Rescued elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary are looked after by local keepers from the Samburu, part of the Namunyak Community Conservancy in Northern Kenya, Reteti is the first-ever community-owned and -run elephant orphanage in Africa. Their goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orphaned or abandoned elephant calfs into the wild. (Photo by Ami Vitale)

“My Africa” a virtual reality film narrated by star Lupita Nyong’o that highlights how a community in Samburu County, is leading the conservation of threatened wildlife in an area with a dark history of poaching has bagged a global award.

The film was announced as the winner of this years’ Jackson Hole Science Media Awards that showcase the world’s most effective science storytellers and stories.

The nine minute film emerged top in the Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling category for “effectively using 360 technology and resources to advance an appreciation or understanding of a scientific discipline, discovery or principle.”

The film takes the audience through a journey to the 394,000-hectare Namunyak Community Conservancy home to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary where local community member rescue and nurture injured and orphaned baby elephants before returning them to the wild.

 

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