Ami Vitale (@amivitale) — Ami Vitale is a @natgeo  photographer, filmmaker, @nikonusa  ambassador and author of Panda Love: the Secret Life of Pandas. Win a safari with me at:
Photo by @amivitale. An orphaned southern white rhino rests at Ol Pejeta Conserv
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Photo by @amivitale. An orphaned southern white rhino rests at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) in northern Kenya. At the end of the 19th century, only one population of 20-50 southern white rhinos remained, in South Africa. Today, thanks to one of the most successful collective conservation efforts of the century, they number 20,000 and are found in East and South Africa. They were introduced at @olpejeta in 2005 and today @olpejeta cares for 30 of them. Their presence helped make @olpejeta an ideal spot for the translocation of the last northern white rhinos. Introducing the newly arrived northern white rhinos to random groups of wild southern white rhinos in their natural environment inspired the long-time zoo dwelling inhabitants to find their wild roots. Over time, natural traits became more prominent - even motivating the northern white to begin mating. You can help support the incredible @olpejeta. For a contribution of just $10, you'll have a chance to WIN a guided trip with me here, Kenya’s @olpejeta. (Link in Profile). You'll have the chance to meet Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos in the world, and the incredible people who care for them. You will also get a brand new @Nikonusa Z 6 and 24-70mm f/4 S lens to capture every unforgettable moment. A trailblazer for conservation, @olpejeta also houses the largest black rhino population in East Africa, and is home to elephants, lions, giraffe, zebra and much more. For a contribution of just $10, you can help support the work that will preserve these animals for generations to come and hopefully win the trip of a lifetime for yourself and a friend. Enter at omaze.com/rhinos (link in profile). @nrt_kenya@nature_africa@tusk_org@kenyawildlifeservice@thephotosociety@natgeo#LastManStanding#SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive#OlPejetaRhinos#NorthernWhiteRhinos#protectrhinos#DontLetThemDisappear#rhinos#saverhinos#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#natureisspeaking#amivitale
20.02.2019 18:47:31
Photo by @amivitale. Congratulations to @natgeo on reaching 100 million follower
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Photo by @amivitale. Congratulations to @natgeo on reaching 100 million followers! Thank you to @natgeo and everyone who followers them for giving us this platform to share the issues that mean the most to us. Last year, followers like you, made this photo of Sudan's final moments with his keeper @wachira.joseph at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) the second most popular photo on the feed. You made this moment a rallying point, and showed your determination to use this as a wake up call of our shared humanity and planet. When we see ourselves as part of the landscape and part of nature, then saving nature is really about saving ourselves. As a thank you for your support, @natgeo is having a photo contest for the next 11 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Check out my story today for more details. Good luck! @nrt_kenya@nature_africa@tusk_org@kenyawildlifeservice@thephotosociety@natgeo#LastManStanding#SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive#OlPejetaRhinos#NorthernWhiteRhinos#protectrhinos#DontLetThemDisappear#rhinos#saverhinos#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#d850#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#natureisspeaking#amivitale
20.02.2019 03:45:39
Photo by @amivitale. @Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are ha
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Photo by @amivitale.@Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Check out my story today for more details. Good luck! #pandamonium@natgeo@thephotosociety@nikonusa#sichuan#china#amivitale#nikon#d4s#nikonlove#nikonnofilter#climatechange#conservation#savetheplanet#panda#pandas#babypanda#ipanda#giantpanda#nikonambassadors
19.02.2019 15:12:15
Photo by @amivitale. Friends in Prague - come join me! I'm thrilled to announce
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Photo by @amivitale. Friends in Prague - come join me! I'm thrilled to announce that I have an exhibit at Czech Photo (@czechphotocz) entitled Hope | Extinction opening on Feb. 27. Drawing from 10 years of my photography on conservation issues, the exhibit will include photographs of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), Panda breeding successes and the last of the Northern White Rhinos, who themselves were transported from the Czech Zoo @safariparkdvurkralove to @olpejeta Conservancy in Kenya. In addition to still photography, I will be giving an artists's talk at the Feb. 27 opening and showing my VR work. The show is kicking off the new Czech Photo Nature competition for Czech and Slovak photographers. Learn more and make plans to join me at czechphoto.org. The show runs until April 7. @sararacamp@kenyawildlifeservice@thephotosociety@natgeo#protectgiraffes#DontLetThemDisappear#giraffes#savegiraffes#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#natureisspeaking#conservation#amivitale
