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2017-10-20 22:34:43
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Tufts of a mane are shown on an orphaned adolescent grevy's #zebra at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp). Sarara camp is home to orphan giraffe, zebra, Kudu, Gerunuk, warthogs, and waterbuck who all will one day be released back into the wild to live as they were always meant to. Also known as the imperial zebra,the Grevy's is the most threatened of the three species of zebra. Compared with other zebras, it is tall, has large ears, and its stripes are narrower.

Follow @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to learn more about their important conservation work.

#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #savezebras #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Tufts of a mane are shown on an orphaned adolescent grevy's #zebra at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp). Sarara camp is home to orphan giraffe, zebra, Kudu, Gerunuk, warthogs, and waterbuck who all will one day be released back into the wild to live as they were always meant to. Also known as the imperial zebra,the Grevy's is the most threatened of the three species of zebra. Compared with other zebras, it is tall, has large ears, and its stripes are narrower. Follow @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to learn more about their important conservation work. #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #savezebras #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-10-20 00:30:37
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Lekupania receives a kiss from orphaned giraffe at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp). These giraffe were orphaned but soon will be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. The sanctuary sits on the 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and is owned by the Samburu community. 
Current estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped 40 percent, plummeting from 140,000 in the late 1990s to around 85,000 today. Read my story on giraffe in @Natgeo and follow @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to learn more. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5 #photojournalism #amivitale @giraffe_conservation
Photo by @amivitale. Lekupania receives a kiss from orphaned giraffe at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp). These giraffe were orphaned but soon will be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. The sanctuary sits on the 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and is owned by the Samburu community. Current estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped 40 percent, plummeting from 140,000 in the late 1990s to around 85,000 today. Read my story on giraffe in @Natgeo and follow @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to learn more. #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5 #photojournalism #amivitale @giraffe_conservation
2017-10-18 14:36:43
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. A mother elephant and her calf walk in the @SINGITA_ #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. #Singita Grumeti Reserves are an integral part of the #Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. 
Follow @SINGITA_ to learn more about their important work. 
#moments #singitagrumetifund @natgeo@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikon7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. A mother elephant and her calf walk in the @SINGITA_ #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. #Singita Grumeti Reserves are an integral part of the #Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. Follow @SINGITA_ to learn more about their important work. #moments #singitagrumetifund @natgeo@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikon7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-10-17 22:21:31
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Samburu warriors dance beside a fire near Sarara Camp (@sararacamp). The Samburu community is leading a change in conservation in Northern Kenya. With community based conservation, warriors who once feared elephants are now leading the charge to protect wildlife, like elephants, as they see the benefits they bring to the ecosystem through grazing and clearing as well as to the economy in the form of tourism.

Read more about the exciting change that is taking place in my @NatGeo story:https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to support and learn more about these initiatives. 
@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya#northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale  #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter#nikonambassador #nikond5
Photo by @amivitale. Samburu warriors dance beside a fire near Sarara Camp (@sararacamp). The Samburu community is leading a change in conservation in Northern Kenya. With community based conservation, warriors who once feared elephants are now leading the charge to protect wildlife, like elephants, as they see the benefits they bring to the ecosystem through grazing and clearing as well as to the economy in the form of tourism. Read more about the exciting change that is taking place in my @NatGeo story:https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69 Follow all of us, @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5
2017-10-16 23:03:29
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. A dazzle of zebra (could there be a more perfect word than dazzle for a group of zebra with all their stripes?) gather at the Manyara Ranch Conservancy,  a 35,000-acre conservancy just north of Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and set against the towering backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The conservancy lies within the #Kwakuchinja wildlife migration corridor, home to over 50 species of mammals.

@honeyguide_tz @kisongo #moments @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety@nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. A dazzle of zebra (could there be a more perfect word than dazzle for a group of zebra with all their stripes?) gather at the Manyara Ranch Conservancy, a 35,000-acre conservancy just north of Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and set against the towering backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The conservancy lies within the #Kwakuchinja wildlife migration corridor, home to over 50 species of mammals. @honeyguide_tz @kisongo #moments @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety@nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-10-13 21:02:57
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. A herd of #elephants graze in the @SINGITA_  #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. The young elephant on the left has had his trunk cut off because of a snare. Now that elephant struggles to get grass and must bend down on its knees to eat. Snares are ​traps, most often made of wire, that are set out by poachers to catch animals for the illegal bushmeat trade, although it is estimated only 90% of those caught in snares will be used for meat. The rest will be left to rot or are severely wounded, oftentimes unable to feed or hunt. 
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. A herd of #elephants graze in the @SINGITA_ #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. The young elephant on the left has had his trunk cut off because of a snare. Now that elephant struggles to get grass and must bend down on its knees to eat. Snares are ​traps, most often made of wire, that are set out by poachers to catch animals for the illegal bushmeat trade, although it is estimated only 90% of those caught in snares will be used for meat. The rest will be left to rot or are severely wounded, oftentimes unable to feed or hunt. Follow @SINGITA_ to learn more about their important work. #moments #singitagrumetifund @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
2017-10-12 11:57:05
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Five-month-old Nadasoit says hello at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Through my work as a photographer, I have traveled to over 90 countries and captured moments like this, all in search of the perfect story. If you’re dreaming of world travel, join me today at 1pm PST for a live Q/A on @REI’s Facebook. I’ll be standing by ready to answer your questions and share my travel advice. #sponsored #REIadventures

