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One of the Big Five in Africa
Canon PowerShot S51S
Photo: Kruger National Park, South Africa
PHOTOGRAPHY: Wildlife in Africa

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23 February 2011.

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19 Oct. 2011.

Thanks to the wonderful person who bought a card today! ;-)
2 June 2011.

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You wanted to say?… (This is a white Rhino)
Size: The rhinoceros stands about 60 inches at the shoulder.
Weight: Black Rhino: 1 to 1½ tons. White Rhino: over 2 tons.

Habitat: Grassland and open savannahs. Black rhinos have various habitats, but mainly areas with dense, woody vegetation. White rhinos live in savannahs with water holes, mud wallows and shade trees.

Diet: Vegetarian. Black Rhino – browser. White Rhino – grazer.
Diet Description: The black rhino is a browser, with a triangular-shaped upper lip ending in a mobile grasping point. It eats a large variety of vegetation, including leaves, buds and shoots of plants, bushes and trees. The white rhino is a grazer feeding on grasses.

The Rhinoceros Socialisation: Rhinos live in home ranges that sometimes overlap with each other. Feeding grounds, water holes and wallows may be shared. The black rhino is usually solitary. The white rhino tends to be much more gregarious. Rhinos are also rather ill-tempered and have become more so in areas where they have been constantly disturbed. While their eyesight is poor, which is why they will often charge without apparent reason, their sense of smell and hearing are very good. They have an extended “vocabulary” of growls, grunts, squeaks, snorts and bellows. When attacking, the rhino lowers its head, snorts, breaks into a gallop reaching speeds of 30 miles an hour, and gores or strikes powerful blows with its horns. Still, for all its bulk, the rhino is very agile and can quickly turn in a small space.

The rhino has a symbiotic relationship with oxpeckers, also called tick birds. In Swahili the tick bird is named “askari wa kifaru,” meaning “the rhino’s guard.” The bird eats ticks it finds on the rhino and noisily warns of danger. Although the birds also eat blood from sores on the rhino’s skin and thus obstruct healing, they are still tolerated

Lifespan: 35 to 40 years.
Reproduction: Young are born after a gestation period of 16 months.
Predators: Humans. Man is the cause of the demise of the rhino. In the wild, the adult black or white rhino has no true natural predators and, despite its size and antagonistic reputation, it is extremely easy for man to kill. A creature of habit that lives in a well-defined home range, it usually goes to water holes daily, where it is easily ambushed. The dramatic decline in rhino is unfortunate in an era of increasing conservation but efforts are underway to save the rhino from extinction.

The black, or hooked-lipped rhino, along with all other rhino species, is an odd-toed ungulate (three toes on each foot). It has a thick, hairless, grey hide. Both the black and white rhino have two horns, the longer of which sits at the front of the nose.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonalmost 4 years ago

    Strong and sturdy! And how ANYBODY can think of killing this magnificent animal for that horn is beyond me… What a great shot Liz, she is absolutely beautiful! And so are the other pics! Just look at that gorgeous baby!

  • Thanks so much Maree, yes that is something I also can’t understand at all! I just had to share all my pics because it was such a wonderful experience to see these lovely animals right in front of our eyes! They looked as if they are having a meeting, discussing serious matters!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 4 years ago

    Such a wonderful site this must have been, Liz! We only see this type animal in a zoo. I think it’s important that we see them in the wild, crossing a street or having a meeting. Do they ever attack humans or cars? that horn looks very dangerous! And that baby!!! what a cutie!! I’m pretty sure mom would want you getting too close… Fabulous shots, my friend!!!

  • I’ve never heard that they attacked cars or people Barb, but they are wild animals and one must treat them with respect.
    Thanks for enjoying with me!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 4 years ago

    what a HUNK!! amazing shots…

  • Thanks so much Sally! Much appreciated! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 4 years ago

  • Oh, how lovely! Thanks so much Karen! I’m pleased!;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...almost 4 years ago

    MASSIVE! Great captures and thanks for sharing the story. Bravo!

  • Thank you Joe, much appreciated!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture.

  • Thanks so much Don! Appreciation.;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture of the Rhino.

  • Thanks so much! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonalmost 4 years ago

    talk about a road block! I thought the sheep were neat in Wyoming! great catch Elizabeth! take care, Linda

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffalmost 4 years ago

    ’n Uitstekende foto, en ook van die res van die groep: ’n unieke dier wat beskerm móét word!

  • Baie dankie Rina! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • My pleasure, thanks for accepting David!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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