Ami Vitale @amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale A giraffe browses alongside cattle in outside of Doulouwal Peulh, Niger - a village about 50 miles outside of the capital of Niamey where people live side by side with the endangered West African giraffe in the country's government-defined Giraffe Zone. In order to help the longterm survival prospects of this subspecies, the Nigerien government with help from a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund recently worked together to translocate eight giraffe from the Giraffe Zone to the Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve, where the giraffe had been absent for 50 years. The translocation was a success and all are doing wonderfully. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Three young West African giraffe graze outside of Doulouwal Peulh, Niger - a village about 50 miles outside of the capital of Niamey where people live side by side with the endangered West African giraffe in the country's government-defined Giraffe Zone. Female giraffes give birth standing up and newborns are welcomed to the world with an almost five foot drop to the ground! However, within 30 minutes they are standing, and only hours later they are able to run with their mothers. At one point, the range of West African giraffe stretched across the Sahel, from Nigeria to Senegal. Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss all contributed to the population's decline, and by the mid-90's, only 49 remained, in this zone. Today, while still highly threatened, thanks to heroic conservation efforts, they number 600. In December, in order to help the longterm survival prospects of this subspecies, the Nigerien government with help from a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund worked together to translocate eight giraffe from the Giraffe Zone to the Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. The translocation was a success and all are doing wonderfully. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale West African giraffe browse in the early morning hours in Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where humans and giraffe coexist. Only 600 of the highly endangered West African giraffe exist in the world, so the government of Niger launched an ambitious plan to create a satellite population of the highly endangered species. With the help of Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Sahara Conservation Fund, eight animals were translocated Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve where they had been absent for 50 years. It was the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Farmers from Doulouwal Peulh, Niger a village about 50 miles outside of the capital of Niamey live side by side with the endangered West African giraffe in the country's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist. Currently there are about 600 West African Giraffe left alive on the planet. For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population's decline. The Nigerien government with help from a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund worked together to translocate eight giraffe from the Giraffe Zone to the reserve in order to help the longterm survival prospects of the subspecies. It was the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Uma Ibrahim, collects water in the village of Hakanasou, Niger. Worldwide, women and girls spend collectively 200 million hours every day on this single task. The village is located inside the Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist about 50 miles outside of Niger's capital, Niamey. For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has lived only in this region. Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population's decline. Today, there are only 600 West African Giraffe in existence so the government of Niger with a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund worked to create a satellite population by moving eight of them to Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. The translocation will help ensure bolster the chances of the subspecies' survival. All are doing wonderfully in their new home. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale | A reticulated giraffe towers above the shrubbery at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. One of the theories put forward as to why giraffe have such long necks is that it gives them an advantage in securing nutrients. They can reach leaves that no other animals can. Others posit that the long necks are a result of sexual selection since male giraffes battle with their necks to win mates. Most recently, scientists have hypothesized that the long necks are to help fight the African heat. The greater surface area allows more heat can escape. Whichever it may be, these fascinating creatures are in trouble. Their numbers have fallen 30 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to about 110,000 today. Reticulated giraffe number fewer than 16,000. Learn more, including how to help, by following @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark and @giraffe_conservation @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale A tower of reticulated giraffe seek shelter under trees in the shrubby landscape of the 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. One of the ways reticulated giraffe are distinguished are by their coat - brown-orange patches clearly defined by a network of thick and striking white lines. Giraffe, unfortunately are in trouble. Giraffe populations have dropped have dropped nearly 30 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to about 110,000 today. Reticulated giraffe number fewer than 16,000. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Learn more, including how to help, by following @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark and @giraffe_conservation @r.e.s.c.u.e @sararacamp @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #namunyak #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Tonight, July 11, at 7pm I'm delighted to be giving the first in a series of talks at @southamptonartscenter by conservation and environmental photographers co-sponsored by @icp There are a handful of tickets left. Click on the link in my profile to get yours. A West African Giraffe peers from behind a tree inside Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist. Today there are barely 600 West African giraffe in existence so creating a satellite population of the highly endangered giraffe was undertaken by the Nigerien government with help by a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale I'm thrilled to be kicking off the first in a series of talks with environmental and conservation photographers at @southamptonartscenter tomorrow, July 11 at 7pm, cosponsored by @icp Learn more and get tickets by clicking on the link in my profile. Here, a mother West African giraffe nuzzles her calf inside Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist. There are only 600 West African Giraffe in existence so the government of Niger with a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund worked to create a satellite population by moving eight of them to Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. The translocation will help ensure bolster the chances of the subspecies' survival. All are doing wonderfully in their new home. