Photo by @amivitale . alio balde scrubs his body in front of the touffe in a village in the eastern part of the west african country of guinea bissau.
this week i am sharing my work on the @alexiafoundation account. in 2000, i was awarded a professional #alexiagrant to document the life of the people of guinea bissau. the alexia foundation will begin accepting applications for its 2017 professional and student grants on jan. 2, 2017.
my time there was a look into the simplicity and beauty of how the majority of people on this planet live. through it all, i was reminded of how similar we all are despite the distances between us. one memory in particular reminds me of this — on my last evening in the small village i sat with a group of children beneath a sea of stars talking into the night about my upcoming return home. alio innocently asked me if we had a moon in america. it seemed so symbolic and touching that he should feel that america was a so far away we would not share the same moon in our sky.
this week, i thought of alio again as i gazed at the full moon and i imagine him standing under that big sea of stars looking up at it. the moon is like a collective third eye. it shows us our common identity without borders. it gives us a sense of oneness. it serves as a constant reminder that we are all tied together in an intricate web, whether we believe it or not.
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Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. a hyena stalks a young, injured reticulated giraffe at loisaba wildlife conservancy (@loisaba_conservancy ) in northern kenya. scientists say the giraffe population continues to decrease, with a little over 95,000 individuals now left in their native habitats. that is a 40 percent drop over 20 years, sparking concern that if the trend continues, these iconic animals could become extinct in the wild within a generation. the decline is believed to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation coupled with poaching, but because there have been no long-term conservation efforts, it is hard to know what is really happening and how best to inform communities, conservationists and decision-makers.
seemingly ubiquitous, it turns out we know very little about giraffe behavior — how they live, where they move and even why their necks are so long. i accompanied conservationist david o'connor of san diego zoo global (@sandiegozoo ) and dr. julian fennessy, director of the giraffe conservation foundation (@giraffe_conservation ), along with veterinarian mathew mutinda and a team from kenya wildlife service (@kenyawildlifeservice ) as they attached tiny, solar-powered satellite tracker to the ossicone (boney, horn-like structures atop their heads) of 11 giraffes. knowing which areas are vital to giraffe at different times of year and how they move across the landscape is essential to ensuring their survival.the hope is to use these exciting new insights to assist communities and conservancies at the frontiers of conservation to continue to save these towering icons of africa. if it works, the horizon may be bright for these giraffe, and the people with whom they share their landscapes. learn more in my national geographic story: http://on.natgeo.com/2sw5xvb
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