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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.

18 thoughts on “Photo Safari – White Rhino

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

    Good job! I really enjoyed this.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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