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Black Rhino at Lewa by David Clarke

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All rhinos are endangered, so many having been massacred by poachers for their horns. Fortunately there are now many game parks in various African countries endeavouring to bring numbers back up to levels where the threat of extinction is diminished.

These creatures are truly magnificent; primitive, primeaval, and with a rugged, powerful beauty. It is a privilege to be close to them, albeit from the security of a vehicle: they are not to be underestimated.

This fellow is one of over 50 now roaming Lewa game park in Kenya. He caught the scent of an orange that one of our party had peeled and was desperately trying to find the source of the tantalising aroma. Fortunately for us, he lost the scent and finally wandered off.

Black Rhinoceros or Hook-lipped Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)

Canon D60 with Canon 300mm 2.8L IS with x2 extender; ISO 200 f5.6 1/1500 Formatted to a square crop using the full height of the original frame.

Number of views as of 27 March 2011 – 1363

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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thank you.

    – David Clarke

  • jinney
    jinneyalmost 6 years ago

    I JUST LOVE THIS-his ears..expression!

  • Thanks very much

    – David Clarke

  • mc27
    mc27almost 6 years ago

    … it looks like that the horn is transparent like glass?? By the way … nice shot, the rhino seems to smile =))

  • I hadn’t noticed that about the horn – a trick of the light of course. Glad you liked it, thanks

    – David Clarke

  • jujubean
    jujubeanalmost 6 years ago

    ohh-isn’t he a beauty!!!

  • Yes, he was truly magnificent.

    – David Clarke

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    fantastic capture

  • Many thanks, kathy.

    – David Clarke

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning – lucky you had a zoom

  • Thanks very much, Kelly. Yes, a zoom is the only way to go with these fellas, otherwise it would be too close for comfort!

    – David Clarke

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    INCREDIBLE!!!!!! Such an amazing animal!!!!!!

  • Thanks so much, Lorilee, he was truly awesome!

    – David Clarke

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    NatureGreeting...almost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous photo, and happy to hear this big fellow lost the scent of that orange! For your sake! LOL! Poaching is so sad, I often wonder how many animals will only be preserved in a photo!! Mankind can be so greedy! Congratulations on your well deserved feature! :) Carolyn

  • Thanks very much, Carolyn. This reserve at Lewa and others in the Laikipia area are doing a lot for the wonderful animals, but it’s an uphill battle.

    – David Clarke

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkalmost 6 years ago

    This is an awesome catch David….and a fantastic close up with great detail. I agree…good thing he lost the scent. lol

  • Thanks so much, Ginny. Yes we were somewhat relieved when he wandered off, especially as we had a puncture immediately after and had to leave the vehicle while the tyre was sorted!

    – David Clarke

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 6 years ago

    Wow….great close-up David. Perfect!!

  • Many thanks, Olitto – that was as close as I wanted to be!!

    – David Clarke

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