Photo by @amivitale. A dazzle of zebra (could there be a more perfect word than dazzle for a group of zebra with all their stripes?) gather at the Manyara Ranch Conservancy, a 35,000-acre conservancy just north of Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and set against the towering backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The conservancy lies within the #Kwakuchinja wildlife migration corridor, home to over 50 species of mammals.
Photo by @amivitale. A herd of #elephants graze in the @SINGITA_ #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. The young elephant on the left has had his trunk cut off because of a snare. Now that elephant struggles to get grass and must bend down on its knees to eat. Snares are traps, most often made of wire, that are set out by poachers to catch animals for the illegal bushmeat trade, although it is estimated only 90% of those caught in snares will be used for meat. The rest will be left to rot or are severely wounded, oftentimes unable to feed or hunt.
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Photo by @amivitale. Five-month-old Nadasoit says hello at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Through my work as a photographer, I have traveled to over 90 countries and captured moments like this, all in search of the perfect story. If you’re dreaming of world travel, join me today at 1pm PST for a live Q/A on @REI’s Facebook. I’ll be standing by ready to answer your questions and share my travel advice. #sponsored#REIadventures
Photo by @amivitale. Today is the day! Help celebrate International Day of the Girl and support the important work @rippleeffectimages does in supporting women and girls around the world by joining their Stay at Home Gala. For each dollar donated, Ripple Effect Images can help their aid beneficiaries raise up to 14 dollars for their programs. Donate here: http://rippleeffectimages.org/day-of-the-girl-donate/
Here, life in the remote #desert town of Boujbeja, Mali, challenges the Arab Moors who live there but also offers them peace from the rest of the world. "Boujbeja" means the luck of the desert, but after a severe #drought in 1966, they have been fighting the constant push of the sands and must dig 70 meters under ground to get water.
For the last 18 years I've been working to cover under reported issues primarily about women, poverty, health and security. I didn’t realize it when I began but all of these issues are really about our resources and water in particular. Stories about the land are always stories about people. You cannot talk about one without the other. I’ve seen firsthand, how women in developing countries bear the greatest burden. #Women and #girls are the primary providers of water, and often spend hours each day hauling water from distant sources. In drought, they must walk for hours to find water for their families. Some regions of the world face devastating drought conditions, while other regions face rising seas and flooding. #photography#womenandgirls#feminism#aid#charity#good#dayofthegirl
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Thank you to the incredible team at @natgeo for bringing so many of us out last night to see Jane Goodall speak and watch the very moving documentary about her life at @hollywoodbowl with a live orchestra by @philip.glass. She reminds us all that every single one of us can make a difference and that we ALL must #speakup and fight to protect what is left of this incredible planet. Her passion and unrelenting commitment is legendary. She spends 300 days a year on the road running circles around people half her age. #jane is a powerful reminder of what one person can do. Congratulations to @natgeo team and director Brett Morgan who used brilliant archival footage from her late husband wildlife photographer Baron Hugo van Lawick. From left, @natgeo explorer @theerikabergman three of my favorite photographers @amytoensing, @gerdludwig and @michaelnicknichols and me and my monkey.
Photo by @amivitale. Barbara Kingsolver wrote this so eloquently... “When drought parches wells and streams, someone must carry water. When storms bring devastation and disease, someone has to nurse the sick. Climate change hits hardest on the planet’s vulnerable edges. If women hold up half the sky, what do we do when it seems the sky is falling?” You can help @rippleeffectimages, of which I am a proud team member, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as they host an exclusive Stay at Home Gala this to celebrate International Day of the Girl. Join in and learn about the important work Ripple does by visiting http://rippleeffectimages.org/day-of-the-girl-donate/
Photo by @amivitale. Join me in one hour, today, Friday, at 12 pm EST on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion where I'll talk about finding meaningful moments that tell a story. This month, I'm curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. (Link to Facebook page in bio.). Here, #wildebeest migrating towards rainfall and greener pastures, have returned from the Masai Mara National Reserve in their southward trek to their calving grounds on the shortgrass plains of the #Serengeti ecosystem to Singita #Grumeti Reserves, a conservatory adjacent to Serengeti National Park in #Tanzania. I just returned this week from photographing an incredible story on the conservation efforts there.
Photo by @amivitale. Lekupania cares for orphaned giraffes at Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) where they are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Sarara has already returned three giraffes to the wild recently but each time a new orphan arrives, out of the blue, the former orphans, who are all grown up and living in the wild, come back to the sanctuary to greet the new orphans as soon as they arrive. They must have some way of communicating and knowing these babies are there?
This month, I'm curating the @natgeo #YourShot assignment, Chasing Moments. Join me tomorrow, Friday, at 12 pm EST on @natgeo's Facebook live discussion where I'll talk about finding meaningful moments, like this one, that tell a story. Link to the @natgeo Magazine Facebook page where the discussion will take place is in my profile.
Photo by @amivitale. I’m delighted to share a 360 video I was able to create with baby pandas in Chengdu, China which you can see on YouTube https://youtu.be/0XrH2WO1Mzs (link in profile) or on the @natgeowild Facebook page. It was a privilege to spend time with this very rare, finicky, endangered animal. As soon as I put the 360 degree cameras in the enclosure, the six month old bears would immediately find them and attack! They also loved to climb up my legs and extracting their teeth and claws was sometimes painful but well worth it. It’s hard to imagine, but these animals were once as mythical and elusive as Bigfoot. They have been around for millions of years, but were only made known to the western world within the last century. The first panda was captured alive only in 1936.
With only a few thousand in the world, and a national symbol for the Chinese, getting close, without interfering with their biology and conservation, and in a way that is acceptable to their understandably protective minders, was challenging. And in a region where bad environmental news is common, the Giant Panda might prove to be the exception and a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations, and protecting habitat, China may be on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador and in the process put the wild back into an icon.
Photo by @amivitale. Puerto Rico is a place I hold dear in my heart. It has been devastated by Hurricane Maria and needs our help. If you are in a position to give, @newshour has put together a list of charities working to help the territory.
Photo by @amivitale. Local school children run in through the grass at Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary (@lewa_wildlife) while on a trip to learn about the wildlife in the area and the environment they share with them. These children and these educational offerings are an important part of the movement of community led conservation happening within the member conservancies of the Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) that inspires love and respect for the animals here.