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Ami Vitale  Ami Vitale is National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, speaker and Nikon ambassador. New book- Panda Love: the secret life of pandas

Video by @amivitale. Happy 2nd Anniversary Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e)! To celebrate, mud hole fun for everyone. Here, Shaba tries to playfully squish Nadasoit. Nadasoit arrived at Reteti when she was only 2-weeks-old. As she began to get stronger, she became one of the first orphans that proxy matriach Shaba took under her wing. Shaba was constantly with Nadasoit and Nadasoit was constantly with Shaba. Today, now that Nadasoit's a big strong 2-year-old elephant, she's adopted the nurturing traits of Shaba, and both constantly care for and help those younger than they are.
It has been an amazing privilege to witness Nadasoit's transformation, the transformation of Shaba and Nadasoit's relationship and the transformation of Reteti as it has gone from being a tiny refuge for orphaned and abandoned elephant calves to a world renowned facility that has helped rescue and nurture more than 34 elephant calves while driving the growth of all important community based conservation throughout northern Kenya in just two short years. Thank you for following along on this journey and supporting Reteti every step of the way.

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Photo by @amivitale. Little Loijipu gives wildlife keeper Kamara a sniff at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). The sanctuary is home several species of endangered wildlife, including black rhinos like Loijipu, who arrived at @r.e.s.c.u.e when he was only 2 days old. Loijipu thrived during his time at Reteti, where he was cared for by three dedicated keepers. In July the sanctuary began the process of reintroducing him to the wild, transferring him to the #SeraConservancy, where he was found and where his mother still lives.

In honor of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, I am sharing some of my favorite images of these magnificent, ancient creatures. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them.

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Photo by @amivitale. This World Rhino Day, we can’t allow another species or subspecies to go extinct. Here, Sudan is comforted by keeper Joseph Wachira (@wachira.joseph), moments before he passed away March 19, 2018, in northern Kenya. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) after he was brought to Kenya from @safari_park_dvur_kralove in the #CzechRepublic in 2009. He died surrounded by people who loved him at @olpejeta after suffering from age-related complications. The two female northern white rhinos left on the planet are his direct descendants.
If there is meaning in Sudan’s passing, it’s that all hope is not lost. This can be our wake-up call. In a world of more than 7 billion people, we must see ourselves as part of the landscape. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them.

Check out my story today to learn about the recent transfer of Eric, an eastern black rhino, from @sandiegozoo to @grumetifund. Only 750 eastern black rhino remain in the world.
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Photo by @amivitale. Here is a powerful example of the work being done to save these incredible creatures. In 2014, I witnessed a group of Samburu warriors encounter a rhino for the first time in their lives at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). None of the warriors had ever seen a rhino in the their life and some had never even seen a photo of a rhino. Their eyes got wide and they became very protective of them. The young warriors from Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) community conservancies have been visiting to learn about conservation practices such as sustainable land use, grazing programs and endangered species conservation. Much-needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife, but very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the frontlines of the poaching wars. The Nature Conservancy in Africa (@nature_africa), @nrt_kenya and @lewa_wildlife are doing incredible work to strengthen these communities, who hold the key to saving Africa's great animals.
In honor of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, I am sharing some of my favorite images of these magnificent, ancient creatures. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them.

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Photo by @amivitale. A keeper feeds three orphaned baby rhinos at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in #Kenya. Animals here receive dedicated, constant care from their keepers, who look after their health and help prepare them for life in the wild. Indigenous communities are on the front lines of the fight against poaching and landscape destruction, making them the best protectors of the endangered wildlife around them.

In honor of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, I am sharing some of my favorite images of these magnificent, ancient creatures. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them.

Keep an eye on my stories - I’m working on a special mystery project this week and will reveal more soon.

