The White Rhinoceros

I will have a post just for this species as it produced amazing sightings this month in iSimangaliso Wetland Park and nearby Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. An incredible animal to see and photograph. The second largest land mammal weighing in between 2000-3000kg, standing 5-6 feet tall at the shoulder, living up to 50 years, while reaching speeds of up to 50km/h, make this an awesome animal. This is the area in which the white rhino population was saved as it neared extinction about a century ago. There were few rhinos left in the wild (less than 100) all found in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Through large efforts of conservation the population in that park alone is now up to 2200 individuals while the total is around 14 000, giving it a ‘near-threatened’ classification, the only rhino species to be clear of the endangered classification. Although efforts remain to save this wonderful creature, the world’s oldest land mammal, in South Africa alone this year there have been approximately 150 rhinos found dead as a result of poaching. I have had the absolute pleasure in being right beside these awe-inspiring animals this month and year, and I hope you enjoy these photos of the white rhinoceros.

Silhouette rhino

Baby rhino

Baby rhino 2

Mother and young rhino

Mother and young rhino 2

Mother and young rhino with zebra

White Rhinoceros

Rhino pair walking the path

Rhino pair on road

Rhino on road

Rhino pair

Group of rhino in iSimangaliso

5 rhino, zebra, reedbuck, kudu in iSimangaliso

Rhino reflection

Rhino coming after us

Rhino relaxing

The White Rhinoceros

Responses

  1. Amazing shots! Can you run faster then 50k/h?

  2. Baby rhino 2 is my favourite. Very nice shots!


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