#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Five-month-old Nadasoit says hello at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Through my work as a photographer, I have traveled to over 90 countries and captured moments like this, all in search of the perfect story. If you’re dreaming of world travel, join me today at 1pm PST for a live Q/A on @REI’s Facebook. I’ll be standing by ready to answer your questions and share my travel advice. #sponsored #REIadventures #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-10-11 22:09:12
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. During my time in Africa, I met communities and people who hold 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 is hand-raising at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. After traveling to over 90 countries, photography has become my passport to meeting people, learning and experiencing new cultures. How do I do it? Join me tomorrow at 1pm PST for a live Q/A on @REI’s Facebook page. I’ll be standing by ready to answer your questions and share my travel advice. #sponsored #REIadventures 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @tnc_africa @thephotosociety #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @everydayextinction
Photo by @amivitale. During my time in Africa, I met communities and people who hold 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 is hand-raising at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. After traveling to over 90 countries, photography has become my passport to meeting people, learning and experiencing new cultures. How do I do it? Join me tomorrow at 1pm PST for a live Q/A on @REI’s Facebook page. I’ll be standing by ready to answer your questions and share my travel advice. #sponsored #REIadventures #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @tnc_africa @thephotosociety #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @everydayextinction
2017-10-11 13:30:23
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Today is the day! Help celebrate International Day of the Girl and support the important work @rippleeffectimages does in supporting women and girls around the world by joining their Stay at Home Gala. For each dollar donated, Ripple Effect Images can help their aid beneficiaries raise up to 14 dollars for their programs.  Donate here: http://rippleeffectimages.org/day-of-the-girl-donate/

Here, life in the remote #desert town of Boujbeja, Mali, challenges the Arab Moors who live there but also offers them peace from the rest of the world. Boujbeja means the luck of the desert, but after a severe #drought in 1966, they have been fighting the constant push of the sands and must dig 70 meters under ground to get water.

For the last 18 years I've been working to cover under reported  issues primarily about women, poverty, health and security.  I didn’t realize it when I began but all of these issues are really about our resources and water in particular.  Stories about the land are always stories about people. You cannot talk about one without the other.  I’ve seen firsthand, how women in developing countries bear the greatest burden. #Women and #girls are the primary providers of water, and often spend hours each day hauling water from distant sources.  In drought, they must walk for hours to find water for their families. Some regions of the world face devastating drought conditions, while other regions face rising seas and flooding. 
#photography #womenandgirls #feminism #aid #charity #good #dayofthegirl 
@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikon2dxs #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Today is the day! Help celebrate International Day of the Girl and support the important work @rippleeffectimages does in supporting women and girls around the world by joining their Stay at Home Gala. For each dollar donated, Ripple Effect Images can help their aid beneficiaries raise up to 14 dollars for their programs. Donate here: http://rippleeffectimages.org/day-of-the-girl-donate/ Here, life in the remote #desert town of Boujbeja, Mali, challenges the Arab Moors who live there but also offers them peace from the rest of the world. "Boujbeja" means the luck of the desert, but after a severe #drought in 1966, they have been fighting the constant push of the sands and must dig 70 meters under ground to get water. For the last 18 years I've been working to cover under reported issues primarily about women, poverty, health and security. I didn’t realize it when I began but all of these issues are really about our resources and water in particular. Stories about the land are always stories about people. You cannot talk about one without the other. I’ve seen firsthand, how women in developing countries bear the greatest burden. #Women and #girls are the primary providers of water, and often spend hours each day hauling water from distant sources. In drought, they must walk for hours to find water for their families. Some regions of the world face devastating drought conditions, while other regions face rising seas and flooding. #photography #womenandgirls #feminism #aid #charity #good #dayofthegirl @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikon2dxs #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-10-10 15:34:39
amivitale Thank you to the incredible team at @natgeo for bringing so many of us out last night to see Jane Goodall speak and watch the very moving documentary about her life at @hollywoodbowl with a live orchestra by @philip.glass. She reminds us all that every single one of us can make a difference and that we ALL must #speakup and fight to protect what is left of this incredible planet. Her passion and unrelenting commitment is legendary. She spends 300 days a year on the road running circles around people  half her age. #jane is a powerful reminder of what one person can do. Congratulations to @natgeo team and director  Brett Morgan who used brilliant archival footage from her late husband wildlife photographer Baron Hugo van Lawick. From left, @natgeo explorer @theerikabergman three of my favorite photographers @amytoensing,  @gerdludwig and @michaelnicknichols and me and my monkey.

