Rhino are my favorite animals. They are a quintessential example of silent strength and peaceful power. Sadly, rhinos are critically endangered. Therefore, they are also a stark reminder that we, humans, need to take immediate action to save these iconic and beautiful creatures.
On my shoulder I have a tattoo of a rhino silhouetted by the sun, which I got a few years before ever traveling to Kenya. I frequently imagined what it would be like to see a rhino in the wild. Imagining the scene from my tattoo becoming a reality. But my first sighting of a black rhino in the wild was so much more special than I ever could have dreamed. To see a rhino emerge from the fog, backlit by the rising sun, with a calf in tow, brought me to tears of wonderment and joy. This moment will be with me always.
I genuinely hope these incredible creatures will be around for future generations to observe and appreciate for years to come.