18.02.2019 16:15:00
Photo by @amivitale. Today, I'm sharing an image of Rudy Jacobs and Abdul Baasit
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Photo by @amivitale. Today, I'm sharing an image of Rudy Jacobs and Abdul Baasit Gaffoor who are part of the Minstrel band the Street Kings in the Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town! Thank you to @volofu and @sbstownshipdevelopment who worked with me on this incredibly inspiring shoot for @NikonUSA. It was a privilege to meet so many people who shared their lives as I was trying out the new #NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S in South Africa. This lens is my go to lens. The best technology is the stuff that is almost invisible. It's fast, light and sharp. Good technology should never come in between you and your story. It helps you and enhances your story and ideally it should disappear. Hear more about my reaction to this new lens and see work I shot with it at bit.ly/AmiNIKKORZ @thephotosociety@natgeoimagecollection#southafrica#capetown#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#z7#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#nikonlove#amivitale
16.02.2019 21:35:53
Photo by @amivitale. A father carries his two daughters along the beach in Cape
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Photo by @amivitale. A father carries his two daughters along the beach in Cape Town, South Africa. Despite the water's chilly temperatures, the beach is still a focal point for both locals and tourists. I was lucky enough to go to South Africa just recently to test the brand new @nikonusa#NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S. If I can only have one lens, this is it for me. Hear more about my reactions to this new lens and see more work from it at bit.ly/AmiNIKKORZ @thephotosociety@natgeoimagecollection#southafrica#capetown#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#z7#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#nikonlove#amivitale
15.02.2019 16:32:52
Photo by @amivitale. Love is everywhere ❤ Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hop
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Photo by @amivitale. Love is everywhere ❤ Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hope you're having a spectacular day, wherever you may be. This photo was taken in Cape Town, South Africa and when I saw the outside of this home, I knew I had to meet the people who lived inside. Just like their home, they radiate so much love. This wonderful woman and her family, the Stoutz's, let me into their lives as I was testing out the brand new @nikonusa#NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S. I am so grateful to all the people who share so much with strangers and remind me of the magic and connection we have to one another. If I can only have one lens, this is it for me. Hear more about my reactions to this new lens at bit.ly/AmiNIKKORZ @thephotosociety@natgeoimagecollection#southafrica#capetown#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#z7#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#amivitale
14.02.2019 17:58:10
Photo by @amivitale. A baby southern white rhino, surveys the landscape at Ol Pe
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Photo by @amivitale. A baby southern white rhino, surveys the landscape at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) in northern Kenya. @olpejeta cares for 30 near threatened southern white rhinos and 110 critically endangered black rhinos, the most housed by any sanctuary in East Africa. You could WIN a chance to visit! For a contribution of just $10, you'll get a chance to win a guided trip with me here, Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta). In additional to seeing southern white rhinos and black rhinos, you'll have the chance to meet Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos in the world, and the incredible people who care for them. You will also get a brand new @Nikonusa Z 6 and 24-70mm f/4 S lens to capture every unforgettable moment. A trailblazer for conservation, Ol Pejeta is also home to elephants, lions, giraffe, zebra and much more. For a contribution of just $10, you can help support the work that will preserve these animals for generations to come and hopefully win the trip of a lifetime for yourself and a friend. Contribute& enter at Omaze.com/rhinos (link in profile) @nrt_kenya@nature_africa@tusk_org@kenyawildlifeservice@thephotosociety@natgeo#LastManStanding#SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive#OlPejetaRhinos#NorthernWhiteRhinos#protectrhinos#DontLetThemDisappear#rhinos#saverhinos#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#d4s#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#natureisspeaking#amivitale
14.02.2019 01:17:33
Photo by @amivitale. Fatu, one of the last northern white rhinos alive on the pl
