goal is supporting environmental news that is more lucid and reliable.

I'm thrilled to have nominated Katie Rowe who is representing the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern #Kenya. She recognized one simple truth - without local communities engaged and leading the effort, no conservation effort, no social effort for that matter, will ever be truly sustainable. Her selflessness, her determination, her grit, and her unfailing faith that the communities she serves will protect that which she loves, has helped create a new model for #conservation.  A new model that pushes the boundaries on what wildlife conservation looks like. It's not easy and for each step forward there is a step back, but in that complexity and inelegance, in that diversity and chaos, is truly the way forward. She did not seek a simple answer but rather a lasting answer to the eternal question: how do we live with the expectations of a better life without undermining nature that supports us all. 
@ucla #stoppoaching #northkenya #kenya #Namunyak #saveelephants @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo
#africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5
Photo by @amivitale. Handlers and dogs endure the heat on the salty embankment of Manyara Lake near Manyara Ranch, a conservancy adjacent to #Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. Dogs are a vital part of the conservation tools in the nation, an effort led by the Honeyguide Foundation (@honeyguide_tz) which began its canine tracking program in 2011. Since that time, @honeyguide_tz has led successful joint operations with both community and government ranger teams in nine national parks and community-based conservation areas across northern Tanzania, leading to major arrests of poachers and confiscation of ivory, bush meat, weapons and other illicit items.

See our story on the dogs leading the charge against poaching in Biographic Magazine (@biographic_magazine) and follow @honeyguide_tz and @singita_ to learn more about these important initiatives.

#dogs #workingdogs #stoppoaching #conservation #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500
Photo by @amivitale. I am thrilled to announce that a young Kenyan woman, Katie Rowe, who I nominated for the first Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award is a finalist and tomorrow the winner will be announced by UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. 
The Pritzker Award is the first environmental award to single out innovators under the age of 40. It is created to be an early investment in our future, giving today’s top young minds the community and financial support that will take their ideas to the next level. I am honored to have Katie represent all the incredible people at Reteti's elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)  for this prestigious prize. I wish all of the co-finalists the best of luck and will let you all know who the winner is tomorrow evening.

@ucla #elephants #stoppoaching #DontLetThemDisappear #saveelephants #retetielephants #northkenya #elephant #kenya #Namunyak #saveelephants @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo
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Photo by @amivitale. Birds fly over Manyara Ranch, a 35,000 acre conservancy in Tanzania that boasts more than 350 species of birds. I was there for our recent story on the dogs leading the charge against poaching featured in Biographic Magazine (@biographic_magazine). You can follow @honeyguide_tz and @singita_ to learn more about these important initiatives.

#manyararanch #stoppoaching #conservation #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500
Photo by @amivitale. Wild elephants roam at the Manyara Ranch, a 35,000 acre conservancy which over 50 different types of mammals call home. Since the introduction of Honeyguide Foundation (@honeyguide_tz ) tracking dogs by to aid in conservation efforts, poaching on the ranch has plummeted. “These days, not only does an elephant die naturally, its tusks are left intact. This would have never happened before.” says Fidelis Olekashe, a security expert and former member of the Tanzanian military who manages the ranch.

See our story on the dogs leading the charge against poaching in Biographic Magazine (@biographic_magazine) and follow @honeyguide_tz and @singita_ to learn more about these important initiatives.

#manyararanch #stoppoaching #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #conservation #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter#nikonambassador #nikond7500
Photo by @amivitale. Ranger Sareta Be Peter sits with DJ, one of four dogs at the Singita Grumeti Fund Reserve (@singita_), a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park.#Tanzania, which recently boasted the continent’s second largest elephant population after Botswana, lost more than 60 percent of its #elephants to poaching between 2009 and 2014. Seeking effective low-tech solutions to the problem, rangers began using dogs to track down poachers in the bush. Now the dogs are a vital part of the conservation tools in the area.

See our story on the dogs leading the charge against poaching in Biographic Magazine (@biographic_magazine) and follow @honeyguide_tz and @singita_ to learn more about these important initiatives.

#dogs #workingdogs #stoppoaching #conservation #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500