Karanja was the Maasai Mara’s most famous of its forty-nine black rhinos, famous for his age but probably more so for his magnificent 34 inch horns which made him so easily recognisable from the rest.
He was easily the oldest rhino in the reserve and died of natural causes on Christmas Eve 2014 at the age of around 44 years old. He was a rare living link from an era when rhinos were still common, and just as much as it was a privilege to see him his natural surroundings, it becomes a relief to know, against all odds, that he completed his life naturally.
To remember Karanja, I’m offering this high quality A2 sized print signed by me.
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There has always been some question of his true age, with most sources now putting him at 43. All I know was that he was one of five founding originals of the Solio Game Reserve in Laikipia, established for the conservation of rhinos in 1970 before making the Maasai Mara his home. Nevertheless he reached the age where so few wild rhinos ever get to reach.
There needs to be a special mention made too of the rangers of the reserve who must be applauded in ensuring Karanja got the life he deserved.
See also my Christmas Day Facebook post of him here.