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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To celebrate #Earthday, I’m pleased to announce that my photo of Kamara and Kilifi will be part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible prints that capture wildlife and wild places. The sale runs only this week from April 20th-28th. Visit the link in my profile to see all the available signed prints on sale for $100.
In this image, Kamara, a Kenyan rhino keeper is nuzzled by black rhino Kilifi who he hand-raised along with two other baby rhinos Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in Kenya. Kamara spends 12 hours every day watching over the vulnerable baby rhinos. If you went back 50 years, this is where one of the densest populations of black rhinos lived but today most people living here have never seen a rhino in their life despite it being the most perfect habitat for them. In 2 generations, this animal was poached almost to extinction. These communities and people like Kamara hold the key to saving Africa's great animals.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa #WorthMoreAlive #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikon #nikonlove


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Tomorrow's the day! The VR experience #MyAfrica will debut tomorrow at the @Tribeca Film Festival. With this film, you'll get to experience Northern Kenya in 360 degrees and celebrate the relationship between wild animals that roam freely and the communities that protect them like @r.e.s.c.u.e It's a pretty mind blowing experience. It will be at the Tribeca Festival Hub until April 28th, and available online starting April 30 at conservation.org/myafrica.

I am proud to have worked on this film for @conservationorg, and honored to have learned from the brilliant @PassionPicturesFilms @camcampkin @gregwdennis @waldo_etherington @deep_vr
#tribeca2018 #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador @nrt_kenya


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Have you ever dreamt of witnessing the great migration of wildebeest or going nose-to-trunk with a baby elephant? Look no further than #MyAfrica, Conservation International’s virtual reality experience, where you can journey to Kenya and back in just 10 minutes.

I am thrilled that #MyAfrica, the blue chip VR film about the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) that I helped direct with Emmy Award-winning @PassionPicturesFilms for @conservationorg launches this Friday, April 20 at the @Tribeca Film Festival in NYC! It is screening at the Tribeca Festival Hub in NYC as part of Tribeca Immersive from April 20-28. Then, on April 30 it will make its online debut on Conservation International’s website. What a privilege to work with these talented guys @camcampkin @gregwdennis @waldo_etherington @deep_vr

#tribeca2018 #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador @nrt_kenya


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I am excited to be delivering the TED-style talk “Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them” TONIGHT at 7PM at the ROXY, in Missoula, MONTANA discussing my work in Northern Kenya on community based conservation during the Missoula Wildlife Film Festival (@wildlifefilmfest). The vision of the International Wildlife Film Festival is an engaged community that finds itself through cinema and helps the planet to heal. IWFF is an annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival held each April in scenic Missoula, Montana. The event draws in hundreds of filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts. It is housed at The Roxy Theater, Missoula’s historic independent arthouse theater. The festival runs from April 14-22.
@natgeo @thephotosociety @nikonusa #wildlife #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #elephants #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikon #nikonlove #iwff2018 @wildlifefilmfest #roxytheater


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It is with great joy and profound gratitude that I share the news that the story for National Geographic Magazine (@natgeo), "Warriors Who Once Feared Elephant Now Protect Them" was awarded First Place Thursday night at the World Press Photo Award Ceremony in Amsterdam. This prize is for all of the keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) who are caring for the small herd of orphaned elephants and in recognition of the incredible work and dedication they give every day.They represent HOPE and a major success for conservation.
Thank you to my editor Alexa Keefe, Whitney Johnson (@whitneycatherinejohnson) and Sarah Leen (@roseleen) for supporting this work and congratulations to all of the winners including the grand prize winner Ronaldo Schemidt (@rschemidt) among many others. Please take time to view them all. Here are a few in the Nature and Environmental Categories from photographers such as Corey Arnold (@arni_coraldo), Thomas P. Peschak (@thomaspeschak), Michael Patrick O'Neill (@mpophotography), Jasper Doest (@jasperdoest), Neil Aldridge (@aldridgephoto), Luca Locatelli (@lucalocatelliphoto), Daniel Beltra (@danielbeltraphoto) and Kadir van Lohuizen (@kadirvanlohuizen). Here I am at the World Press Photo (@worldpressphoto) Exhibit in Amsterdam with Daniel Beltra (@danielbeltraphoto), Marisa Gasbjerg, and Corey Arnold (@arni_coraldo). #photojournalism #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety @natgeo #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya#northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikon #protectelephants


