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 Post subject: Black Rhino
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:11 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Some beaut photos!!! :clap:

We saw our first ever Blackie in February en route from Phala to Kruger Gate.

Unfortunately I didn't get a photo, so hope to rectify that next visit!!!! :dance:


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 Post subject: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:16 am 
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I've been going to the kruger and Hluhluwe for years and years now :redface: too long to remember and I've never seen a black Rhino. Just once I saw a "blackie" in the distance in Natal it was very agitated running up and down a huge sand bank other side of a big river. White Rhino I've seen hundreds almost as many as elephants but in the Hluhluwe. Calving season always left me with permant smile on my face, the calves are just so truly cute.

In the Kruger I've only ever seen Rhino once a couple of white Rhino. Are rhino very few there? Is it the fault of poaching?

Are there black Rhino to be found in any particular area of the Kruger? I know they like bush veldt so where is the best place to look? And are they OK with cars or do they run before you even get a chance to see them?

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:21 am 
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Rhinos are about. More in the south of the park of course. Because of the poaching problem details are not given of locations, so you will have to look carefully!

And black rhinos? Yes, they are about too. I have seen them several times both from the car and while out on foot. The other day had one that was curious about the vehicle and spent some time near us.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Koen, the black rhino is more difficult to see for many reasons.

They are browsers, eating off shrubs, so will be found in bushy areas. This is unlike the white rhino that grazes off grasses. They are much more concealed by their natural habitat.

They are also more reclusive and solitary by nature. The white rhino can sometimes be found in fairly large groups. I have seen a group of 13 white rhino together on a walk.

I have had only one good sighting of a black rhino from my car, but two sightings while on a hike.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Koen, I grew up very close to the KZN park you mention and have seen black rhino there on numerous occasions - but always more white rhinos. Once I took a friend from varsity home with me - she had never seen rhino in Kruger and in one morning there, we saw 21 rhinos! I couldn't believe my own eyes!

Back to Kruger: We are yet to see a black rhino there. Actually, I am wondering if we will see the "usual" amount of (white) rhino on our upcoming trip...or if the impact of poaching will be obvious to us?

Still, for Kruger, black rhino is high on my wish list too!

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Koen, Black rhino was always very high on our wish list (still is tho). No matter how hard we tried, we just could not get to see one. For some reason we were always extremely unlucky when it came to wild dogs too.

Two years ago we were in KNP for one night only and on the late afternoon drive we found a huge pack of wild dogs. 500m down the road, black rhino. The next morning we found a different pack of dogs and another black rhino!
Except for the usual rooibokkies, yip, that was about the extent of our sightings. :lol:

That's the magic of Kruger, one can expect anything anywhere and even if you feel you still have an unfulfilled wish list, looking back over a period of time, she's given one very special sightings. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Hi Koen
I saw my first Blackie way back in 1972 and had to wait a further 40 years for this.

He was rather relaxed but didn`t stay around.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Wow Sparrow that brilliant! What a wait and well worth it.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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Ahhhh some lovely shots of black Rhino here, Im going with ADW's picture which now has pride of place as my screen saver, hope they dont mind. I just love the way he/she has wrinkled up his prehensile nose like that, ready for action! Classic.

Those rhinos of Elsas do look uncannily like white rhinos at a glance even the shape of the head the whole posture, that is untill you look closer, no mistaking the blackie here.

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Hope I see a black rhino on my trip to the Kruger. I see these wonderful creatures as representing conservation as a whole for some reason, my personal icon. If they're safe and in good numbers we are doing a good job, if not its time to start even more drastic action.

A world without these would be a sad place. Isnit one of the first things you learn about our wild life hey, when you're just a tiny tot. The Black is a browser and the white a grazer. And then the difference in body and character. That has stuck with me for ever. Im sure even blind folded I could tell the difference.

But actualy there is so much more to them than that even. People are only now even begining to understand. They are not as previously understood unsocialble solitary animals no they are not. But they are extremely private creatures.
Its now known that gathering of as many individuals as there are in any given area in the dead of night regularily occur, if not every night as often as is safely possible. Here they greet sniff and compare notes, from bulls to tiny calves, just like elephants might. They have a need to be together, on a regular basis. Maybe its us that is keeping them apart, with poaching and boundries, managed landscapes and night disturbances.

Whatever long may they reign.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Last time I saw a black rhino in Kruger it was being chased by a brown hyaena!,

Good luck in your search, seriously,We did not see any for 10 years then 3 in 2 trips.
Talking to a ranger friend , he says they are common in certain areas (can't say where) but are rarely seen due to being mainly nocturnal,liking thick bush and generally avoiding people and roads,unlike their white cousins.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
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My 3rd black Rhino now! :-)

Was amazing but I actually witnessed him swiming through a section of a dam and then come out on our side, close to the road. The dark partshows how deep he was submerged in the water.

Seen in September this year.



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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Saw this chappie on a very well known and traveled road in the park a couple of years ago, happily munching by the side of the road for about half an hour!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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I have been visiting Kruger since 1968 as a very young boy. Since then I have been to Kruger a minimum of twice a year since then, with my parents, my own children/family. I confirmed this with my parents yesterday, we never saw any---------but in 2010, I was lucky enough to see six black rhino on a 4 day trip, my parents had a sighting of 1 on a visit in 2011.
My brother who visits just as often as I do with his family, has had much better luck, He has managed to see a Blackie on almost every second visit :mrgreen:
It is a proper challenge in our family now, who will be next :hmz: to get a blackie :D
Since then nothing :cry: I will be back again soon, It is most exciting to find a blackie.
Our son and his girlfriend saw one last week, so according to him, he is leading the race in our family competition :clap: , the rules in this competition in our family were "changed" by my son, since he can now drive himself there without the "old folks"
One day we will all be able to get there together again :clap: :clap: :D :D
Thank You Mom and Dad for teaching my Brother and I and your Grandchildren about Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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We saw a black rhino on a sunset drive we went on in April, we were driving along the road and all of a sudden we all scream "Black Rhino".

He was just about to cross the road when he stopped in his tracks, he was a bit agitated with us being there. He sort of did a mock charge.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a photo because I was so excited to see one that I pressed the wrong button on my camera and then he was gone.

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