Ami Vitale. Baraka.
By Ami Vitale
Baraka is a blind, black rhino. He is Ol Pejeta's official rhino ambassador and an ambassador for his critically endangered species. Fewer than 6,000 black rhinos are alive today.
Baraka is friendly and loving, especially towards women. Because he is blind, his senses of hearing and smell are stronger that those of black rhinos in the wild.
He's not a morning person, and often refuses to wake up when his rangers call him. He dedicates half of his day to sleeping and the other half to eating.
One of his favorite pastimes is escaping from his 100-acre enclosure to mark his territory outside the boundary fence, then sneaking back as if no one has noticed.
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National Geographic Magazine photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale has traveled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Learn more about Ami Vitale.