Fotografinja Ami Vitale je uspela pridobiti ekskluzivni dostop do kitajskega raziskovalnega centra Wolong National Nature Reserve, kjer strokovnjaki pande pripravljajo na življenje v divjini. V naravi namreč obstaja samo 1600 velikih pand. Vodja centra Zhang Hemin z ekipo mlade, v ujetništvu rojene pande pripravlja z natančnim posnemanjem naravnega habitata.
Jelha Ram, a camel trader from Nagor, India lstands with one of his camels as sun sets at the largest camel fair in the world in Pushkar, India in the state of Rajasthan November 11, 2005. Thousands of camels and traders come to the annual event which some say has been going on for centuries.
Skrbniki so tako predani , da nosijo kostume pand, da bi čim bolj ponazorili okoliščine, v katerih se bo spuščena žival morala znajti. Kostumi imajo celo vonj po pandah. Tudi drugi udeleženci, ki so v stiku s pandami, so našemljeni. Ekipa iz National Geographica, ki je posnela posebno oddajo o delu v rezervatu, je na primer oblečena v drevesa.
V rezervatu ogrožene, a nadvse ljubke živali trenirajo, da se naučijo same poiskati vodo, hrano in zavetišče. Z razvojem jih pošiljajo v čedalje bolj kompleksne habitate, da nadaljujejo svoje »šolanje«. Ko postanejo dovolj samostojne, jih spustijo v divjino. Dvoletna panda Zhang Xiang je bila na takšnem usposabljanju 26 mesecev, preden je postala prva samica, ki so jo uspešno spustili v divjino lanskega novembra.
Camel traders from India look at the vast offerings as sun falls at the largest camel fair in the world in Pushkar, India in the state of Rajasthan November 26, 2001. Thousands of camels and traders come to the annual event which some say have been going on for centuries.
Ami Vitale Ami Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries.
Her journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to 90 countries and her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication and been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. She is a Nikon Ambassador, has judged the most prestigious photo contests and is a contract photographer with National Geographic Magazine.
Recently, she has been the subject of the ten part tv series for National Geographic Channel and another documentary series “Over the Islands of Africa”. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful stories illustrating the very specific issues women in developing countries face. She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the Alexia Foundation’s Photojournalism Advisory Board.
Now based in Montana, she continues to make films and stories of the planet’s most important issues and frequently gives lectures and workshops throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia.
Villagers fetch water from a polluted hole in the village of Dambas, 80 kilometers outside of Wajir, in northern Kenya May 10, 2006. Many people are suffering from diarrhoea, cholera, malaria and are even more vulnerable to diseases because of their weakened state. The number of people who are at risk in the Horn of Africa is estimated to be around 15 million of which more than 8 million have been identified as being in need of urgent emergency assistance. Though the rains have come and turned the land green, the problems facing the pastoralists still persist after 3 years of drought that resulted in severe livelihood stress, food insecurity, livestock deaths and high rates of malnutrition. (Ami Vitale)
Villagers mourn the death of five people who were killed along with 48 who were injured, when a grenade exploded in the hands of a man who was seeking to extort money from a family in Badgam district of Kashmir, March 10, 2004. Locals said the man was a former militant who was extorting money from villagers and thousands came out to mourn the deaths. Tens of thousands of people have died in Kashmir since the eruption of anti-Indian revolt in the region in 1989. Separatists put the toll at between 80,000 and 100,000.
Fotografije: © Ami Vitale
Photo: © Ami Vitale