Ami Vitale@amivitale

Ami Vitale is National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, speaker and Nikon ambassador. All print sale profits go to support wildlife conservation.

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Mike Learka gives some loving to Nadasoit on the left and little Lemorijo, orphaned elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya. What’s happening at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.

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. 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, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @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.
Photo by @amivitale.

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Dave Matthews (@davematthewsband) is not only an incredible musician and a conservationist who has championed so many important causes, but he is incredibly FUNNY! Watch this spontaneous riff he did while visiting us in Kenya to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), and all the amazing people there making it possible. I'm so grateful to him for using his superpowers for GOOD!
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. 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, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @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.
@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrichproductions
@danehenrydigital @brettlowell
@novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Wild elephants drink water at the #Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, home to Africa’s second largest population of elephants and according to the latest census, that population has grown by 12% since 2012 while poaching has fallen.
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. 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, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @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.
@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Samburu Robert Lemaian and his friends greet Dave Matthews (@davematthewsband) as he arrives at #Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. These men are leaders in the community-led conservation movement in northern Kenya which is changing the landscape for wildlife here and around the world.
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. 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, take home @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @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.
Photo by @amivitale.

@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Wild elephants make their way through the shrubby landscape of the #Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. The conservancy surrounds the Mathews Range and serves as a critical wildlife refuge for many species, including giraffe, gerenuk, leopard, African wild dog, impala, greater kudu and many bird species. It is particularly important for elephant as they move seasonally between the Mathews Range and the Mt. Kenya and Ngare Ndare Forest, a route they have been using for decades. According to the most recent census, there are over 7,000 elephants in the region, an increase of 12% over the past 5 years.
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. 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, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @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.
@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Today is Endangered Species Day, a day to redouble our efforts to protect and fight for the world's most vulnerable animals. We must begin to see ourselves as part of the landscape of this planet. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals.

In addition to caring for orphaned elephants, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) also cares for orphaned giraffe, endangered Grevy’s Zebra and the black rhino Loijipu. Black rhinos are critically endangered because of rising demand for their horns. Loijipu arrived at the sanctuary when he was only two days old - the size of a dinner plate. Through Reteti's loving, dedicated care, Loijipu has thrived. Today, he’s a sweet and spirited rhino who has grown strong and will soon be re-introduced into the wild where Reteti hopes he can reunite with his mother.
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 @davematthewsband in concert, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit with @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.

@danehenry @brettlowell @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya


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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. It launched yesterday. (Link in profile - watch it now!). 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, take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave and receive a @nikonusa D7500 18-300mm VR Lens Kit via @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.
@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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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.
Film by @amivitale @danehenrydigital @brettlowell.

@nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @lewa_wildlife @sandiegozoo @tusk_org @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya @tourismkenya @coreyrichproductions @novusselect #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Two very exciting announcements are coming tomorrow, May 16. Be on the lookout!

Here, #flamingos fly in the skies above Lake Logipi, a saline, alkaline lake that lies in the remote and arid Suguta Valley in the northern Kenya Rift. Despite their seeming abundance, they are listed as near threatened due to declining numbers and scarce breeding sites, all of which face some threat.

@magicalkenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @nrt_kenya @tropicairkenya @tourismkenya #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #lake #bird #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Photo by @amivitale. I have two big announcements coming this Wednesday connected to this place I love!
Here, clouds reflect on Lake Logipi, on a flawless day in northern Kenya. The #lake, saline, alkaline, lies in the remote and arid #Suguta Valley in the northern #Kenya Rift. Hot springs discharge on its northern and southern shorelines and it is separated from Lake Turkana by a group of young volcanos that erupted as recently as the early 20th century.
@magicalkenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @nrt_kenya @tropicairkenya @tourismkenya #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Photo by @amivitale. Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is seen from the Mathews Range Mountains. #Namunyak's 850,000 acres contain higher populations of large mammals than any other landscape (protected or unprotected) in Kenya, including the second-largest elephant population in the country, with more than 7,000 individuals. Conservation efforts here are focusing on both preventing habitat loss and stopping the spread of poaching, lead by the local communities.

#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @magicalkenya @tourismkenya #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador @natgeocreative @natgeo


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Photo by @amivitale. Friends in San Jose, CA! I'm speaking TONIGHT, MAY 9 at the Hammer Theatre (@hammertheatrecenter) delivering the talk "Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions with @natgeo Live. There are still a handful of tickets left. I'd love to see you there! (Link in profile)

Here, a wild elephant at midnight comes to a watering hole near @sararacamp. She arrived with a herd of babies.

Traditionally elephants have been active during the day, and rested at night. Today though, elephants have become increasingly nocturnal as a means to evade poachers, a recent study showed. Females traveling with calves are particularly likely to make this shift to night.

Happily, community based conservation in Northern Kenya is having an impact and the people who live here are becoming the greatest protectors of the elephants. According to the Great Elephant Census, the proportion of illegally killed elephants in Northern Rangeland Trust (@nrt_kenya) member community conservancies has fallen 53% since 2012.
Read my story in the August issue of @Natgeo and follow @amivitale @sararacamp and nearby @r.e.s.c.u.e to support and learn more about these initiatives.
#DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikond7500


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