@natgeocreative #conservation @janegoodallinst  @jane.goodall_ @janegoodallhk
Thank you to the incredible team at @natgeo for bringing so many of us out last night to see Jane Goodall speak and watch the very moving documentary about her life at @hollywoodbowl with a live orchestra by @philip.glass. She reminds us all that every single one of us can make a difference and that we ALL must #speakup and fight to protect what is left of this incredible planet. Her passion and unrelenting commitment is legendary. She spends 300 days a year on the road running circles around people half her age. #jane is a powerful reminder of what one person can do. Congratulations to @natgeo team and director Brett Morgan who used brilliant archival footage from her late husband wildlife photographer Baron Hugo van Lawick. From left, @natgeo explorer @theerikabergman three of my favorite photographers @amytoensing, @gerdludwig and @michaelnicknichols and me and my monkey. @natgeocreative #conservation @janegoodallinst @jane.goodall_ @janegoodallhk
2017-10-09 20:17:22
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Barbara Kingsolver wrote this so eloquently... “When drought parches wells and streams, someone must carry water. When storms bring devastation and disease, someone has to nurse the sick. Climate change hits hardest on the planet’s vulnerable edges. If women hold up half the sky, what do we do when it seems the sky is falling?” You can help @rippleeffectimages, of which I am a proud team member, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as they host an exclusive Stay at Home Gala this to celebrate International Day of the Girl. Join in and learn about the important work Ripple does by visiting http://rippleeffectimages.org/day-of-the-girl-donate/

#photography #womenandgirls #feminism #aid #charity #good #dayofthegirl 
@natgeocreative @thephotosociety@nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter#nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Barbara Kingsolver wrote this so eloquently... “When drought parches wells and streams, someone must carry water. When storms bring devastation and disease, someone has to nurse the sick. Climate change hits hardest on the planet’s vulnerable edges. If women hold up half the sky, what do we do when it seems the sky is falling?” You can help @rippleeffectimages, of which I am a proud team member, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as they host an exclusive Stay at Home Gala this to celebrate International Day of the Girl. Join in and learn about the important work Ripple does by visiting http://rippleeffectimages.org/day-of-the-girl-donate/ #photography #womenandgirls #feminism #aid #charity #good #dayofthegirl @natgeocreative @thephotosociety@nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-10-06 11:03:42
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Join me in one hour, today, Friday, at 12 pm EST on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion where I'll talk about finding meaningful moments that tell a story. This month, I'm curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. (Link to Facebook page in bio.). 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, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. I just returned this week from photographing an incredible story on the conservation efforts there. ​ ​

Follow @SINGITA_ to learn more about their important work.  #moments @SINGITA_#singitagrumetifund @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Join me in one hour, today, Friday, at 12 pm EST on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion where I'll talk about finding meaningful moments that tell a story. This month, I'm curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. (Link to Facebook page in bio.). 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, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. I just returned this week from photographing an incredible story on the conservation efforts there. ​ ​ Follow @SINGITA_ to learn more about their important work. #moments @SINGITA_ #singitagrumetifund @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale
2017-10-05 12:34:06
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Lekupania cares for orphaned giraffes at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) where they are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Sarara has already returned three giraffes to the wild recently but each time a new orphan arrives, out of the blue, the former orphans, who are all grown up and living in the wild, come back to the sanctuary to greet the new orphans as soon as they arrive. They must have some way of communicating and knowing these babies are there? 
This month, I'm curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. Join me tomorrow, Friday, at 12 pm EST on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion where I'll talk about finding meaningful moments, like this one, that tell a story. Link to the @natgeo Magazine Facebook page where the discussion will take place is in my profile.

And you can follow @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)  to support and learn more about their important animal rehabilitation initiatives. 
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5 #photojournalism #amivitale @giraffe_conservation
Photo by @amivitale. Lekupania cares for orphaned giraffes at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) where they are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Sarara has already returned three giraffes to the wild recently but each time a new orphan arrives, out of the blue, the former orphans, who are all grown up and living in the wild, come back to the sanctuary to greet the new orphans as soon as they arrive. They must have some way of communicating and knowing these babies are there? This month, I'm curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. Join me tomorrow, Friday, at 12 pm EST on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion where I'll talk about finding meaningful moments, like this one, that tell a story. Link to the @natgeo Magazine Facebook page where the discussion will take place is in my profile. And you can follow @sararacamp and nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to support and learn more about their important animal rehabilitation initiatives. #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5 #photojournalism #amivitale @giraffe_conservation
 
