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

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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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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