Instagram – July 1st, 2018

A beautiful tribute to the beautiful people who constantly strive to save Africa’s wildlife ❤️ 📷 by @amivitale
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Kamara, a Kenyan rhino keeper is nuzzled by black rhino Kilifi who he hand-raised along with two other baby rhinos at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife ) in Kenya. Kamara spends 12 hours every day watching over the vulnerable baby rhinos. If you went back 50 years, this is where one of the densest populations of black rhinos lived, but today most people living here have never seen a rhino in their life despite it being the most perfect habitat for them. In two generations, this animal was poached almost to extinction. These communities and people like Kamara hold the key to saving Africa’s great animals.

These images are being shared in celebration of the 2018 National Geographic Explorers Festival, which brings together innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers from around the world to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future. To showcase the work of this community, @cara_santa_maria – an award-winning science journalist, the creator of the popular podcast “Talk Nerdy,” and a correspondent on National Geographic’s Explorer television program – has selected six images from photographers who are also National Geographic Explorers. Learn more about the Explorers Festival and watch a livestream at