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Join me at @southamptonartscenter this Thursday, July 11, at 7pm. I'm kicking off a series of talks by conservation and environmental photographers co-sponsored by @icp Learn more and get tickets by clicking on the link in my profile. Here, a West African giraffe and an oxpecker browse inside Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist. Oxpeckers eat bugs that live in the coats of giraffes and alert them to danger by chirping loudly. They have a perfect, mutualistic relationship. The birds are being fed by the giraffes and in return the harmful ticks are removed from the giraffe's skin.Today there are barely 600 West African giraffe in existence so creating a satellite population of the highly endangered giraffe was undertaken by the Nigerien government with help by a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund.⠀ Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #Gadabedji #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale This Thursday, I'm thrilled to be speaking at New York's @southamptonartscenter I'm kicking off the first in a series of talks by conservation, environmental and climate photographers. The talks are co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography ( @icp ) and the @southamptonartscenter in coordination with the @NatGeo Photo Ark exhibition featuring the work of @JoelSartore Learn more and get tickets by clicking on the link in my profile. (And check out my current @icp takeover for a taste of the upcoming talk. ) Here, a giraffe frolics outside of Doulouwal Peulh, Niger a village about 50 miles from the capital of Niamey where the endangered West African giraffe lives. It is part of the Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist. There are currently only 600 West African giraffe alive on the planet. Creating a satellite population in Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve was vital to helping the longterm survival prospects of the subspecies. Learn more, including how to help, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #Gadabedji #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale West African giraffe browse in the Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist about 50 miles outside of Niger's capital, Niamey. For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has lived only in this region. Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population's decline. An ambitious plan to create a satellite population of the highly endangered West African giraffe was undertaken by the Nigerien government with help by a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund. Eight animals were captured and translocated to the Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve. This is the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies. To learn more and help support important conservation work like this, follow and contribute to @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #Gadabedji #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Giraffe browse in Okongwe area of northwest Namibia. The area is one of the driest on earth with an average of just 50 milliliters of water per year. Giraffe are water independent here and get their water from the leaves they browse. Learn more, including how to help protect these incredible creatures, by following and contributing to @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #namibia #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale A West African giraffe calf looks up to its mother inside the Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist in Niger. Newborn giraffe measure approximately 6 feet tall and can stand within a half hour of hitting the ground at birth. (Their entry into the world can be more than a 5 foot drop - mothers give birth standing ). Today there are barely 600 West African giraffe in existence so creating a satellite population of the highly endangered giraffe was undertaken by the Nigerien government with help by a team from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and Sahara Conservation Fund. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #z7 #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #SaharaConservationFund #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale A reticulated giraffe browses at Sarara Camp ( @sararacamp ) in northern Kenya. Because their necks are so long, reticulated giraffes must splay their legs in order to reach the leaves or water sources on the ground. A variety of hypothesis exist for why giraffe necks are so long. Some say it is to reach high food sources, others say the long neck is the result of sexual selection, and still others hypothesize that these long necks allow them to better cool themselves under the hot, African sun. No matter which it is, giraffe are, sadly in trouble. Giraffe populations have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades and reticulated giraffe number fewer than 16,000. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Learn more, including how to get involved, by following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @r.e.s.c.u.e @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Reticulated giraffe can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or 10 mph over longer distances. Here they are shown in northern Kenya's Leparua Community Conservancy as a group from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ), Kenya Wildlife Service ( @kenyawildlifeservice ), San Diego Zoo Global ( @sdzsafaripark ) and the Northern Rangelands Trust ( @nrt_kenya ) put GPS tags on11 giraffe to better understand their migration patterns. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. Populations have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades and reticulated giraffe, one of the four giraffe species, number fewer than 16,000. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. The scientists I worked with and others are now undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Learn more by reading my @natgeo story "How to save the world's tallest animal" and following @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale Reticulated giraffe browse beside one another on the 850,000-acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. It is easy to see why this species is called the reticulated giraffe, with its brown-orange patches clearly defined by a network of thick and striking white lines. Until recently, scientists classified giraffes as one species with multiple subspecies, including the reticulated giraffe. But new research suggests that giraffes should be four species: reticulated, southern giraffe, Maasai giraffe, and northern giraffe. Reticulated giraffe themselves number fewer than 16,000 individuals and giraffe as a whole are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. Populations across Africa have dropped 40 percent in three decades. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to understand why giraffes are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Follow @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark @doconnor16 to learn more about issues facing giraffe today and efforts currently being undertaken to save them. @sararacamp @r.e.s.c.u.e @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday

