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Photo Safari – White Rhino

I will now proceed to embarrass myself and National Geographic by posting some holiday snaps of South African wildlife that are nowhere near as good as the kind of shots that typically grace the legendary yellow rectangle. The baby rhino above is not impressed. Be gentler, kind readers. Be gentler.

First off, white rhinos. This seems appropriate: it was World Rhino Day while I was away, and I came home to learn that a record number of South African white rhinos had been killed by poachers in 2012. With heart-breaking predictions that the whites may be extinct in the wild within the next decade, I feel exceptionally grateful to have seen the individuals that I did.

A lone male.

A lone male.

The baby rhino suckles from its mother. We saw this pair three times and each was an utter joy.

The baby rhino suckles from its mother. We saw this pair three times and each was an utter joy.

[Insert Far Side caption]

This demands a Far Side-style caption. Perhaps: “Trouble Brewing”.

Portrait of a rhino. Note also the drongo sitting on its back, looking for insects that are disturbed by its footfalls.

Portrait of a rhino. Note also the drongo sitting on its back, looking for insects that are disturbed by its footfalls.

Grumpy baby rhino is pleased that you liked the earlier photo of grumpy baby rhino. Credit: Ed Yong

Finally, for more information about the rhino crisis, check out John Platt’s one-stop link shop. This baby rhino will thank you for it.

There are 18 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Old Geezer
    October 4, 2013

    I would like to welcome you back and suggest the caption for the above photograph: “You may be wondering why I called this meeting…”

  2. HP
    October 4, 2013

    The drongo and rhino image reminds me of Iago (drongo) and Othello (rhino).

  3. Hwang Shin Moon
    October 8, 2013

    The first baby rhino looks like my bridge partner, after I have made a particularly unfortunate bid.

    Good job! I really enjoyed this.

  4. geonut
    October 8, 2013

    the little rhino in the last photo reminds me of the time I was at a “safari” type zoo in San diego and got to see a recently born rhino experienceing it’s first rain. I’ll never forget it.

  5. Sean Kelly
    October 8, 2013

    Fantastic photos of white rhino. We must continue to support the preservation of these wonderful animals. We have a responsibility to do so for future generations.

  6. rita
    October 11, 2013

    I think all animals should be protected as an artist point of view without them there wont be any work for future generations of wildlife artists.

  7. THAPELO VICTOR TUKU
    October 12, 2013

    I think each and everyone must protect any kind of animal small or big

  8. Glorious Nature
    October 29, 2013

    Exquisite pictures of exquisite animals.

    The Southern White Rhinoceros
    (Ceratotherium simum simun)

    Fast facts:

    Range: Open plains and bushveldt of southern Africa

    Weigh up to 2.5 tons (2300kg); life expectancy is 40 years.
    Eyesight is poor, but have excellent senses of hearing and small. Unlike their cousin, the black rhino, they are reasonably docile animals.

  9. China Altman
    November 3, 2013

    Thank you for the magnificent photos and your message. I don’t understand how we humans can be so silent as a few of us wipe out the animals of the world. It’s consistent with the massacre of wild animals in the American west by the federal government, impelled by the cattle industry.

  10. Astrid Tepatti
    November 7, 2013

    I find it sad that so many species become dangerously endangered due to poaching. The thing about poaching is that you can hardly blame the ones that are doing it. Perhaps they are hungry and need the money that poaching brings in order to feed their families. The problem lies in the buyers. The demand for any given product will cause some to search for ways to supply that product. People do desperate things when they are desperate themselves. Find ways to fix the local economy. Find ways to change the midset of these buyers so that they stop creating the demand. Then the poaching will stop and the species will have a chance to thrive.

  11. Raymond Mkichwe
    November 23, 2013

    Lets be a team, to preserve those wonderful RHINOS and other endangered animals. The future generations will blame us if we do not do something.

  12. Martha
    November 28, 2013

    Love these photos we are obligated to keep them in the forefront before they disappear with our Elelphants! THANK YOU!

  13. Wes
    December 26, 2013

    Unfortunately for the black rhino it’s too late! We all have to make a conscious effort to save all the animals left on this amazing planet including the elephant and bison. The rhinos have always been my favorite animal and still are after 36 yrs on this rock.

  14. Gregory johnson
    January 5, 2014

    Pics were great I am a rhino fan

  15. wanyeki
    January 14, 2014

    Great pics,we need to know more about these grt animals

  16. Rochelle Wolf
    January 19, 2014

    No embarrassment here. You do not have to have a fancy camera to capture the perfection of the moment. I love the first picture. I’d say to nailed it.

  17. LiLi Wakefield
    January 27, 2014

    Beautiful photos. Love Rhino, hope they can be protected.

  18. Aaliyah
    February 6, 2014

    I agree with you we need to save these animals along with all animals on the “list” of extinction.

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