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Photo by @amivitale. Eric, an 8 year old eastern black rhino is translocated 10,000 miles, across 5 countries over 68 hours, from the San Diego Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) in California to the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. He is part of a project to increase the population of critically endangered black rhino within the greater Serengeti ecosystem. There are less than 750 Eastern Black Rhino left in the wild. Eric was moved because his genetics are overrepresented in the captive rhinos in the United States but will be an important boost to the existing rhinos in the Serengeti ecosystem and east Africa.
The project is run by the Singita Grumeti Fund (@grumetifund), a non-profit in the western Serengeti, which is working with the Tanzanian government to conserve wildlife and to boost the local population of black rhino in their native habitat. Eric joins a female eastern black rhino already living at Singita Grumeti. Their introduction to each other and hopeful breeding success forms the first phase of this exciting new black rhino expansion project.

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Photo by @amivitale. Kamara is nuzzled by black rhino Kilifi who he hand-raised along with two other baby rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. Kamara spends 12 hours every day watching over the vulnerable orphaned animals. This area was once home to one of the densest black rhino populations. Today, most locals have never seen a rhino in their life, despite it being the most perfect habitat for them. In just 2 generations this animal was poached almost to extinction. These communities and people like Kamara hold the key to saving Africa's great animals.

In honor of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, I am sharing some of my favorite images of these magnificent, ancient creatures. Together we can work to save them - visit and support the communities that protect them.

Keep an eye on my stories - I’m working on a special mystery project this week and will reveal more soon.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nikonusa @sandiegozoo @sdzsafaripark @nature_africa @synology.official #WorthMoreAlive #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #africa #everydayafrica #worldrhinoday #photojournalism #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonambassadors #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Meet a handful of the keepers who nurse orphaned baby elephant back to health and care for them as they prepare to return to the wild. When an elephant arrives, they stay with them around the clock, dedicatedly nursing that calf back to health. When they do well, the whole community celebrates. When calves struggle, the community frets. All of these men and women are heroes who understand the value elephants bring to the landscape and their community. Elephants are ecosystem “engineers” who feed on low brush and bulldoze small trees, promoting growth of grasses, which in turn attract more wildlife to the area. More grass also means more food for the Samburu's cattle - when elephants thrive, so do people. Reteti is 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 community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @magicalkenya @synology.official #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassadors #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Shaba, the proxy matriarch, teaches all the babies to browse in the wild. After her mother was killed by poachers, Shaba was brought to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in 2016. Initially wary of the keepers, Shaba is now an instrumental part of the sanctuary, helping to keep order, teaching the young ones how to navigate steep paths and greeting new orphans with a heartfelt and emotional hello. Shaba guides her fellow elephants as they adapt to life at the sanctuary in addition to helping teach the keepers how to better care for their charges. Reteti is 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 community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @magicalkenya @synology.official #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassadors #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Elephant keeper Joseph feeds Maibae, who was orphaned as a result of disease and rescued at the end of June when he was 6 months old. Joseph, a Samburu warrior turned elephant keeper, is one of the dozens of caretakers Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) which takes in orphaned elephants, nursing and sheltering them until they can be returned to the wild. Reteti is 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 community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @magicalkenya @synology.official #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassadors #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Lots of hungry mouths to feed require lots of hands. Here the nutrition team at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) prepares bottles of the 14 orphaned elephant calves in the care of the sanctuary, a process that is repeated every three hours. Each calf has his or her own particular recipe. In the wild, when calves are teething, their mothers will eat herbs and grasses with pain relieving properties to help alleviate the discomfort of their babies. Because they are from the local community, the nutritionists at Reteti know about these herbs and add them to the bottles of cavles who are teething to help ease their pain.
Reteti is 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 community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa @nrt_kenya @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @magicalkenya @synology.official #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassadors #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @amivitale. Elephants' trunks are a magnificent, multipurpose tool. Their trunks are comprised of over 44,000 muscles and used for eating, drinking, as snorkels and for reassuring other elephants. These sentient giants are nature’s greatest engineers. By eating the trees and brush, they keep the land open and grassy. Without them, other wildlife, people and livestock all suffer.

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) is 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 community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa @nature_africa @magicalkenya @nrt_kenya @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @synology.official #elephant #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassadors #photojournalism #amivitale

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