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Photo by @amivitale An orphaned giraffe greets me at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r.e.s.c.u.e ) where it was rehabilitated and returned to the wild. @r.e.s.c.u.e has returned several giraffe to the wild and each time a new orphan arrives, mysteriously, the former orphans, all grown up, come back to the sanctuary to greet new orphans when they arrive. They have some way of communicating and knowing these babies are there that we humans do not yet understand. Today, giraffe are undergoing a silent extinction and it's up to us to get involved. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark @doconnor16 to learn more about issues facing giraffe today and efforts currently being undertaken to save them. @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday

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Photo by @amivitale Reticulated giraffe run in a tower inside northern Kenya's Leparua Community Conservancy. Across Africa, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. Populations have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades and reticulated giraffe, one of the four giraffe species, number fewer than 16,000. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but with the lack of long-term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. For a recent @natgeo story, I followed a group from the San Diego Zoo Global ( @sdzsafaripark ), the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) and the Northern Rangelands Trust ( @nrt_kenya ) as they worked to collar and tag 11 giraffe in the Loisaba ( @loisaba_conservancy ) and Leparua Conservancies in Northern Kenya. Learn more by reading my @natgeo story "How to save the world's tallest animal" and follow @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale A West African giraffe from Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffes and humans co-exist, rests inside a boma before it is translocated. There are only about 600 West African giraffes left on the planet (up from a low of 49 in the wild, itself a conservation success ). In December 2018, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ), with the Niger government and other partners, moved eight of these highly threatened giraffes from the Giraffe Zone to Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve, where they have been absent for more than 50 years. The translocation has been a huge success, and the giraffes are doing well. This is a hopeful story for an animal whose rapidly shrinking numbers are great cause for concern. They are currently undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction across Africa. Their numbers have fallen nearly 40 percent over the past Scientists are now undertaking major studies to better understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Empowering indigenous communities will be crucial to saving these and other emblematic species around the world. Follow @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 to learn more. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #westafrica #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday

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Photo by @amivitale It's World Giraffe Day! A mother giraffe embraces her calf outside of the small village of Doulouwal Peulh in Niger. Here, in this small enclave 50 miles from the capital of Niamey, people live side-by-side with the endangered West African giraffe in Niger's Giraffe Zone, a government-defined region where giraffe and humans co-exist. There are only about 600 West African giraffe left on the planet (up from a low of 49 in the wild, itself a conservation success ). In December 2018, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation ( @giraffe_conservation ) with the Niger government and other partners endeavored to move eight of these highly threatened giraffe from the Giraffe Zone to Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve where they have been absent for more than 50 years. The translocation has been a huge success and they are doing well. Follow @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark @doconnor16 to learn more and get involved in saving this iconic species. @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @nikonusa #giraffe #savegiraffe #niger #giraffes #worthmorealive #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #worldgiraffeday

