Baby rhino sleeps with park ranger

A ranger takes a nap during an overnight shift with three orphaned rhinos in Kenya. © Ami Vitale via New York Times Lens

The New York Times Lens recently featured a heart-warming photo essay highlighting how local communities in Kenya are working to protect their endangered wildlife.

In the photo above, a ranger named Kamara is sleeping with three orphaned rhino calves at Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The baby rhino he’s resting on was abandoned when his mother was poached at the nearby Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 50 miles away from Lewa.

Rhino guards in Kenya

Rangers use bloodhounds to track poachers in the 62,000-acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. © Ami Vitale

Check out the full article – “It Takes a Village to Protect a Rhino” – to see more uplifting wildlife photos from Kenya and an interview with photographer Ami Vitale.  She is working on an important photography and multimedia project to educate the greater public about how local communities in northern Kenya have been successful in protecting wildlife from poachers.

Visit to start planning a trip to see a multitude of wildlife in Kenya, and make sure to include a trip to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, where these photos were taken.  Lewa is home to over 70 animal species, including more than 10 percent of Kenya’s endangered black rhinos and 20% of the endangered Grevy’s zebras in the world.

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