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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Photo by @amivitale. Sixteen year old panda, YeYe and her two-year-old female panda Hua Jiao explore their enclosure at the Wolong Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province, China November 6, 2015. YeYe's 2 year old cub was released at the Liziping National Nature Reserve on November 19, 2015. Hua Jiao is the fifth panda released into the wild over nine years.

My first book, "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas," about these adorable ambassadors was released earlier this month. Currently available signed copies have sold out. However, you can still order a signed copy on backorder. Signed copies will begin shipping again in Sept 2018. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Happy World Giraffe Day! Thanks to @davematthewsband @giraffe_conservation @sandiegozoo and @doconnor16 for all your work.
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.

Here, Dave Matthews (@davematthewsband) takes a #selfie with “Shorty” the reticulated orphaned giraffe and I (@amivitale), oblivious, get a kiss from him instead at @sararacamp & Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) who work to rehabilitate orphaned giraffe and release them back into 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 and another trip to see Dave Matthews in concert. (Link in profile.) Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby giraffe 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 @davematthewsband.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #giraffe


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Photo by @amivitale. 16 year old mother, Ye Ye explore her enclosure at the Wolong China Conservation & Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan Province, China. Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations. Ye Ye’s cub Hua Yan (Pretty Girl) is being trained for release into the wild.

In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process putting the wild back into an icon.

My first book, "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas," about these adorable ambassadors was released earlier this month. Currently available signed copies have sold out. However, you can still order a signed copy on backorder. Signed copies will begin shipping again in Sept 2018. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Photo by @amivitale. A panda cub sleeps at the Bifengxia Giant panda base in Sichuan province. When giant pandas are born, they are tiny, blind, and pink, with very few hairs. The average weight is 100 grams (0.2 pounds), only 1/900 of their mother's weight. To understand how tiny that is, human babies are born 1/20 of their mother's weight.

Chinese scientists and their international counterparts cracked the puzzle of successfully breeding pandas in captivity after decades of disappointment. They are now on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process putting the wild back into an icon.

My first book, "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas," about these adorable ambassadors was released earlier this month. Currently available signed copies have sold out. However, you can still order a signed copy on backorder. Signed copies will begin shipping again in Sept 2018. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Viva Colombia! I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to explore a tiny piece of this magnificent country for the first time and hope to be back much more in the future. Stay tuned later for pix from the trip. Here is Roberta getting a kiss from me, a fine old girl taking Felipe down a mountain in #Colombia.
#Colombia is incredible. Because of its huge range of ecosystems, from snowy mountains to deserts to jungles to beaches, it has the second highest biodiversity in the world. Amazingly, it is home to one of every 10 species on Earth. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Happy Nature Photography Day! Although giant pandas spend most of the day eating and sleeping, they love to climb and play. Here a year-old cub explores the treetops in an enclosure at Wolong Panda Reserve. If it passes tests to gauge its survival skills and instincts, it may be released into the wild.

In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process putting the wild back into an icon.

Thank you to everyone for your support for my first book, "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas," about these adorable ambassadors. Currently available signed copies have sold out. However, you can still order a signed copy on backorder. Signed copies will begin shipping again in Sept 2018. (Link in profile.) #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Thank you to everyone for your interest in and support for my first book. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. All currently available signed copies of "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas" have sold out. However, signed copies are available via backorder. You can still place an order. Signed copies will begin shipping again in Sept 2018. Or, if you prefer an unsigned copy, you can place an order and let us know your preference, and we will ship accordingly. (Link in profile.) Here a bumper crop of baby pandas walk in the grass at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Chinese scientists and their international counterparts cracked the puzzle of successfully breeding pandas in captivity after decades of disappointment.
#pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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A cub gets weighed at Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. In the wild, once they’ve grown to adulthood, female pandas may weigh up to 220 pounds and males up to 250 pounds, and they’ll range from four to six feet long.

My first book, "Panda Love, The Secret Lives of Pandas," about these adorable ambassadors is now available. You can purchase a signed copy of "Panda Love" directly on my website at bit.ly/AmiVitalePandaLove (link in profile - supplies are limited). #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas#babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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In the Bifengxia Panda Base nursery, keeper Li Feng handles a two-month-old cub. About 50 percent of giant panda births in captivity produce twins, but most mothers will care for only one infant, so human keepers pitch in. In the wild it’s likely that only one cub of two would survive.

My first book, "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas,” has launched. You can purchase a signed copy of "Panda Love" directly on my website at bit.ly/AmiVitalePandaLove (link in profile) and join along as China's adorable and amazing giant #pandas, as they tumble out of baskets, play hide and seek with their caregivers, explore forests and roam preserves. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas#babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve, managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations. Ye Ye’s cub Hua Yan (Pretty Girl) is being trained for release into the wild.

I'm so excited to share with you the fact that my first book, "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas,” has launched. It will bring you into the adorable and amazing lives of China’s giant #pandas, as they tumble out of baskets, play hide and seek with their caregivers, explore forests and roam preserves. This book is the fruition of years of work and unprecedented access into the incredible journey being made to release pandas back into their natural habitat.
You can purchase a signed copy of "Panda Love" directly on my website at bit.ly/AmiVitalePandaLove (Link in profile). And a huge thank you to Papa Panda, Zhang Hemin, the local biologists, the dedicated caregivers, the many, many unsung heroes in this story, and to Gao and Jade Xia, who worked tirelessly with me to help tell this story. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas#babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #photojournalism #amivitale #cuteanimals


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Today, my first book launches and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you. "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas” will bring you into the adorable and amazing lives of China’s giant #pandas, as they tumble out of baskets, play hide and seek with their caregivers, explore forests and roam preserves. This book is the fruition of years of work and unprecedented access into the incredible journey being made to release pandas back into their natural habitat. A high note in the
world of conservation, #China is on its way to saving its most famous ambassador, and successfully putting the wild back into an icon.

You can order a signed copy of this tome of mystery and cuteness today via my website today at bit.ly/AmiVitalePandaLove. Supplies are limited. (Link in profile)

And a huge thank you to Papa Panda, Zhang Hemin, the director of all things related to black-and-white-bear breeding and conservation in China. Dedication to giant pandas happens at every level, from the animal keepers who lug truckloads of bamboo to the hungry mother bears at BiFengXia to those who pull on stinky panda costumes day after day at #Wolong to stay “hidden” among the animals in their care. It comes from local biologists who camp out in panda territory where they help prepare semi-wild bears for wildlife, and from caretakers who embrace baby pandas as family, making sure the most fragile cubs don’t just survive but thrive. There are countless others, pandas’ “unsung heroes,” working toward the bears’ wellbeing both in captivity and in the wild. Unable to name them all here, I remain grateful for their many efforts.

I’ll also tip my hat in thanks to Gao and Jade Xia, who spent countless patient hours over the years getting me the access I needed to make the images that tell the pandas’ stories.

The work to understand this species and its #environment goes back many decades, to field researchers whose efforts early on built the base of knowledge on which today’s breeding and #conservation successes stand. #pandamonium @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nikonusa #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda


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Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), 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 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 even bigger, lasting impacts worldwide.
This film is a collaboration by @amivitale with @danehenrydigital and @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 #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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