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Kenya's Annual Rhino Charge Raises Record $1.4M for Conservation

A much-anticipated event, Kenya's annual Rhino Charge brings off-road vehicles and their teams to a remote part of the country to find out who can tackle the most inhospitable terrain within the course of a day. The teams raise money to participate, and the funds go toward nature conservation efforts.
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A charge car decked out with rhino horns gets ready to participate in the 28th annual Rhino Charge, held this year in the rocky terrain of Narok county, Kenya, May 29, 2016. The event began in 1989, through the Rhino Ark charitable trust, to raise money for the conservation of the Aberdares mountain ecosystem, later expanding to help Mount Kenya and the Mau Forests Complex. (J. Craig/VOA)
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A charge car decked out with rhino horns gets ready to participate in the 28th annual Rhino Charge, held this year in the rocky terrain of Narok county, Kenya, May 29, 2016. The event began in 1989, through the Rhino Ark charitable trust, to raise money for the conservation of the Aberdares mountain ecosystem, later expanding to help Mount Kenya and the Mau Forests Complex. (J. Craig/VOA)

Rhino Charge competitors chat during scrutineering (or inspection of competing cars) in Narok county, Kenya, May 29, 2016. The annual event is "a big, big thing for these guys, and there's many, many a night spent in bars around Kenya, guys talking about where they went wrong and the guy who won saying how he was so good," said one of more than 200 unpaid volunteers for the Rhino Charge. (J. Craig/VOA)
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Rhino Charge competitors chat during scrutineering (or inspection of competing cars) in Narok county, Kenya, May 29, 2016. The annual event is "a big, big thing for these guys, and there's many, many a night spent in bars around Kenya, guys talking about where they went wrong and the guy who won saying how he was so good," said one of more than 200 unpaid volunteers for the Rhino Charge. (J. Craig/VOA)

People chat at Rhino Charge as cars are inspected in Narok county, Kenya, May 29, 2016. Teams are allowed up to six people per vehicle, usually made up of a driver, a navigator and up to four runners. (J. Craig/VOA)
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People chat at Rhino Charge as cars are inspected in Narok county, Kenya, May 29, 2016. Teams are allowed up to six people per vehicle, usually made up of a driver, a navigator and up to four runners. (J. Craig/VOA)

A Rhino Charge official checks cars for the event, which is held in a different remote area of Kenya each year. The location is kept secret to participants until the last minute. (J. Craig/VOA)
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A Rhino Charge official checks cars for the event, which is held in a different remote area of Kenya each year. The location is kept secret to participants until the last minute. (J. Craig/VOA)

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