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@Natgeo photographer, filmmaker, speaker and explorer. Nikon ambassador. New book: Panda Love:The Secret Lives of Pandas

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The Amazon is on fire. Don't lose hope. Don't give up. Earth needs us now. Globally, we are facing a climate crisis, and forests are one of the MOST VALUABLE SOLUTIONS that we have to combat it. THERE IS NO PLANET B, and as fires continue to rage in the Amazon, using our voices to stand up for nature is more vital today than ever before. The more voices we have, the louder our call for action will be. Keep sharing, tagging your friends and influencers, and let it be known that we must urgently . For more hope and ideas on how to get involved, read the excellent @conservationorg article: "Conservationist on climate action: 'Pessimists never get anything done.'" (Link in profile.)

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Photos by @amivitale. In a historical undertaking, a consortium of the world's leading experts from @leibnizizw Avantea, @safariparkdvurkralove and @kenyawildlifeservice performed the first ever pick up on Fatu and Najin, the last living northern white rhino on the planet at @olpejeta conservancy in northern Kenya. This procedure, never before performed on any northern white rhinos, could mark that instant when these creatures were brought back from certain extinction. At this very moment, the precious ova are being rushed to Italy where they will eventually be matured and fertilized with frozen northern white rhino to become embryos which could then be transferred into the southern white rhinos who could gestate the embryos. If this new technology is successful, it could bring this critically endangered species BACK FROM EXTINCTION. This has been a ten year journey, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes sublime as I followed the last northern white rhinos alive on the planet from @safariparkdvurkralove in the Czech Republic to Kenya's @olpejeta back in 2009. Witnessing what was believed to be end of the species with the death of Sudan, the very last male northern white rhino, last year broke my heart into a million pieces. Now, I share the news that these incredible human beings are on the cusp of saving the species. I have hope that we are waking up and understanding our responsibility to protect this planet. @bmbf.bund @biorescue_project @leibnizgemeinschaft @MinistryOfTourismAndWildlifeKE @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety @nikonusa

Mozambique

Photo by @amivitale. Zebras run through the Zambezi Delta. Wildlife in this area was virtually decimated by years of civil war. A chance purchase of a concession and dedicated investments in anti-poaching measures by @zambezedeltaconservation made the land welcoming again to wild animals. Zebra populations went from almost zero to many hundreds. Today, nearly all wildlife have come back virtually to capacity, with the exception of the apex predators. So the team orchestrated the largest international translocation ever undertaken. 24 lions were transported from South Africa to the conservancy. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, Already, 20 cubs have been born. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off." @twentyfourlion @ivan.carter @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Mozambique

Photo by @amivitale. Lions that were released and collared in a remote region of a 4,500 square kilometer Zambeze Delta area of Mozambique, feast on an antelope. They were part of an ambitious introduction of 24 lions from South Africa, the largest international translocation ever undertaken. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, Already, 20 cubs have been born. A hundred years ago, there were over 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, leading researchers estimate the population to be 20,000 or less, with lions now extinct in 26 African countries. Mozambique's wildlife was decimated by the country's civil war and subsequent poaching in the last 20 years. This particular ecosystem has made a remarkable recovery except for its lions. This historic translocation might mark the point that the lions reversed their fate in Mozambique. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by reading "How the world’s largest lionrelocation was pulled off." @twentyfourlions @zambezedeltaconservation @ivan.carter @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Happy World Humanitarian Day! I'm grateful that there are extraordinary people in the world, like Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (@hindououmar) who is a champion for women and indigenous communities. She is fast becoming one of the most visible spokespersons and leaders giving indigenous groups worldwide a voice in @unitednations climate negotiations. For nearly a decade, she has advocated for the value of traditional knowledge, inclusion of Indigenous peoples in decision making and the need for direct access to climate funding. Hindou, from the Mbororo pastoralist community of Chad and as the leader of AFPAT (Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad), is working to harness traditional knowledge to cope with the devastating effects of climate change. I'm proud to have nominated her for the 2019 Pritzker Environmental Genius Award. @uclaioes @conservationorg

