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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:28 pm 
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We have only seen black rhino on two occasions when in Kruger - the first time on the very first time a bush walk was taken from Malelane/Berg en Dal (2-3 years ago?)) and we were out with Raymond and sat watching a group of white rhino on one side and blackies on the other...priceless!

The second time we were staying at Biyamiti and on our very last day and spotted two blackies in a donga. Wonderful sightings but at the end of the day we are always grateful to spot whatever the Kruger has to offer.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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We've been very lucky to have had 2 sightings of black rhino in KNP. The first in 2009 and 2nd earlier this year. Also lucky to have gotten proof :cam: every time. Both times we were staying in the South.

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Lovely sightings and pics Bushbuddies! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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We saw this one in Dec 2010

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Also saw one in Addo

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Lovely Sky! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Here is one I saw - the second in 20 years on a sunset drive. He was very peaceful.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Hippotragus, we were so lucky :dance: :dance: .

As promised, here is my proof :thumbs_up: .

He must have been in a fight, looking at the scares on his side :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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barryels wrote:
He must have been in a fight, looking at the scares on his side :hmz:

Barry those lesions, often even weeping sores, on their sides are caused by a worm like parasite laid by a particular fly and it seems to be only the Black rhino to suffer from this phenomenon.

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The wound that you saw is characteristic of black rhino and is caused by a parasitic worm of which a fly is the vector. The worm then causes a haemorrhagic type wound which often bleeds alot. Almost every black rhino is affected by it . :)

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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barryels wrote:
As promised, here is my proof :thumbs_up: .


bondm wrote:
One evening we suddenly realised that 2 Black rhino had come to the waterhole near the lodge. It was pitch dark ......both started calling - a strange squeeking noise.


Baryels those pictures are fantastic absolutely classic!!!! :D :k it also shows why they are so hard to see :D

I reckon he/she is smelling your perfumes with those cute curled lips (Flehmen response) doing this they can smell pheromones (scent) left by other black rhino for age, maturity receptivness and more.

Im working on my own personal "disclaimer" signiture Bondm :wink: in case in the name of science I fall foul of the forum speed traps again :roll: expect six pages :lol:

Bondm thats awesome. Yes as saraf mentioned if you can borrow beg or steal David Attenborough's new series set in Africa, called "Africa" you will be amazed, new insights to the black Rhino some fantastic night footage. They are very vocal and sociable too. Night time is when they they gather around water holes for example sometimes in large groups all ages a bit like elies do anytime.

That must have been very special to hear them in the dark, dont think thats happened at all often. :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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barryels - those pictures are amazing. What a memorable sighting that must have been. Thank you.

bondm - really interesting to read about the sounds they make. On the rare occasions we have been lucky enough to spot them, they have been silent except for the grass rustles as they dashed back into hiding. By the way, can;t see you on the Meets and Greets - where are you staying? we arrive 3 weeks today!

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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saraf wrote:
:lol: The one that charged our car wasn't silent.


Sounds interesting, please tell more :D

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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I've been trying to see if there are any photos worth showing but I think I was shaking too much.

We'd seen a black rhino in the vicinity before while out on a sunset drive but I didn't have my camera then, when he was nice and relaxed. Last Nov when we saw him he was a bit agitated as there was a fire burning nearby and just charged the car. Not very seriously but he didn't like us being there.

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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What often looks like battle scars of black rhino fighting could actually just be
due to parasites that they are plagued by

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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Rhinos all of them are facinating, I was just reading some very good info about black Rhino.

They have truly incredible memories, hearing and vocalisation communication.

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Theirs is a hidden and complex world of scent and chemistry, their social system is complex, their body language and vocalisations subtle


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Rhinos have myopic vision, but this is no handicap, but merely that they don't need their eyes in view of the sophistication of their other senses. For instance, they have phenomenal hearing. Our orphaned rhinos can detect the approach of another rhino half an hour before the animal actually becomes visible. A rhino's "Come Here" call to a loved one is no more than a soft exhalation of breath that is barely audible but which carries far and wide and is also used between mother and young. The rhino repertoire of louder sounds is equally as impressive -- long drawn out snorts that resemble a nose blow which signify alarm, a mewing noise like a kitten which is a "wanting" sound, and a loud terrifying roar more akin to the voice of a lion when angry and prepared for combat.
David Sheldrick, Trust

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The memory of a rhino is also phenomenal. Having carefully and meticulously explored their surroundings only once, a new orphan can then take it at a gallop and never collide with any obstacle, moving swiftly and surely simply by memory and scent.
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So many fantastic things I never knew. Like they have extremely sensitive skin......

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Touch a rhino with a feather, and it will immediately respond. Rhino skin has an ample blood supply very close to the surface and, in fact, when the animal is in poor health, the skin "bleeds", coating the animal. in a what looks like tar, but, in fact is dried blood.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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Very interesting information about the parasites! We were lucky to see this guy on our last trip to Kruger. We thought he was in a fight, but now we know better :)
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