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Photo by @amivitale It's nearly June 21, World Giraffe Day, the longest day of the year, when we get to celebrate the longest necked animal on the planet. Amazingly, they have the same number of neck vertebrae as humans - seven - but their vertebrae happen to each measure as much as ten inches long. Sadly, this iconic creature is in trouble. It's undergoing what's being termed a silent extinction. Estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to under 100,000 today. The West African giraffe (pictured here ) are only 600 in number, up from 49 just a couple of decades ago. The continent-wide decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but because there haven't been long term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly what is happening. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to better understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Empowering indigenous communities will be crucial to saving these and other emblematic species around the world. Follow @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark and @doconnor16 to learn more. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #niger #westafrica #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday

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It's almost World Giraffe Day and it's time to celebrate these amazing creatures! Here, wildlife keeper Lekupania offers bottles to orphaned giraffe at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r.e.s.c.u.e ) where they were rehabilitated and returned to the wild. @r.e.s.c.u.e has returned several giraffe to the wild and each time a new orphan arrives, mysteriously, the former orphans, all grown up, come back to the sanctuary to greet the orphans when they arrive. They have some way of communicating and knowing these babies are there that we humans do not yet understand. Today, giraffe are undergoing a silent extinction and its up to us to get involved. Follow @r.e.s.c.u.e @giraffe_conservation @doconnor16 @sdzsafaripark to learn more about issues facing giraffe today and efforts currently being undertaken to save them. @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #nikon #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale #worldgiraffeday

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Photo by @amivitale "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it." -John Berger Stephen Becklund and his dogs, Max and Ellie, herd cattle at the J Bar L ranch ( @jbarlmontana ) on a sunny November day in the wide open land of the Centennial Valley of southern Montana. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @bekircelikphotographer Thank you! @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa @thephotosociety #montana #outwest #bigskycountry #ranching #farming #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - @paulocoelho , The Alchemist It is a joy to be able to share some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @briony walker Thank you! And congratulations again to the four winners of the @apertureaustralia tickets: @endextinctionintl @brookeshakspeare @alicehv @briony walker I can't wait to see you all this weekend at @apertureaustralia , the largest photography conference in the Southern Hemisphere taking place in Sydney June 22-23. And for those of you who didn't win, there are still a handful of tickets available. I'd still love to see you there! Use the code VITALE150 for $150 off! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #camels #mali #beauty #camel #camels #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #wisdom #paulocoelho #thealchemist

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Photo by @amivitale : Happy Father’s Day! Here, Andrew Anderson and his son Andy go out to hay the cows at J-L ranch ( @jbarlmontana ) in Montana. J Bar L ranch is a unique, conservation-friendly ranch nestled into the wide open land of the Centennial Valley in southern Montana. @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa @thephotosociety #montana #outwest #bigskycountry #fathersday #farming #ranching #fathersandsons #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale “Until one has loved an animal a part of one soul remains unawakened" -Anatole France Here, a boy swims with his zebu in the ocean in a village outside of Nosy Be in Madagascar. In Madagascar, peoples lives are closely linked to the zebus.  When children are still very young, they are already taking them on walks and the zebu often go swimming together. This zebu ran along the beach and straight into the ocean on his own will. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @carly_cameron81 Thank you! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #savenature #nature #ocean #oceans #water #madagascar #zebu #pets #fun #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #anatolefrance #anatolefrancequotes

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Photo by @amivitale “Maybe this is love: to see and reflect beauty without a word -John Paul Lederach The sun sets in Montana's Centennial Valley. The valley is an important wildlife corridor for elk, moose, antelope, deer, wolverines, grizzly bears, wolves and hundreds of bird species. The people who ranch here are careful to preserve the land for the wildlife that depends on it. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @annaehenry421 Thank you! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #DontLetItDisappear #savenature #nature #river #rivers #water #montana #outwest #centennialvalley #sunset #beauty #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #JohnPaulLederach #haiku

