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Photo by @amivitale. Elephants' trunks are a magnificent, multipurpose tool. Their trunks are comprised of over 44,000 muscles and used for eating, drinking, as snorkels and for reassuring other elephants. These sentient giants are nature’s greatest engineers. By eating the trees and brush, they keep the land open and grassy. Without them, other wildlife, people and livestock all suffer. 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. I am thrilled to be sharing a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for #WORLDELEPHANTDAY!! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a photo of Nadasoit saying hello printed by the fine art studio of @paperandinkstudio in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and, for a donation of just $10, to enter to win a camera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and a signed print of Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Enter and purchase at amivitale.com/elephants (Link in bio.) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #northernkenya #kenya #magicalkenya #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
Photo by @amivitale. I am thrilled to have launched a PRINT SALE and DRAWING for #WORLDELEPHANTDAY!! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of Nadasoit saying hello in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to enter to win a D5600 camera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto camera bag and a signed print of the adorable image to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. Visit amivitale.com/elephants to get involved (Link in bio) Here, elephant keeper Lekupania gets a kiss from little Kapai on their daily nature walk at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Having arrived so young, she had a lot to learn about being an elephant, but Kapai had the rest of the Reteti herd and her keepers to show her how to browse, graze and navigate. Someday soon, she'll be big and strong, ready to return to the wild. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. It provides a safe place for injured and orphaned elephant calves to heal so that they can 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. @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #northernkenya #kenya #magicalkenya #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
Photo by @amivitale. A wild elephant browses at the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. These sentient giants are nature’s greatest engineers. By eating the trees and brush, they keep the land open and grassy. Without them, other wildlife, people and livestock all suffer. This place used to be dangerous with warring tribes and the landscape looked very different but today it is thriving. From a count of none, there are now more than 6,300 elephants in the area. It's incredible to see how resilient nature is if we give it a chance. There are lots of ways to support this wondrous place. I'm very excited to be judging the Amazing Wildlife Photo Contest by @ourworldinfocus.photo.contests which ends tomorrow on July 31st!  10% of net proceeds from this contest will be donated to @conservationorg Reteti Elephant project. Looking forward to seeing all of your incredible entries! Let’s celebrate the positive stories on #WorldElephantDay and either donate just $10, and get a chance to win a brand new @NikonUSA D5600 two lens outfit, a fabulous @thinktankphoto bag to carry it in and a 20x30 signed print of mine. You can also buy my elephant print of Nadasoit saying hello. 100% of the profits will be donated to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) Prints are available in 4 sizes and start at $150. Visit amivitale.com/elephants for all the details. (Link in bio) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #northernkenya #kenya #magicalkenya #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
Photo by @amivitale. Elephant keeper Lekupania gets a kiss from little Kapai on their daily nature walk at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e). Having arrived so young, she had a lot to learn about being an elephant, but Kapai had the rest of the Reteti herd and her keepers to show her how to browse, graze and navigate. Someday soon, she'll be big and strong, ready to return to the wild. Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. It provides a safe place for injured and orphaned elephant calves to heal so that they can 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. There are lots of ways to support this wondrous place. Let’s celebrate the positive stories on #WorldElephantDay and either donate just $10, and get a chance to win a brand new @NikonUSA D5600 with two lenses, a fabulous @thinktankphoto bag to carry it in and a 20x30 signed print of mine. You can also buy my elephant print of Nadasoit saying hello. 100% of the profits will be donated to the sanctuary. Prints are available in 4 sizes and start at $150. Go to amivitale.com/elephants to get yours. (Link in bio) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectearth #conservation #earth #elephants #saveelephants #worthmorealive #stoppoaching #northernkenya #kenya #magicalkenya #photojournalism #amivitale #nikonusa #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador
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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