The last goodbye

Ami Vitale's Image

Joseph Wachira comforts Sudan, the last male northern white rhino left on the planet, moments before he passed away at Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.

Suffering from age-related complications, he died surrounded by the people who had cared for him. With every extinction we suffer more than loss of ecosystem health. When we see ourselves as part of nature, we understand that saving nature is really about saving ourselves. Ami's hope is that Sudan’s legacy will serve as a catalyst to awaken humanity to this reality.


Behind the lens

Ami Vitale

USA

Image details

  • Nikon D850
  • 24.0–70.0mm f2.8 lens at 62mm
  • 1/160 sec at ƒ3.5
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