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 Post subject: Re: Black Rhino
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:53 am 
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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?
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:33 pm 
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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?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:54 am 
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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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 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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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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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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 Post subject: Re: Is it ever possible to see black Rhino?
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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.

and a quote in the Black Rhino topic

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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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