Photo by @amivitale | Yusuf watches over Kilifi and the other young rhinos at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) in 2013. This was my first glimpse into the unwavering commitment of these keepers and the sacrifices they make to protect endangered animals. Kilifi was one of about 4,500 black rhinos remaining on the planet. He was feisty, social and adored by everyone who met him.
In honor of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22, I am sharing some of my favorite images of these magnificent, ancient creatures. Together we can work to save them. Please visit and support the communities that protect them. Follow @amivitale@grumetifund@lewa_wildlife@olpejeta & @nrt_kenya to learn more.