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The Last Stand, Kenya, 2015

As a trained biologist and conservationist I am driven to capture images that depict our relationship with, and impact on, the natural world. Fewer animals more iconically represent this than rhinos. Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia, but in recent years have been poached to the brink of extinction. The white rhino is the largest of the five surviving rhino species and one of the world’s biggest land animals, second only to the African and Asian elephant in size.

White rhinos, unlike their African cousins the black rhinos, form complex social structures, but in all my time shooting rhinos I had never seen a group the size of this one gathered under a tree situated on the plains of Laikipia. Although it was late in the morning, the light had a golden, diffuse quality to it, allowing me to produce an exposure with a good tonal range and a strong composition that incorporated the tree and the unmistakeable outline of Mount Kenya in the distance.

Location: Solio, Laikipia, Kenya
Photograph Date: 2015
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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0.7 Meter Classic – (27.50” x 18.25”), 1.0 Meter Classic – (39.25” x 26.25”), 1.5 Meter Classic – (59.00“ x 39.25”), 2.0 Meter Classic – (72.00” x 48.00”)

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About the Photographer

Robin Moore

Robin Moore is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author and conservationist. His photographs regularly appear on the pages of National Geographic Magazine, the Economist, Newsweek and Esquire.

Moore developed an interest in nature at a young age while out exploring his home country of Scotland. His interests grew as he began to travel abroad, instilling a desire to protect the places he visited and the creatures that live there.

Since earning his PhD in Biodiversity Conservation, Moore has been a powerful voice in the fight to protect animals and nature. Moore turned to photography in order to tell the stories of his explorations, educating a broader audience. “My passion for wildlife and wild places inspires my photography and motivates me to use my images in any way I can to advance their protection.”

In 2010, Moore’s photography and storytelling came together as he led the "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign. Moore created a "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, inspiring a journey across 21 countries, with 33 teams searching on five continents for the world’s rarest amphibians. This led Moore to release his first book in 2014, "In Search of Lost Frogs", a 70,000-word narrative wrapped around 400 images depicting the search for some of the most elusive creatures on earth. The "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign was wildly successful; within a year, scientists found 20 of the "lost" frogs--one of which had last been seen in 1874.

Moore’s tireless work capturing some of the rarest creatures on film, lead to the shot of two endangered rhinos on the cover of Newsweek Magazine, in the November issue of 2014. The article “Extinct.com— The Black Market Trade for Endangered Animals Flourishes on the Web” exposed how some of the rarest species on Earth are being killed off and traded on Facebook.

Recently, Moore has been working on a project to broaden these efforts to other taxonomic groups. As communications director with Global Wildlife Conservation, he is developing a platform to showcase stories of species both ‘lost and found’.

In between his travels and photography assignments, Moore hosts a podcast for National Geographic called "No Filter," where he interviews fellow award-winning photographers such as, Cory Richards, Joel Sartore and Jim Richardson about their craft.

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