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Photo by @amivitale "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" ~aesop Here, an Egyptian man rests his head on his beloved camel in the desert near Cairo. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @crombizzl Thank you! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #camels #egypt #beauty #camel #camels #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #aesop #wisdom #aesopsfables

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Friends in Australia, I'm coming your way! I'll be speaking at @apertureaustralia the Southern Hemisphere's largest photography conference, June 22-23 in Sydney. There are still a handful of tickets left. Use the code VITALE150 for $150 off! Hurry! @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @nikonusa #protectearth #conservation #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #aperture2019

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Photo by @amivitale ”When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free." ~ Wendell Berry Here, mist drifts over the J Bar L ranch as the sun rises over the Centennial Valley in southwest Montana. The J Bar L ranch ( @jbarlmontana ) is a unique, conservation-friendly ranch nestled in the wide open land of the Centennial Valley in southern Montana. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @alicehv Thank you! @nature_org @theberrycenter @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #DontLetItDisappear #savenature #nature #river #rivers #water #montana #outwest #centennialvalley #sunrise #beauty #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #WendellBerry

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Photo by @amivitale "Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless - like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." -Bruce Lee Happy World Oceans Day! This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @aidanmandude Thank you! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #DontLetItDisappear #savenature #nature #seas #oceans #ocean #worldoceansday #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale “It is not beauty that endears, it is love that makes us see beauty” -Leo Tolstoy Goblin Valley is otherwordly. The landscape is covered with sandstone goblins and fascinating formations. This was part of a trip to Utah where I also visited Monument Valley. In Navajo, the area is known as Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, which translates to valley of the rocks. An emblem of the American West, the area around Monument Valley itself is a Navajo tribal park located within the Navajo Nation Reservation. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @a.creature.named.em. Thank you! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #DontLetItDisappear #WorthMoreAlive #savenature #nature #navajo #utah #monumentvalley #outwest #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale

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Photo by @amivitale ”Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein Here, Pearl Shoal waterfall glistens in the early morning inside Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve and National Park located in the north of Sichuan province, China. The park is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by @UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. This week I'm highlighting some of the beautiful quotes you shared with me. This one was submitted by @bethlpitman Thank you! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #DontLetItDisappear #WorthMoreAlive #savenature #nature #waterfalls #china #Jiuzhaigou #Sichuan #worldbiospherereserve #worldheritagesite #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #campaignfornature

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Photo by @amivitale Happy World Environmental Day, a day to celebrate this stunning yet fragile ecosystem we depend upon. Dire predictions are saying nature will find a way survive but that way might not include us if we don’t act soon. Human activity could cause one million more species to be lost. Get involved today. Learn from, support and engage @conservationorg @nature_org @nature_africa and the many other conservation organizations around the world working to build a future in which we can live in harmony with nature. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa #DontLetUsDisappear #DontLetThemDisappear #WorthMoreAlive #savenature #rainbow #rainbow 🌈 #nature #worldenvironmentday #photojournalism #nikonambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikon #natureisspeaking #amivitale #campaignfornature

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Photo by @amivitale A girl who was orphaned during the long, brutal war has a quiet, contemplative moment after swimming in the ocean for the first time in her life during an outing in the town of Mannar. Despite living on an island surrounded by beautiful beaches, many people never enjoyed the ocean until the war ended in 2009. I had the privilege of working in Sri Lanka for @natgeo as we looked at the memory of that civil war that ended in 2009. Those I encountered there in my travels remain much in my heart and on my mind, particularly these days. @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @nikonusa #srilanka #prayforsrilanka #staystrong #cinnamonhotels #staystrongsrilanka #photojournalism #amivitale

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