Baby black rhinoceros, Maalim, is heading in for his evening bottle and then a good night’s sleep at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust outside Nairobi. Apparently abandoned by his mother, days-old Maalim (named for the ranger who rescued him) was found in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary and taken to the Trust. Now at 20 months, he has grown quite a bit but is still just hip-high! Black rhinos, critically endangered with a total wild population believed to be around 4,200 animals, continue to be poached (along with white rhinos) for their horns. "Into Africa" on p. 14 chronicles the visit to the Trust and other Kenyan conservation program sites by AWI’s Cathy Liss.
Photo by Cathy Liss