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Left: A devotee celebrates the feast of St. Sebastian in Jaffna, Sri Lanka January 20, 2015. Right: Kamara, a rhino keeper, walks with three rhinos, Hope, Kilifi and Nicky at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

You’ve probably heard it said before: Some people just don’t know when to quit.

For photographer Ami Vitale, quitting has never been an option. When faced with difficult stories of poverty, animal poaching, or civil unrest, Vitale has pushed through physical and emotional obstacles to tell meaningful stories. Her passion for photojournalism has led her to many distant places, including Guinea-Bissau, where her career started, and India, which she made her home for nearly six years. Instead of bouncing around the world and only staying for short moments, Vitale believes that staying in one place is essential to truly understanding the story you are trying to tell.

Now Vitale lives in Montana, taking a turn at telling the story of families who make their homes out West. Here, we share a few visual snippets from Vitale’s recent projects on the world’s panda populations, daily life in Sri Lanka, and wildlife in Kenya.

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Deeply saddened by the news coming out of Nepal. This photo was taken in Rukum District in 2004. Please help how you can. For more updates and ways to help, follow @mountainworld or click the link in my profile.

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These baby pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base were born weighing only a few ounces and will grow to 40kg by the time they are 6 months old!

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These small gestures of love remind me of my own big sister. On assignment in Sri Lanka.

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A contest to see who can blow up the balloon and pop it fastest while celebrating the Thai Pongal festival in Sri Lanka. The festival is a celebration of the Sun God in thanks for a plentiful harvest.

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The ice cream truck comes to town. Celebrating the Thai Pongal festival in Sri Lanka.

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A baby elephant hides under his mother for protection while the others play at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya.

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