#repost @amivitale (@get_repost) ・・・ 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
Reposting @travelswithnina⠀ 📍 Sanctuary Stanley's Camp⠀ ⠀ "Today we met two incredible humans, Doug and Sandi Groves, who have been parenting this magnificent 31-year-old African savannah elephant Jabu for the past 29 years. They rescued Jabu from a culling operation in South Africa, and ever since they have looked after him and his friend Marula with such tenderness and care out in the bush in Botswana, as a little family of four. @peterwindrim and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of hours out walking with Jabu in the bush, observing him and his behaviours, learning about the devastating effect that poaching has had on the elephant population in Africa, and having these precious few moments of cuddles. Jabu was bold and confident, but chilled and mellow too. When I looked into his enormous curious eyes, I felt like I could see the whole universe. As I fall asleep tonight in my tent, it’s with a heart full of gratitude for people like Doug and Sandi 🐘 #standwithjabu#stoppoaching 📷 @peterwindrim"
Photo by @amivitale. Mpala passes through low vegetation during her daily nature walk at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya. Mpala came to the sanctuary on June 21 orphaned due to the ongoing drought. Today, she is thriving at Reteti and twice the size as when she arrived. Reteti is the first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary in Africa and the Samburu keepers are changing the way Samburus relate to wild animals. Follow @amivitale, @r.e.s.c.u.e and nearby Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) to support and learn more about these initiatives. #dontletthemdisappear @nrt_kenya@conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephant#saveelephants#retetielephants#stoppoaching#kenya#northernkenya#magicalkenya#whyilovekenya#africa#everydayafrica#photojournalism#amivitale
#repost @govtofpunjab with @instatoolsapp ・・・ Punjab wildlife department has decided to impose heftier fines and increase prison sentences on those involved in the illegal poaching of animals and birds. Read: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1686035/1-hunter-becomes-hunted-wildlife-dept-hopes-increase-illegal-hunting-fines/ #epdpunjab#houbarabustard#savelives#stoppoaching
My big girl and I went on a game drive last night. We were lucky enough to see three rhinos! Sadly, she may never see them in the wild again 😔🦏 her favourite thing on the whole trip was the zebra and the fact that they have poor digestive systems so fart a lot 💨#peoplearestupid #stoppoaching#savetherhinos
#repostsave @r.e.s.c.u.e with @repostsaveapp ・・・ Only 2 more days until the launch of #myafrica at the @Tribeca Film Festival on April 20. The film is an immersive virtual reality experience is a celebration of the relationship between the animals that roam freely and the communities that make the land their home and Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the star. It will be available to view as part of Tribeca Immersive from April 20-28. Then, you'll be able to see it anywhere in the world on Conservation International (@conservationorg)'s website. Thank you to filmmakers @amivitale @PassionPicturesFilms and @Vision3, and to @tiffanyandco Foundation, @glassybaby and @conservationorg who made this film possible. @lifeisgoodco @yachakyerbamate @tusk_org @sandiegozoo @natgeo @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice #bekindtoelephants#stoppoaching#conservation#elephants#dontletthemdisappear#kenya#magicalkenya#africa#whyilovekenya#babyelephants#cuteanimals
Pangolins: The Most Trafficked Mammal You've Never Heard Of This shy creature, the same size as a mere house cat, is the world’s most trafficked mammal, with more than one million poached in the past decade! 😱 Pangolins are covered in about one thousand scales, which protect them from predators. When threatened, a pangolin's defense is to curl up into a ball. Unfortunately, this defense doesn’t stop poachers from hunting them for their scales, which are sold for use in traditional medicines and expensive entrees. This may be irrational considering the scales are simply made of keratin, the same material found in fingernails. WERU, the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit run by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, recently rescued and released a female pangolin. Although she is now back in the wild where she belongs, there are so many others that need protection. Please consider a donation to PASA, which supports rescue efforts such as this. Find the link in our bio. 🙏 Follow the link for the full @natgeo article about Pangolin poaching: https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/101-videos/pangolins-the-most-trafficked-mammal-youve-never-heard-of #pangolin#stoppoaching#rescue#innocentanimals#wildlife#natgeo#donate#support#conservation#africa