2015 Photo Contest, Nature, Singles, 2nd prize

Orphaned Rhino

Photographer

Ami Vitale

National Geographic

23 November, 2014

A group of young Samburu warriors touch a black rhino for the first time in their lives, at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in northern Kenya. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife living around them, especially at such close quarters.

About

Ami Vitale

She has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” She is an Ambassador for Nikon and...

Background story

A group of young Samburu warriors touch a black rhino for the first time in their lives, at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in northern Kenya.

Black rhinos are almost extinct in Kenya. This young calf had been orphaned when poachers killed its mother, and was hand-raised at Lewa. Most people in Kenya never get the opportunity to see the wildlife living around them, especially at such close quarters. Attention is often given to the effect of poaching on wildlife, but there is little focus on indigenous communities, who are on the frontline in the clash between poachers and armed game wardens.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/160
Focal length
28.0 mm
F-Stop
14.0
ISO
320
Camera
Nikon D4S

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