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Photo by @amivitale. Jan Stejskal from Dvur Kralove Zoo (@safari_park_dvur_Kralove) comforts Sudan as he takes his last breath. Moments before he died, Sudan was surrounded by love, together with the people who committed their lives to protecting him and giving him the good life he enjoyed. There were the directors and people from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, staffers and his six dedicated keepers from Ol Pejeta, who spent more time with him than their own children. Veterinarians and other people from Kenya Wildlife Services were present as well. Most of them had been crying for days. The sky opened up. Rain poured down and he perked up for a moment. When he died, it was silent except for one little go-away-bird chirping ‘go away, go away, go away.’ Poaching is not slowing down. It’s entirely possible, even likely, that if the killing continues, these rhinos—along with elephants and a host of lesser known plains animals—will be functionally extinct in our lifetime. I only hope that this will be a wake-up call. We can often forget that the best protectors of these landscapes are the local communities themselves. Their efforts to preserve community cohesion is ultimately the best immunization against forces that threaten both their wildlife and way of life.

I have launched a print sale of the last of the northern white rhinos with 100% of the proceeds going to @olpejeta so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world's most vulnerable creatures. Visit the link in my profile to learn more and purchase a print.
The image is copyrighted to Ami Vitale/2018. For licensing information, including in-line links and/or framing of this post, contact Ami Vitale.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove #LastManStanding #SudanForever #WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikon #nikonlove


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Photo by @amivitale. So excited for the upcoming NAB Show (@nabshow) in Las Vegas! I'll be delivering the talk "The Stories We're All Seeking" at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT this Monday, April 9 at the @Nikon booth. Can't make the show? You can watch online live at nikonevents.com/us/live/

Here, Fatu roams the 700 acre enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) where she has lived alongside her mother, Najin and her grandfather, Sudan, since she was translocated from the Dvur Kralove Zoo (@safari_park_dvur_Kralove) in the Czech Republic. Since the passing of Sudan, Fatu and her mother Najin are the last remaining members of her species.
The plight of wildlife and the conflict between poachers and increasingly militarized rangers has received much-needed attention. But very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the front lines of the poaching wars, and the incredible work being done to strengthen them. We often forget that the best protectors of these landscapes are the local communities. Their efforts are ultimately the best immunization against forces that threaten both their wildlife and way of life. My hope is that Sudan’s legacy serves as a catalyst to awaken humanity to this reality.

I have launched a print sale of the last of the northern white rhinos with 100% of the proceeds going to @olpejeta so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world's most vulnerable creatures. Visit the link in my profile to learn more and purchase a print.
The image is copyrighted to Ami Vitale/2018. For licensing information, including in-line links and/or framing of this post, contact Ami Vitale.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove #LastManStanding #SudanForever #WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikon #nikonlove


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Photo by @amivitale. Najin relaxes with a flock of oxpecker on her back. The oxpecker rest on the back of rhino, ridding them of pests like ticks, flies and other bugs and give off loud warning hisses when they see danger, providing a kind of alarm system, while also taking little sips of blood from the large mammal, according to @smithsonianmagazine.

Najin is the daughter of Sudan, the last male white rhino who passed away last week, and the mother of Fatu. Najin and Fatu are the last northern white rhino in all the world. Along with Sudan, they were transported from the Dvůr Králové Zoo (@safari_park_dvur_Kralove) in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta) in Kenya’s plains in a last ditch effort to encourage them to breed and save the species. The air, water, and food, not to mention room to roam, might stimulate them to breed—and the offspring would then be used to repopulate Africa. At the time there were eight northern white rhino in the world. Now there are two.
Yet all hope is not lost. Scientists believe they can bring the species back from the brink of extinction using IVF and stem cell science and are working toward that end. Whether science can save the species is unknown but my hope is that Sudan's legacy can be a HUGE wake up call for all of us. We can all make impacts in our own small ways for a world of co existence.
I have launched a print sale of the last of the northern white rhinos with 100% of the proceeds going to @olpejeta so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world's most vulnerable creatures. Visit the link in my profile to learn more and purchase a print
The image is copyrighted to Ami Vitale/2018. For licensing information, including in-line links and/or framing of this post, contact Ami Vitale.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove #LastManStanding #SudanForever #WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhions #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikon