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Photo by @amivitale. Fatu, one of the last northern white rhinos alive on the planet, nuzzles her keeper, James Mwenda, @jemu_mwenda at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta). You can help support this vital place. For a contribution of just $10, you'll get a chance to WIN a guided trip with me here, Kenya’s @olpejeta. You'll have the chance to meet Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos in the world, and the incredible people who care for them. You will also get a brand new @Nikonusa Z 6 and 24-70mm f/4 S lens to capture every unforgettable moment. A trailblazer for conservation, @olpejeta also houses the largest black rhino population in East Africa, and is home to elephants, lions, giraffe, zebra and much more. For a contribution of just $10, you can help support the work that will preserve these animals for generations to come and hopefully win the trip of a lifetime for yourself and a friend. Enter at omaze.com/rhinos (link in profile). Fatu is the granddaughter of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino who passed away in March due to age-related complications. They were brought to Kenya from @safariparkdvurkralove in the #Czechrepublic in 2009. We are witnessing extinction on our watch and must help them by speaking out and supporting conservation efforts worldwide, especially among the indigenous communities who are on the front lines every day against poaching. In a world of 7 billion, we need to start recognizing that we are not separate from nature. When we see ourselves as part of the landscape and part of nature, then saving nature is really about saving ourselves. The fate of these animals is linked to our own fate and seeing ourselves as part of the landscape and part of nature is also about saving all of humanity. We all must get involved. @nrt_kenya@nature_africa@tusk_org@kenyawildlifeservice@thephotosociety@natgeo#LastManStanding#SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive#OlPejetaRhinos#NorthernWhiteRhinos#protectrhinos#DontLetThemDisappear#rhinos#saverhinos#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikon#d5#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter#natureisspeaking#amivitale
13.02.2019 00:24:33
Video by @amivitale. An adult elephant herd socializes on the #Namunyak Wildlife
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Video by @amivitale. An adult elephant herd socializes on the #Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. An elephant trunk is comprised of over 44,000 muscles and trunks are used for eating, drinking, as snorkels, for pushing, leading, “shaking hands” and reassuring other elephants. These sentient giants are nature’s great engineers. By voraciously eating the trees and brush, they keep the land open and grassy. Without the elephants, other wildlife, people and livestock all suffer. Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is home to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. Learn more by following @r.e.s.c.u.e and @conservationorg Film by @amivitale with @danehenrydigital and @brettlowell.@nrt_kenya@kenyawildlifeservice@lewa_wildlife@sandiegozoo@tusk_org@thephotosociety@natgeo@natgeoimagecollection@magicalkenya@tourismkenya@coreyrichproductions@novusselect#protectelephants#bekindtoelephants#DontLetThemDisappear#elephants#saveelephants#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#magicalkenya#whyilovekenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#amivitale#nikonusa#nikonlove#nikonnofilter#nikonambassador
11.02.2019 20:52:15
Photo by @chamiltonjames. My friend and fellow @natgeo explorer @chamiltonjames
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Photo by @chamiltonjames. My friend and fellow @natgeo explorer @chamiltonjames is just wrapping up a flash print sale. You have until Monday, Feb. 11 to purchase this photo of Kaiau photographed with a baby black bearded saki monkey at Posto Awã in the Awã Community of Brazil. It was featured on the cover of the August 2018 issue of @natgeo. 25% of profits will go to @rainforestflow - a wonderful NGO that puts fresh drinking water and sanitation into remote communities in the Amazon. Go to alturl.com/tthsq or to the link in @chamiltonjames's profile to purchase your copy today and support this important nonprofit. @natgeo@thephotosociety#amazon#charity#brazil#cleanwater#monkey
09.02.2019 01:40:03
Photo by @amivitale. Meet Fupi (Shorty), an orphaned reticulated giraffe that wa
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Photo by @amivitale. Meet Fupi (Shorty), an orphaned reticulated giraffe that was lovingly cared for by the team at @SararaCamp in northern Kenya. He has returned back to the wild and has integrated with the other wild reticulated giraffe. If you visit, there is a good chance you can meet this lovely fella as he often comes back to check on the people who raised him. Reticulated giraffe have declined by over 55% over the past 30 years, with less than 12,000 adults remaining in the wild. In November 2018, reticulated giraffe were officially listed as “Endangered” but the IUCN Red List. Please follow @sararacamp and the incredible folks at @giraffe_conservation who are working hard to protect these incredible creatures. Also my friend @doconner16 and his work with Twiga Walinzi in northern Kenya. @sdzsafaripark@natgeo@natgeoimagecollection@thephotosociety@nikonusa@conservationorg@r.e.s.c.u.e#giraffe#savegiraffe#kenya#northernkenya#magicalkenya#whyilovekenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#nikonambassador#amivitale
07.02.2019 16:39:01
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