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2017-06-22 17:51:13
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Scientists know relatively little about how giraffe behave - how they live, the space they need to survive, where they move, and even why their necks are so long. With their population numbers plummeting, learning more about giraffe is critical to ensuring their survival. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) as they worked to collar and tag 11 giraffe in the Loisaba (@loisaba_conservancy) and Leparua Conservancies in Northern Kenya. Learn more in my National Geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sW5XVb

Please follow and help support conservation initiatives at @sandiegozoo @giraffe_conservation @nrt_kenya @nature_org and @nature_africa to #savegiraffes! 
@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #worldgiraffeday #giraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #savegiraffe #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Scientists know relatively little about how giraffe behave - how they live, the space they need to survive, where they move, and even why their necks are so long. With their population numbers plummeting, learning more about giraffe is critical to ensuring their survival. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) as they worked to collar and tag 11 giraffe in the Loisaba (@loisaba_conservancy) and Leparua Conservancies in Northern Kenya. Learn more in my National Geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sW5XVb Please follow and help support conservation initiatives at @sandiegozoo @giraffe_conservation @nrt_kenya @nature_org and @nature_africa to #savegiraffes! @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #worldgiraffeday #giraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #savegiraffe #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-06-21 17:56:09
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Happy #WorldGiraffeDay! The giraffe population has plummeted more than 40 percent over the past 30 years. To make matters worse, scientists know relatively little about giraffe behavior. But a group of scientists and wildlife experts are working to untangle the mystery behind these animals' rapid decline. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) as they worked to collar and tag 11 giraffe in the Loisaba (@loisaba_conservancy) and Leparua Conservancies in Northern Kenya. Learn more in my National Geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sW5XVb

Please follow and help support conservation initiatives at @sandiegozoo @giraffe_conservation @nrt_kenya @nature_org @nature_africa and @amivitale to #savegiraffes! 
@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #giraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #savegiraffe #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Happy #WorldGiraffeDay! The giraffe population has plummeted more than 40 percent over the past 30 years. To make matters worse, scientists know relatively little about giraffe behavior. But a group of scientists and wildlife experts are working to untangle the mystery behind these animals' rapid decline. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation) and the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) as they worked to collar and tag 11 giraffe in the Loisaba (@loisaba_conservancy) and Leparua Conservancies in Northern Kenya. Learn more in my National Geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sW5XVb Please follow and help support conservation initiatives at @sandiegozoo @giraffe_conservation @nrt_kenya @nature_org @nature_africa and @amivitale to #savegiraffes! @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #giraffe #reticulatedgiraffe #savegiraffe #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale
2017-06-16 17:24:52
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Finders keepers is all in a day’s play for the herd of orphaned or abandoned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. In addition to being highly intelligent, elephants are innately social and need stimulation and interaction to develop normally. Without their family herds to guide them, the young elephants are teaching each other new skills that will help them when they can return to the wild herds. They also rely on the deeply caring wildlife keepers who feed and play with 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. 
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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Finders keepers is all in a day’s play for the herd of orphaned or abandoned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. In addition to being highly intelligent, elephants are innately social and need stimulation and interaction to develop normally. Without their family herds to guide them, the young elephants are teaching each other new skills that will help them when they can return to the wild herds. They also rely on the deeply caring wildlife keepers who feed and play with 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. @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
 
