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Yao in Africa [lots of pics]

August 15th, 2012
by John

After Yao left the London Olympics a few days ago, he took a Virgin Atlantic flight to Africa where he has been filming a documentary for WildAid to help save endangered species.

August 2012, Yao Ming on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Africa

Below, Yao is with armed guards in Kenya who do rhino patrolling at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to Kenya’s highest concentration of wildlife.

August 2012 - Yao Ming poses with security guards who try to protect rhinos from poaching

The guards know each and every rhino by name and sight, and if they can’t find one during their daily patrol, then they use a plane to patrol the entire conservancy until all rhinos are accounted for. Pictured below, Yao meets two of the rhinos.

August 2012 - Yao Ming meets two rhinos in Kenya

But protecting rhinos from illegal poaching is time consuming and expensive. That’s one of the reasons why Yao has made the trip, and is blogging for WildAid here where you can see many more photos and personal blog entries from his trip.

You can also see Raymond’s coverage of Yao’s trip starting here in the YaoMania forum.

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