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Photo by @amivitale. Fatu is one of only two northern white rhinos alive on the planet, following the death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino who died due to age related complications on March 19th at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta ) in Kenya. Fatu and her mother Najin are the last of the species remaining in the world and may hold the keys to saving the entire species.
Sudan’s death could mean the extinction of his species, though scientists are considering other options involving Fatu and Najin, including stem cell procedures and harvesting eggs. If there is meaning in Sudan’s passing, it’s that all hope is not lost. This can be our wake-up call. In a world of more than 7 billion people, we must see ourselves as part of the landscape. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals.

I have launched a print sale with a choice of two images, an image of one of the final moments of Sudan and this one of Fatu, Sudan's granddaughter and one of the last two surviving female northern white rhino on the savannah. I am donating 100% of the proceeds to @olpejeta so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world's most vulnerable creatures, including Fatu and Najin. Visit the link in my profile to learn more and purchase a print.
The image is copyrighted to Ami Vitale/2018. For licensing information, including in-line links and/or framing of this post, contact Ami Vitale.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove #LastManStanding #SudanForever #WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhions #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove


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Video by @amivitale Elephants enjoy a mud bath at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). These elephants are being cared for by members of the local community. “We take care of the elephants, and the elephants are taking care of us. We now have a relationship between us.” In the wake of Sudan's death, I remain hopeful because of places like this where communities are coming together to protect what is left.
I have launched a print sale of the last of the northern white rhinos with 100% of the proceeds going to @olpejeta so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world's most vulnerable creatures. Visit the link in my profile to learn more and purchase a print. We must see ourselves as part of the landscape. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals. We can all make impacts in our own small ways for a world of co existence.  Please support initiatives like @r.e.s.c.u.e @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @tusk_org@kenyawildlifeservice @nature_org @nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove @conservationorg

#elephants #elephantlove #stoppoaching  #SudanForever#WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos#NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos#DontLetThemDisappear #rhions#saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya#northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica#photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa#nikonusa #nikonlove #love #endangeredapecies


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Photo by @amivitale. Fatu, one of the last two northern white rhinos alive on the planet, nuzzles her keeper, James Mwenda, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (@olpejeta). Fatu is the granddaughter of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet passed away on March 19th due to age related complications.

I have launched a print sale of the last of the northern white rhinos with 100% of the proceeds going to @olpejeta so that they can continue on their mission of protecting and fighting for some of the world's most vulnerable creatures. Visit the link in my profile to learn more and purchase a print. We must see ourselves as part of the landscape. Our fate is linked to the fate of animals. “Humanity has brought the northern white rhino to the edge of extinction because it has slaughtered the animal for its horn,” said project scientist Jan Stejskal, a conservation researcher based at (@safari_park_dvur_Kralove) Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. “We have a duty to try to save it, no matter how hard that is going to be.” Scientists believe they can bring the species back from the brink of extinction using IVF and stem cell science.The IVF plan involves creating embryos and implanting them in surrogate mothers from a closely related sub-species, the southern white rhino, which is not endangered.
Whether science can save the species is unknown but my hope is that Sudan's legacy can be a HUGE wake up call for all of us. We can all make impacts in our own small ways for a world of co existence.
The image is copyrighted to Ami Vitale/2018. For licensing information, including in-line linking and/or framing of this post, contact Ami Vitale.

@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @nature_org @nature_africa @safari_park_dvur_kralove #LastManStanding #SudanForever #WorthMoreAlive #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhions #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale @nikonusa #nikonusa #nikonlove


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