2017-06-15 19:28:45
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Wildlife keeper Rimland Lemojong plays ball with Pokot, a seven-month-old male elephant, in front of the elephant enclosures at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Pokot arrived in November 2016 and is one of a dozen elephants being rehabilitated by these dedicated keepers in the hopes of releasing him back to the wild herds of Northern Kenya, which is home to Kenya's second largest elephant population. 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. 
@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 for @natgeo. Wildlife keeper Rimland Lemojong plays ball with Pokot, a seven-month-old male elephant, in front of the elephant enclosures at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Pokot arrived in November 2016 and is one of a dozen elephants being rehabilitated by these dedicated keepers in the hopes of releasing him back to the wild herds of Northern Kenya, which is home to Kenya's second largest elephant population. 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. @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
2017-06-14 19:22:58
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Fifteen-month-old elephant Sosian is loaded into a specially adapted vehicle for transport to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. He was brought in after his mother was found shot and mortally wounded. Elephants are creatures of habit and will often return to familiar places and could retrieve temporarily lost youngsters, so the Reteti team makes sure to take in only orphans. They work hard to rehabilitate the young elephants in the hopes that they can be released back to their family herds. 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. 
@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 for @natgeo. Fifteen-month-old elephant Sosian is loaded into a specially adapted vehicle for transport to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. He was brought in after his mother was found shot and mortally wounded. Elephants are creatures of habit and will often return to familiar places and could retrieve temporarily lost youngsters, so the Reteti team makes sure to take in only orphans. They work hard to rehabilitate the young elephants in the hopes that they can be released back to their family herds. 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. @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
 
2017-06-13 17:22:59
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Lkalatian Lopeta (right), a Samburu wildlife ranger, and staff from the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)  guard the two-week-old elephant Kinya. She was found trapped in a hand-dug well 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 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. 
@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 for @natgeo. Lkalatian Lopeta (right), a Samburu wildlife ranger, and staff from the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) guard the two-week-old elephant Kinya. She was found trapped in a hand-dug well 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 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. @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
2017-06-12 17:46:01
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Mathew Mutinda, a vet with the Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifeservice), crouches over 18-month-old elephant Mugie, still sedated after his rescue. Mugie was flown to an airstrip near the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), then driven to Reteti. The wildlife keepers there will work to rehabilitate the youngster and train him in hopes of returning him to the wild. 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. 
@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 for @natgeo. Mathew Mutinda, a vet with the Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifeservice), crouches over 18-month-old elephant Mugie, still sedated after his rescue. Mugie was flown to an airstrip near the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), then driven to Reteti. The wildlife keepers there will work to rehabilitate the youngster and train him in hopes of returning him to the wild. 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. @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
 
2017-06-09 17:55:22
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Patience is not an elephant virtue at feeding time at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Amos Leleruk and his hangers-on step out for a meal. 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, and drinking is a noisy, slurpy affair.

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: 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
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Patience is not an elephant virtue at feeding time at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Amos Leleruk and his hangers-on step out for a meal. 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, and drinking is a noisy, slurpy affair. Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: 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
2017-06-08 17:33:32
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. 
Rimland Lemojong, a Samburu keeper sits with Kinya, a two week old elephant that fell into a well in Sera wildlife conservancy in Northern Kenya. After waiting close to 36 hours, Kinya's mother never came back for her and she was brought to  Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e).
For the Samburu there is joy in this work of elephant rehabilitation. And there is heartbreak. Like many calves who become separated from their mothers, little Kinya, whose rescue was so hard won, didn’t make it.

See the story on this incredible new initiative.
 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/05/reteti-orphan-elephants-vitale/

@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 for @natgeo. Rimland Lemojong, a Samburu keeper sits with Kinya, a two week old elephant that fell into a well in Sera wildlife conservancy in Northern Kenya. After waiting close to 36 hours, Kinya's mother never came back for her and she was brought to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). For the Samburu there is joy in this work of elephant rehabilitation. And there is heartbreak. Like many calves who become separated from their mothers, little Kinya, whose rescue was so hard won, didn’t make it. See the story on this incredible new initiative. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/05/reteti-orphan-elephants-vitale/ @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
 
2017-06-07 17:43:47
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Up periscope! Shaba sniffs out her coming meal, a special formula that replaces mother’s milk and is given to the babies every three hours around the clock at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. A recent study showed that elephants have the highest number of smell-receptor genes of any animal yet tested.

@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 for @natgeo. Up periscope! Shaba sniffs out her coming meal, a special formula that replaces mother’s milk and is given to the babies every three hours around the clock at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. A recent study showed that elephants have the highest number of smell-receptor genes of any animal yet tested. @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
2017-06-06 17:50:12
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Joseph Lolngojine, a Samburu warrior turned elephant caretaker, watches over baby elephant Kinya near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Moments after this photo was taken, it was decided to bring her to the sanctuary to try to save her life.

