National Geographic

@natgeo 5 months ago
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Naomi, one of the dedicated keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and one of the very first indigenous Samburu women keepers in Africa, gets a caress from Shaba, @r.e.s.c.u.e's proxy matriarch. Shaba was rescued in November 2016, when poachers shot her mother dead. She arrived traumatized. It took the team a long time to gain her trust, spending day and night talking, singing, offering seed pods and fresh grass, anything they could think of. Then, one day she finally took a bottle and a strong bond was formed. Today, she is instrumental to the sanctuary. She keeps order, teaches the young ones how to forage and navigate steep paths, and, most incredibly, greets every new orphan at the sanctuary with a heartfelt and emotional hello. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to learn how you can support this crucial work.
@conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive

Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Naomi, one of the dedicated keepers at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r .e.s.c.u.e) and one of the very first indigenous Samburu women keepers in Africa, gets a caress from Shaba, @r .e.s.c.u.e's proxy matriarch. Shaba was rescued in November 2016, when poachers shot her mother dead. She arrived traumatized. It took the team a long time to gain her trust, spending day and night talking, singing, offering seed pods and fresh grass, anything they could think of. Then, one day she finally took a bottle and a strong bond was formed. Today, she is instrumental to the sanctuary. She keeps order, teaches the young ones how to forage and navigate steep paths, and, most incredibly, greets every new orphan at the sanctuary with a heartfelt and emotional hello. Follow @amivitale and @r .e.s.c.u.e to learn how you can support this crucial work. @conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive