white rhinos!

every now and then you come upon a surprise in the Maasai Mara…

there are only a few white rhinos left in the Maasai Mara park, and they live in one of the hillsides. apparently white rhinos are nice n friendly, while black rhinos are not so nice, and will likely charge your jeep. thankfully these white rhinos were particularly friendly, since they are surrounded by a rotating group of 20 anti-poaching troops, armed with AK-47’s, 24 hours a day. apparently a rhino horn is worth over a million shilling ($12,000), and they’ve had to defend the rhinos by shooting at poachers in the past. (no pics of the soldiers, as I felt a little weird taking their pictures if I couldn’t ask them in Swahili first).

they eat incessantly, and don’t look up much, which means you have to make sure you get out of their way. the smaller one is a 3 year old named Kofi Annan, after the UN secretary who helped calm the election violence 3 years ago.

more animals soon!

-ray

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