One the benefits of living with the Sr. Director of Finance for a Zoo is you get to do really cool things. I while back we had the opportunity to go on a Photo Safari in Kenya. As a photographer, this was going to be a thrill of a lifetime. I just did not know how right I was…

While staying near Mount Kenya, we had visit a small reserve. On the reserve was a very old rhino that had been orphaned while young but needed protection. So from a very early age to the present there were constant guards around him. While still a wild animal, he was very use to human interaction such as feedings and photo ops. This was my day. As I stood waiting my turn the rhino was laying on his belly just enjoy the leaves that people were brining to him. However, when it was my turn, he decided to stand up while I was standing next to him.

The guards immediately moved me out of the way and my heart moved up into my throat, I was sure that I was goner right there with my wife watching. After a few minutes, the rhino and the guards calmed down and I was able to feed the rhino rather than just take the photo opportunity. To say it was a thrill of a lifetime is an understatement.