National Geographic (@natgeo) October 2017

Photo by @amivitale Mpala takes a plop and a rest among the chaos of the mud hole fun at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r.e.s.c.u.e ) inside the boma in #Kenya These #elephants were rescued after being orphaned or abandoned — some due to drought and environmental conditions, some due to poaching. They are under the care of wildlife keepers recruited from the local community, who also lead the sanctuary and the nearby Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy until they are old enough to be released back into the wild. This is the first wild life sanctuary owned and run by the indigenous community in all of #Africa Much needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife but very little has been said about the indigenous communities on the frontline and the incredible work they do to protect these animals. These communities hold the key to saving Africa's great animals. Read my story in the August issue of the magazine or online and follow @amivitale and @r.e.s.c.u.e to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @conservationorg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @thephotosociety