Photographer Shares How a Community in Kenya Came Together to Help Orphaned Elephants | My Modern Met


By Jessica Stewart on May 21, 2022

“Everywhere I go, I see people, often with very little, making huge impacts in their communities and the planet.”

 

Conservation photographer Ami Vitale is known for her incredible ability to support local communities that are making an impact. This is made clear through her championing of Kenya’s Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. As the first community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa, Reteti cares for orphaned elephants. The Samburu community opened the sanctuary in 2016 and Vitale has been with them every step of the way. Through her incredible photographs and a short film, she’s been able to bring their story to a global audience.

The last several years have been trying for the sanctuary as they, like the rest of the world, grappled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply chain issues greatly affected their ability to care for these young elephants and the sanctuary’s caregivers were left looking for local solutions to their problem. As Vitale shares below, their ability to think quickly and adapt not only saved these elephants but actually improved their quality of life. And, at the same time, finding a local source of nutrition has created a new income stream for other members of the community.

We chatted with Vitale about these recent challenges, as well as how she got introduced to the sanctuary and how she kept up with them, even at a distance, when traveling wasn’t possible. We also discuss her short film Shaba, which documents the story of one special orphaned elephant at the sanctuary. Read on for our exclusive interview and if you like what you see, check out our 40-minute chat with Vitale on the Top Artist podcast to learn more about her incredible career.[…]

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