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! Myself, a small herd of elephants and their tireless caregivers are overwhelmed with gratitude for your support of the groundbreaking work happening at Reteti and for the hundreds of thousands more people from around the world who cheered us on. The sweepstakes closed Tuesday evening. The winner will be notified on Monday, Aug. 19. Today, our hearts are brimming. Thank you for believing in this work. If you didn't get a chance to contribute, but would like to, we will keep the exclusive print sale up until Friday. Donations may be made year round at retetielephants.org. Thank you again for your kindness and your goodness. You have once again shown us all how beautiful and good the world can be. @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @ivitale. 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.” I thrilled to be running a PRINT SALE and a SWEEPSTAKES for !! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of this image in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to donate just $10 to enter to win a cera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed 20x30 print of the adorable Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Enter today at ivitale.com/elephants (Link in bio). @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Mozambique

Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Lion Day! After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. The ambitious introduction of 24 lions from South Africa in 2018 was the largest international translocation ever undertaken. It is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years, restoring the apex predator to its native lands. Already, twenty cubs have been born since the lions’ release. It's amazing to see how resilient nature is when we give it a chance. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale.and reading "How the world’s largest lionrelocation was pulled off." @twentyfourlions @zambezedeltaconservation @ivan.carter @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Loisaba Conservancy

Photo by @ivitale. A herd of elephants crosses a river at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. More than 800 elephants spend significant time at @loisaba_conservancy and @nature_africa is working with partners to conserve this important elephant migratory pathway. Elephants are excellent swimmers and if faced with a strong current, they use their trunk as a snorkel and then march right across rivers 12 feet deep. Long ago people thought that ancestral elephants may have come out of the seas. A popular myth was that their trunk evolved as a sort of snorkel in more aquatic settings. I thrilled to be running a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for !! 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 win a cera and two lenses from Nikon, a ThinkTank cera bag and a signed print of Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. Join the herd at ivitale.com/elephants (Link in bio.) You can help these incredible beings. Get involved by following @nature_africa @r.e.s.c.u.e @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @ivitale. 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.” I thrilled to be running a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for !! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of Nadasoit saying hello printed by the fine art studio of @paperandinkstudio in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to win a cera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed print of Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Go to ivitale.com/elephants for all the details. (Link in bio). @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Kenya

Photo by @ivitale. An elephant raises his trunk at Nunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. The conservancy is home Kenya’s second largest population of elephants, a population has grown by 12% since 2012 while poaching has fallen. Nunyak is also where one can find Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e), the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa - a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. I thrilled to be offering a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for !! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up an image of Nadasoit saying hello printed by the fine art studio of @paperandinkstudio in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to win a cera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed print of Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Join the herd at ivitale.com/elephants (Link in bio). @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @ivitale. I thrilled to be running a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for !! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of THIS image in 4 different sizes printed by the fine art studio of @paperandinkstudio starting at $150 and for a donation of just $10, to enter to win a D5600 cera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed 20x30 print of this adorable image to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. Enter and buy a print at ivitale.com/elephants (Link in bio). @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Photo by @ivitale. 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 thrilled to be sharing a PRINT SALE and SWEEPSTAKES for !! 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 cera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed print of Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Enter and purchase at ivitale.com/elephants (Link in bio.) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Kenya

Photo by @ivitale. A wild elephant herd passes through an area called Loijuk, south east of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) One of the great benefits @r.e.s.c.u.e offers is that now these elephant calves are raised near where they were rescued and may be able to return to the se herds they were originally separated from. I thrilled to be running a PRINT SALE and DRAWING for !! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of Nadasoit saying hello printed by the fine art studio of @paperandinkstudio in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to enter to win a D5600 cera with two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed print of the adorable Nadasoit saying hello, all in support of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Go to ivitale.com/elephants to help. (Link in bio.) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @ivitale. I thrilled to have launched a PRINT SALE and DRAWING for !! 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 cera and two lenses from @NikonUSA, a @ThinkTankPhoto cera bag and a signed print of the adorable image to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Kenya. Visit ivitale.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 to create lasting impacts worldwide. @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Kenya

