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Conservation International  Check out our latest virtual reality experience ‘My Africa’ online around the world today.

Trond Larsen, Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program Director, traveled to the remote La Mosquitia, Honduras on an exploration in search of the rumored lost city, City of the Monkey God. And what he uncovered was a conservationist’s equivalent to treasure: a pristine ecosystem untouched by humans since long before Columbus arrived in the Americas, filled with many species so rare some were even thought extinct. Click the link in our bio to learn more about Trond’s journey deep into this untouched environment and witness some of the first images released to the public.

“The instant we help the natural world, it pays us back 1000 times over.”
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@ConservationOrg is proud to partner with @DaveMatthewsBand to take a stand for elephants and for community-based conservation. $10 to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r.e.s.c.u.e ) and you’ll be entered to win a luxury safari in Kenya, a trip to see Dave in concert VIP, and a chance to see your donation at work with a visit to Reteti.
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Reteti Elephant Sanctuary 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 who provide critical operational support and work to scale the community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide.
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Film by @AmiVital with @danehenrydigital and @BrettLowell.

In honor of World Turtle Day, we explore a state-of-the-art program tagging sea turtles trekking across the Pacific Ocean. #WorldTurtleDay

If you’ve never visited the Amazon, the world’s most famous forest may inspire visions of dense, pristine trees, thundering waterfalls and wildlife galore. And in fact, you’d be right. Housing 10% of the world’s known species, the Amazon hosts the richest biodiversity (the variety of species and ecosystems that comprise all life on earth) of any ecosystem on the planet.
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People near and far rely on Amazonia’s ecosystems, but despite the crucial services it provides, ongoing deforestation and climate change threaten to permanently alter this massive system. Today, International Day of Biological Diversity, it is important to spotlight efforts to prevent irreversible damage to Amazonia’s rich biodiversity, and the steps we have taken here at @ConservationOrg to figure out what parts of Amazonia we can’t afford to lose and areas that must be prioritized for conservation. Click the link in our bio to learn more.
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#IntlBiodiversityDay

The Bird's Head Seascape has the richest marine biodiversity in the world and one of the most compelling #conservation victories. The area is home to Indonesia's first #shark and #mantaray sanctuary, and this led to #Indonesia designating all its territorial waters as a manta sanctuary - the largest in the world.

Innovation is aiding conservation in Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest. Despite the area’s protected status, illegal farming and logging still occur in this swath of forest in the Amazon River basin, and people are routinely caught and fined. But now drones are being used to successfully catch the culprits, sparing rangers from traveling to potentially dangerous areas while still enabling them to catch illegal activity.

Today people around the world tuned in to the #RoyalWedding to celebrate love, so what better time to also celebrate our love for one thing we all certainly have in common - Mother Nature. People need nature to survive no matter where in the world they call home, so take a second today to stop, take a deep breath, look around, and appreciate everything Mother Nature has to offer.

Humans need nature to survive, but so do many endangered species. We can help protect threatened animal populations if we take steps to understand the threats against them and protect their natural habitats. #EndangeredSpeciesDay

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Photo by @amivitale. Dave Matthews (@davematthewsband) plays his song “Mother of Africa” with his friend, Robert Lemaian, at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya. I met Dave in the middle of a blizzard at Standing Rock in North Dakota last year and by some small miracle, he agreed to come to the elephant sanctuary and allow me make a short film. Dave has tirelessly worked as an advocate for conservation efforts and contributed large sums to peacefully proactive environmentalist groups. Go see him if you can. Not only is his music beautiful but he is an authentically awesome human being.
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya 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. You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti for a chance to win a trip to Kenya, see Dave Matthews in concert and take home a Rockbridge Guitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave. @prizeo (Link in profile). Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). 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.
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While the UK is introducing one of the world's toughest ivory bans, and China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are strengthening their own bans, the US is taking steps backwards, to ease the import of so called “elephant trophies.” Dave Matthews Band (@davematthewsband) is taking a stand for the elephants and for community based conservation. Watch this new video of Dave and his incredible song “Mother of Africa” at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) - and then make a $10 contribution to support the sanctuary, and enter to win a chance at a luxury safari to Kenya and see Dave in concert with @prizeo (link in profile). Not only will you be helping care for baby elephants, you’ll also be entered to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). Reteti Elephant Sanctuary 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.
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Film by @amivitale @danehenrydigital @brettlowell.
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@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrich @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya#northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador

With a responsibility for 10% of the world’s ocean surface, 23 Pacific countries and territories came together to form the Pacific Oceanscape. This framework was put in place in order to protect, manage and sustain the Pacific Ocean’s cultural and natural integrity. Here at @ConservationOrg, we work hand-in-hand with these communities and governments across the #Pacific to conserve critical habitats in the region, including islands, coasts and the open #ocean.

The Mathews Mountain Range was once one of the most heavily poached areas in Kenya. But the communities once in conflict with wildlife, now help them thrive through the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary @r.e.s.c.u.e . See more of Reteti through our latest VR experience #MyAfrica, click the link in our bio to watch now.

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