At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and just 160 miles from Nairobi, Kenya's Amboseli National Park stands as one of the world's premiere spots for seeing large wild animals: African elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffalos, impalas, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeests. To keep track of how the animals are faring in the face of various threats to their well-being — drought, poachers, encroaching townships, among other things — officials are now preparing to conduct an "aerial census." Here, a few photos from their practice runs.TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images WATERING HOLE TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images LION IN THE SUN
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