National Geographic

@natgeo 6 months ago
Photo by Ami Vitale @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  Africa. Traditionally in Kenya women marry young and are meant to care for their children and homes. Although women had never been keepers before, the community has embraced the new program and is excited to hear what these women have accomplished, rushing to them when they return home to learn news of each of the elephants in their care.

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. Follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e get involved and support their crucial work. 
@conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive

Photo by Ami Vitale @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 Africa. Traditionally in Kenya women marry young and are meant to care for their children and homes. Although women had never been keepers before, the community has embraced the new program and is excited to hear what these women have accomplished, rushing to them when they return home to learn news of each of the elephants in their care. 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. Follow @amivitale and @r .e.s.c.u.e get involved and support their crucial work. @conservationorg @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #protectelephants #elephants #stoppoaching #kenya #worthmorealive