Two of the more intriguing collective name's for a mammal are for the rhinoceros, i.e. (1) a crash, or (2) a stubbornness.
I have always rather fancied the term “crash”. It conjures up a wonderful mind-picture of the probable consequences of running, accidentally of course, full tilt into two or more rhinos.
When one sees a fully grown white (aka square-lipped) rhinoceros “in the flesh”, then the term “stubborn” also becomes a lot more imaginable.......
Most of you reading this blog posting are probably aware of the viciously cruel and highly illegal war currently being waged against the rhino – all for the sake of unproven, traditional medicines – the power of belief..........
I'm not going to go in that direction right here, but at the bottom of this posting I've provided a couple of links for those of you who would wish to know a bit more about what's happening in that space.
The main purpose of this particular posting is to share with you, via some of my favourite photos, the magnificence of these prehistoric looking creatures.
In Southern Africa we have both the White (Square-lipped) Rhino and the Black (Hook-lipped) Rhino. Nothing to do with their colour – they are both dark grey when seen “clean” of any mud or dust. But they are quite different species - one eats grass, the other leaves & twigs; one's a lot bigger, the other more the size of a buffalo; the white tends to be more placid, the black more nervous and/or aggressive.... the list goes on....
Only a hundred years ago the White Rhino was on the brink of extinction and up until quite recently the rhino most likely to be seen in the wild was the Black Rhino. That situation has switched quite dramatically in the last 30 years. Incredible conservation efforts in South Africa brought the White rhino back, off the endangered list. Now, most of us who spend a lot of time in the bush, get VERY excited when we see Black rhino.
That's one reason why I decided to post about the rhino this week. My clients and I had an unusually great, “once in a lifetime”, sighting of a Black rhino last week and I wanted to share those photos plus a few more.....
|That Black Rhino|
|"Once in a lifetime" sighting - Black Rhino drinking at a waterhole|
We definitely see the White Rhino more often, many times in a "crash"........
|Wallowing - a favourite pastime|
- Please note that I have carefully selected and edited the photos for this posting, not just for the rhino “story”, but also so that the rhino locations cannot be readily identified by potential illegal hunters / poachers.
- Related links / articles on the rhino "war":-a) National Geographic Rhino Wars
b) The latest statistics from National Parks Sanparks news
|Two White Rhino males "facing off"|