2017-10-04 13:37:04
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. I’m delighted to share a 360 video I was able to create with baby pandas in Chengdu, China which you can see on YouTube https://youtu.be/0XrH2WO1Mzs (link in profile) or on the @natgeowild Facebook page. It was a privilege to spend time with this very rare, finicky, endangered animal. As soon as I put the 360 degree cameras in the enclosure, the six month old bears would immediately find them and attack! They also loved to climb up my legs and extracting their teeth and claws was sometimes painful but well worth it. 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. 
With only a few thousand in the world, and a national symbol for the Chinese, getting close, without interfering with their biology and conservation, and in a way that is acceptable to their understandably protective minders, was challenging. And in a region where bad environmental news is common, the Giant Panda might prove to be the exception and a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations, and protecting habitat, China may be on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon.

@thephotosociety #sichuan #chengdu #china #pandas #giantpanda #ipanda #conservation
Photo by @amivitale. I’m delighted to share a 360 video I was able to create with baby pandas in Chengdu, China which you can see on YouTube https://youtu.be/0XrH2WO1Mzs (link in profile) or on the @natgeowild Facebook page. It was a privilege to spend time with this very rare, finicky, endangered animal. As soon as I put the 360 degree cameras in the enclosure, the six month old bears would immediately find them and attack! They also loved to climb up my legs and extracting their teeth and claws was sometimes painful but well worth it. 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. With only a few thousand in the world, and a national symbol for the Chinese, getting close, without interfering with their biology and conservation, and in a way that is acceptable to their understandably protective minders, was challenging. And in a region where bad environmental news is common, the Giant Panda might prove to be the exception and a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations, and protecting habitat, China may be on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon. @thephotosociety #sichuan #chengdu #china #pandas #giantpanda #ipanda #conservation
2017-10-03 17:13:27
 
amivitale A young #elephant calf seeks shelter under his mother in the Singita #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. #Singita Grumeti Reserves are an integral part of the #Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. Young calves go under their mothers for a feeling of protection and comfort and, of course, to nurse.  @SINGITA_ #singitagrumetifund #saveelephants #stoppoaching  #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #tanzania #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa
A young #elephant calf seeks shelter under his mother in the Singita #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. #Singita Grumeti Reserves are an integral part of the #Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, the home of the Great Migration. Young calves go under their mothers for a feeling of protection and comfort and, of course, to nurse. @SINGITA_ #singitagrumetifund #saveelephants #stoppoaching #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #tanzania #nikond7500 #photojournalism #amivitale @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa
 
2017-09-30 00:15:23
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Puerto Rico is a place I hold dear in my heart. It has been devastated by Hurricane Maria and needs our help. If you are in a position to give, @newshour has put together a list of charities working to help the territory.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico/

These are orgs they highlighted: @unitedforpuertorico @unicefusa @popdemoc @hispanic_federation @internationalmedicalcorps @oneamericaappeal @catholicreliefservices @americares @directrelief @savethechildren @globalgiving --------------------------------------
@natgeo @natgeocreative@thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove#nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond750 #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Puerto Rico is a place I hold dear in my heart. It has been devastated by Hurricane Maria and needs our help. If you are in a position to give, @newshour has put together a list of charities working to help the territory. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico/ These are orgs they highlighted: @unitedforpuertorico @unicefusa @popdemoc @hispanic_federation @internationalmedicalcorps @oneamericaappeal @catholicreliefservices @americares @directrelief @savethechildren @globalgiving -------------------------------------- @natgeo @natgeocreative@thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond750 #photojournalism #amivitale
2017-09-28 20:12:33
 
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Local school children run in through the grass at Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary (@lewa_wildlife) while on a trip to learn about the wildlife in the area and the environment they share with them. These children and these educational offerings are an important part of the movement of community led conservation happening within the member conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) that inspires love and respect for the animals here.

#DontLetThemDisappear @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #kenya#northernkenya #magicalkenya#whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica#nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond4s #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @amivitale. Local school children run in through the grass at Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary (@lewa_wildlife) while on a trip to learn about the wildlife in the area and the environment they share with them. These children and these educational offerings are an important part of the movement of community led conservation happening within the member conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) that inspires love and respect for the animals here. #DontLetThemDisappear @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond4s #photojournalism #amivitale
 
2017-09-26 00:52:03
amivitale Photo by @amivitale. Bawa puts his trunk in Sosian's mouth. It's a gesture that is reassuring and comforting, like a hug or a handshake for humans. Both elephants are residents of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). 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. Bawa puts his trunk in Sosian's mouth. It's a gesture that is reassuring and comforting, like a hug or a handshake for humans. Both elephants are residents of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). 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
2017-09-24 07:22:10
 
amivitale 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