@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 for @natgeo. Joseph Lolngojine, a Samburu warrior turned elephant caretaker, watches over baby elephant Kinya near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Moments after this photo was taken, it was decided to bring her to the sanctuary to try to save her life. @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
 
2017-06-05 17:55:23
2017-06-01 20:13:45
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Wildlife keepers Leruk, Mike and Naomi work together to get the herd of orphaned elephants fed at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. The rescued elephants eat a special formula every three hours around the clock. 
@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 for @natgeo. Wildlife keepers Leruk, Mike and Naomi work together to get the herd of orphaned elephants fed at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. The rescued elephants eat a special formula every three hours around the clock. @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
 
2017-05-31 18:38:35
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. A feel-good dirt bath is just the thing in the heat of the day for the baby elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. A coating of soil helps protect sensitive elephant skin by acting as both sunscreen and insect repellent. Shaba (lying down) demonstrates how it’s done for the younger orphans.

@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 for @natgeo. A feel-good dirt bath is just the thing in the heat of the day for the baby elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. A coating of soil helps protect sensitive elephant skin by acting as both sunscreen and insect repellent. Shaba (lying down) demonstrates how it’s done for the younger orphans. @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
2017-05-30 18:28:48
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Shaba, now nearly two years old, is the proxy matriarch of the younger orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya, teaching them how to forage in the wild. Under the eye of caretakers, she leads her small herd into the bush outside the sanctuary, stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, taking mud baths.

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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Shaba, now nearly two years old, is the proxy matriarch of the younger orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya, teaching them how to forage in the wild. Under the eye of caretakers, she leads her small herd into the bush outside the sanctuary, stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, taking mud baths. @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
 
2017-05-30 12:31:04
amivitale Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale. Join me for a Facebook Live event Tuesday May 30, 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. @scrollmotion will give away 3 free Ingage annual subscriptions to the first three participants. See more  Giant panda photos in my Ingage story by tapping the link in @scrollmotion’s bio.@natgeocreative @natgeo @nikonusa @nikoneurope @thephotosociety #photojournalism #photography #amivitale #sichuan #chengdu #china #pandas #giantpanda. #ipanda #conservation
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale. Join me for a Facebook Live event Tuesday May 30, 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. @scrollmotion will give away 3 free Ingage annual subscriptions to the first three participants. See more Giant panda photos in my Ingage story by tapping the link in @scrollmotion’s bio.@natgeocreative @natgeo @nikonusa @nikoneurope @thephotosociety #photojournalism #photography #amivitale #sichuan #chengdu #china #pandas #giantpanda. #ipanda #conservation
2017-05-26 19:42:27
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Wildlife keepers, recruited from the local community in Northern Kenya, take rescued baby elephants on a hike near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). In the past the local people weren’t much interested in trying to save elephants. A rescued calf had to be transported to Kenya’s only orphanage, some 240 miles away, near Nairobi. If successfully rehabilitated, the youngster would have to be released into Tsavo National Park, with no hope of reunification with its original herd way to the north.

But now, with Reteti, elephant orphans, like two-year-old Shaba, the oldest resident, can be returned to their home ground, where they’ll have a good chance of reconnecting with their relatives. Shaba should be ready to take those steps after about eight months.

@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 for @natgeo. Wildlife keepers, recruited from the local community in Northern Kenya, take rescued baby elephants on a hike near Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). In the past the local people weren’t much interested in trying to save elephants. A rescued calf had to be transported to Kenya’s only orphanage, some 240 miles away, near Nairobi. If successfully rehabilitated, the youngster would have to be released into Tsavo National Park, with no hope of reunification with its original herd way to the north. But now, with Reteti, elephant orphans, like two-year-old Shaba, the oldest resident, can be returned to their home ground, where they’ll have a good chance of reconnecting with their relatives. Shaba should be ready to take those steps after about eight months. @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