Photo by @amivitale. A herd of wild elephants travel through the shrubby lands of Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. This place used to be dangerous with warring tribes and the landscape was very different. Elephants had been all but eliminated in the area. Today, it is thriving. Outside of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Namunyak contains higher populations of large mammals than any other landscape (protected or unprotected) in Kenya — including the second-largest elephant population in the country, boasting more than 6,300 individuals. It's incredible to see how resilient nature is if we give it a chance. You can help support their resurgence for !! You have until August 12 (World Elephant Day) to pick up a print of Nadasoit saying hello, available in 4 different sizes starting at $150 and to win a brand new D5600 camera with two lenses from @NikonUSA, a fabulous @ThinkTankPhoto Retrospective V2.0 to carry it in and a 20×30 signed print of Nadasoit saying hello to support Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Go to amivitale.com/elephants to enter and purchase. (Link in bio) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @ivitale. I thrilled to be taking part in the World Elephant Day and World Lion Day Film Festival at New York’s @southptonartscenter on August 11. Two of my films on Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) will be screening and I’ll be participating (by video) in a panel discussion on the work afterwards. Learn more and get your tickets at @southptonartscenter today. Here, Naomi, one of the dedicated keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and one of the very first woman keepers in Africa, gets a caress from Shaba. The first ever community owned and run sanctuary in all of Africa, @r.e.s.c.u.e provides a home for elephant calves orphaned due to poaching, human wildlife conflict and drought related causes. There is still time to get involved and help support this incredible place, through purchasing a print or making a donation to enter the drawing. Get all the details at ivitale.com/elephants (Link in Profile.) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety ivitale

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @amivitale. An orphaned elephant browses at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in northern Kenya. The orphaned elephant that are cared for by the Samburu community are symbols of a new wave of thinking about wildlife and the environment, that goes far beyond traditional conservation methods, and dives deeper into the core value of what nature represents. Let’s celebrate World Elephant Day and either donate just $10, and get a chance to win a brand new @NikonUSA D5600 two lens outfit, a fabulous @thinktankphoto Retrospective V2.0 bag to carry it in and a 20x30 signed print of mine. Or you can 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 for all the details. (Link in bio) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Photo by @amivitale. Happy World Ranger Day! Let's celebrate these amazing heroes! Among them is Achian, pictured here with Tipper the tracking dog. Achian's dedication and hard work remain unparalleled. For 13 years, he has protected hundreds of endangered wildlife, ensuring that they have a chance at survival. In fact, his father was also a ranger on @Lewa_wildlife. like a number of other rangers there. Achian and his colleagues at @Lewa_wildlife.continue to give hope and an optimistic outlook for endangered wildlife across Africa. They have successfully protected critically endangered rhinos from poaching for over 6 years, and no elephant has ever been poached on @Lewa_wildlife. They have ensured that their wildlife has a safe home by working closely with their neighboring communities, investing in technology, collaborating with other conservation organizations and doing their work passionately. This , consider supporting them to continue with their vital work. Learn how by following @Lewa_wildlife. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @nikonusa @magicalkenya

Kenya

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 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

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @amivitale. Baby orphaned elephants, Lemorijo and Kapai walk together as they learn to browse in the wild, stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, and, best of all, taking luxurious mud baths. Reteti @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. There are lots of ways to support this wondrous place. Let’s celebrate the positive stories on 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. 100% of the profits will be donated to the sanctuary. Prints are available in 4 sizes and start at $150. Visit amivitale.com/elephants to get your print and enter the Sweepstakes. (Link in bio) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

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 to create lasting impacts worldwide. There are lots of ways to support this wondrous place. Let’s celebrate the positive stories on 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

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Photo by @amivitale. Keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) gather in the boma with a handful of the rambunctious orphans in their care. These women are some of the first indigenous Samburu women elephant keepers in all of Africa. What’s happening at Reteti is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation not only in the way humans relate to wild animals but also how we relate to one another. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is a story as much about the elephants as it is about all of humanity. There are lots of ways to support this wondrous place. Let’s celebrate the positive stories on and donate just $10 to 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 Nadasoit saying hello. OR you can buy a copy of the print. 100% of the profits from the sale will be donated to the sanctuary. Prints are available in 4 sizes and start at $150. Go to amivitale.com/elephants to enter the sweepstakes and get your print. (Link in bio) @conservationorg @sandiegozoo @nrt_kenya @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety

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