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Ami Vitale  Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. See most recent story on new community run elephant sanctuary in Kenya here:

https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Photo by @amivitale. Imagine the magic inside.. Day three of @natgeoexpeditions photo workshop in Prague. Working with 21 amazing kiddos and three phenomenal photogs who are making it all possible. Enormous thanks to @czechpressphoto for hosting us today. @smland81 @whitneytravels and @alexmilantracy #natgeostudentexpeditions @nikonusa @nikoneurope @natgeo @petrjosek @jansibik @michalnovotnyphoto #prague @natgeotravel #czechmade

Photo by @amivitale.com. I'm in Prague this week teaching 21 incredible kids the power of stories for @natgeoexpeditions
I could not do it alone and have three of the best with me. Follow them at @alexmilantracy
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And if interested in some more great Czech photographers, follow @jansibik @czechphotocentre @petrjosek @czechpressphoto @michalnovotnyphoto @kratochvil_antonin
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Photo by @amivitale. A lot has changed since my first trip to Prague back in 1991 just after the Velvet Revolution. I was here when the last Soviet troops pulled out and just after dissident/poet/playwright Vaclav Havel was made President of the former Czechoslovakia. He was instrumental in dismantling the Warsaw Pact and was an environmentalist and humanitarian. I came back in 1997 and lived here for three years where I learned to be a journalist from some of the most legendary photographers and writers. So much gratitude and love to them. I'm here for the next two weeks teaching for @natgeoexpeditions and feeling sentimental as I walk the same streets where I witnessed great courage and spirit to end 41 years of one-party rule. Follow @jansibik, one of the greatest living Czech photographers!

Photo by @amivitale. Giraffe on the move at Loisaba Wildlife Conservancy (@loisaba_conservancy) in Northern Kenya. Scientists say the giraffe population continues to decrease, with a little over 95,000 individuals now left in their native habitats. That is a 40 percent drop over 20 years, sparking concern that if the trend continues, these iconic animals could become extinct in the wild within a generation. The decline is believed to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation coupled with poaching, but because there have been no long-term conservation efforts, it is hard to know what is really happening and how best to inform communities, conservationists and decision-makers.
Seemingly ubiquitous, it turns out we know very little about giraffe behavior — how they live, where they move and even why their necks are so long. I accompanied conservationist David O'Connor (@doconnor16 ) of San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo) and Dr. Julian Fennessy, director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (@giraffe_conservation), along with veterinarian Mathew Mutinda and a team from Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifeservice) as they attached tiny, solar-powered satellite tracker to the ossicone (boney, horn-like structures atop their heads) of 11 giraffes. Knowing which areas are vital to giraffe at different times of year and how they move across the landscape is essential to ensuring their survival. The hope is to use these exciting new insights to assist communities and conservancies at the frontiers of conservation to continue to save these towering icons of Africa. If it works, the horizon may be bright for these giraffe, and the people with whom they share their landscapes. 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!
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Video by @amivitale. A baby elephant takes a splash in the cooling mud at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Elephants cover themselves in mud as a shield against the harsh sun and the rescued elephants being cared for at Reteti are instinctively teaching each other many of these useful skills. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby @sararacamp to learn more about these initiatives and help support their work!

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Video by @amivitale. A mother elephant with her baby near Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. Lewa is a model for sustainable conservation in the region and is home to several hundred elephants, depending on the time of year and migration. Elephant populations in the area are threatened by poaching but also drought and environmental conditions. While orphaned elephants discovered by the community used to be transported hundreds of miles away to Kenya's only elephant orphanage near Nairobi, now nearby Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) can rehabilitate baby elephants in order to reunite them with their wild herds. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow @lewa_wildlife @nrt_kenya @r.e.s.c.u.e and @sararacamp to learn more about these initiatives and help support their work!

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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Scientists wrangle a tranquilized giraffe to quickly attach a tiny, solar-powered satellite tracker to the ossicone (the horn-like structures atop the giraffe's head). The giraffe was not injured and is doing well. These GPS trackers will gain critical insight into reticulated giraffes’ preferred habitat, their home ranges, and more, in order to bolster long-term efforts to stop the "silent extinction" of giraffe. 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 to #savegiraffes!
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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifeservice) rangers tranquilize a reticulated giraffe in order to tag and collar the giraffe so scientists can track its movements. They move fast and the giraffe is back on its feet quickly. They hope to learn much more about giraffe behavior in the coming years in order to stop the "silent extinction" of the world's tallest animal. In early June, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global (@sandiegozoo), (@doconnor16)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 to #savegiraffes!
@lewa_wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #giraffe #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #ecotourism #natgeolodges #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond5s #photojournalism #amivitale

Photo by @amivitale. The Mathews Range of Northern Kenya is home to forests of cycads and juniper as well as elephants, giraffes and other large mammals. These sky islands are surrounded by plains and nested in the southern corner is the 850,000 acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, managed by the local Samburu community.
You can aid the conservation work happening here by visiting Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) and supporting organizations working directly with the local communities.
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Happy #InternationalKissingDay! Fupi loves to give kisses at Sarara Camp. He will go back to the wild once strong enough to survive on his own. Until then if you visit Sarara, you can meet this lovely fella. 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. And the reticulated giraffe populations have dropped an estimated 70 percent in 15 years and the estimated number is now about 8,000.
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Photo by @amivitale. Wildlife keeper Kamara has spent 10 years at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) and is an expert in caring for orphaned animals, from baby rhinos to lions and now he is working at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) where he is raising an orphaned baby rhino but also gives love to the elephants when they need it. The team will work to rehabilitate these orphaned and abandoned elephants and reunite them with their wild herds. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby @sararacamp to support and learn more about these initiatives.
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Photo by @amivitale. After Samburu warriors discovered two-week old elephant Kinya stuck in a well, they called in wildlife keepers from Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. The rangers waited overnight with the baby in the hope that her family may return to find her, but eventually transported her to Reteti for safekeeping. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69

Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby @sararacamp to support and learn more about these initiatives.
@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

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