Meet Kitui, Lewa’s baby black rhino

Kitui the baby black rhino
Kitui the baby black rhino (Instagram/Lewa Wildlife)

Baby black rhino Kitui is being cared for and raised by the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy after his blind mother was unable to protect her previous babies from predators.

With black rhinos numbers at critically endangered levels, Kitui is one of Kenya’s estimated 640 remaining.

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Hi everyone! NatGeo's YourShot featured one of my stories today about a Lewa ranger and our new orphaned baby rhino Kitui. Leruati Morijo is employed as a ranger on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. He works on a remote outpost where he must often spend weeks at a time without seeing his family. He understands that just because we have the power to destroy other living things, does not give us the right. He recognizes the sentience of non-human beings, and protects those who do not have a voice. If there is any hope left for wildlife on Earth, it is because of people like him. You can see the feature on the NatGeo website here: Thanks guys! ☺️ @natgeoyourshot @natgeowild.hd @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #natgeo #nationalgeographic #lewa #kenya #africa #rhino #baby #babyrhino #blackrhino #rhinobaby #love #beauty #conservation #wildlife

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Once he reaches 3 or 4 years of age, he’ll be released back into the wild.

At nights, the baby black rhino spends the night in a pen next to where his keepers sleep. Their close proximity allows them check on him throughout the night.