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Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:02 am 
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According to a study, black rhinos and porcupines thrive in Tamaboti dominated environments. Does anyone know of a stand of these trees in Kruger? A Tamboti bush or so?


Hmm this is interesting... i know black rhino also love acacia thickets.
I know some stunning stands of Tamboti's, but for the life of me can't tell the exact positions now :redface:
We love stopping at them and listening to the seeds popping.
I know on some gravel loops turning out of H4-1 (part from Skukuza to higwater brigde), then from Croc bridge up to Lower-Sabie H4-2, and then also on the H1-2 just before Tshokwane.

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the best areas of tamboti thickets are along the Nwaswitshaka River, Nwatimhiri river and the croc bridge road. These are also the best spots to see black rhino.
The only one I have seen was outside lowersabie at the low level bridge about 5 years back

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 Post subject: Re: black rhino
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The tamboti is a relative of the Euphorbia and there is some information I have heard somewhere that the latex of Euphorbiacea family is of interest to black rhinos - heard this some time back and cant elaborate much further on the facts than this - it did allude to that substance enhancing health of the species, in particular with regard reproduction.



We were told by the ranger on a night drive, that black rhino
really enjoy eating the Euphorbias and if they find one that has fallen over it is like a banquet to them. :D

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They also fancy to eat what looks like burnt trees (especially mopani) that have been scorched in veld fires , but are actually eating the crystallised sap , a sort of bush caramel .

Other animals also like to eat this , so if you have ever wondered what on earth they are eating in a burnt veld , its actually there local sweet shop :D


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 Post subject: Black rhino sighting
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We were on a Wilderness trail on February 20, and came across a black rhino on foot the first morning.
We were all taken by surprise (had only spotted the antelopes and zebras as we approached), our guides had never seen one in that area before.
We hid behind a bush and as it seemed to stay calm, we were allowed to peer around the bush for some photos before walking off in a large circle down wind!
And for an exciting end to the day, we also walked into buffalo the same afternoon on our way down to the Olifants River.
After staring at us for a while they decided to run away. :o


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For those of us who have only ever seen a black rhino through binoculars, please can you explain how you can tell this is a black rhino.


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You can see by looking at the lips, saraf. A white rhino (wide lipped rhino) has a flat mouth and eats grass and a black (same colour as the white) has a pointed upperlip (overbite :lol:) and eats shrubs (acacia).


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The main difference between the two is how their mouths are shaped.

The black rhinoceros is smaller than the white. It also has a hooked (or more pointed) lip. The White Rhino is lighter than the Black Rhino and has a square jaw.

The above was taken from this site which explains the differences in detail. :)

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Hi saraf,

Besides the difference of the lips .The white rhino's head goes downwards because it is a grazer and it needs to get down very easily to get food. It also has a hump at the top of the neck where the neck joins the back (quite hard to describe it).

The black rhino's neck is more upright because it is a browser and takes food off plants and not from the ground . It seems to me that the black rhino does not have that hump on the neck as described above.

Another way to tell the difference is if there is a baby around the white rhino always walks behind it and in the case of the black rhino the baby is always behind the mother .

Hope this helps with your future sightings :D

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Black/ Hook-lipped Rhinoceros
(Diceros bicornis)

Ger: Spitzmaulnashorn.
Fre: Rhinoceros noir.
Afr: Swart renoster.
Xho: Umkhombe.
Zul: Ubhejane.

Status: Endangered.
Mass: 800-1400 kg.
Shoulder height: 1,4-1,6 m.
ID Pointers:
- Massive horns situated on top of the nose.
- Very large.
- Dark greyish-brown skin.
- Hooked lip.
- Odd toed hoofs/feet.
- Fringed ears.
Predators:
1. Lion.
2. Wild Dog.
Scent glands: None.
Senses: Poor sight, very good hearing & smell.
Horns: Length: 0,5-1,3 m. Both sexes have horns which are very distinct to the rhinoceros family.

DISTRIBUTION IN KNP:
Rare. Occur widely south of Letaba Rest Camp, but don't occur north of Letaba Rest Camp. Establishes populations occur in the Skukuza/Nwaswitshaka area, the Lower Sabie/Lubyelubye area & the N'waswitsonto/Sweni/Tshokwane/Satara areas.

BEHAVIOUR:
Diurnal & nocturnal. Solitary, but meets often occur at waterholes. Bulls are slightly territorial, territories of 2,5-8 km2 are defended. Dung middens, well-worn paths, urinating on bushes, ground scruffing & vegetation horning are all used as territorial markings. Cows aren't territorial.
Calls: Puffs, puffing snorts, snorts, shrieks & squeals.

REPRODUCTION:
A single calf of 40-50 kg is born after a gestation of 15 months. Breed all year.

FOOD:
Leafy twigs, shrubs & shoots. Water dependant.

HABITAT:
Savanna woodland & scrub/forest areas near water.

Sources:
- Field Guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park by Heike Schutze.
- Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa by Chris & Tilde Stuart.


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A tip I learnt from one of the CCA guys regarding black rhino spotting – whenever you come across an area of burnt veld look out for black rhino as they like to eat the burnt grass. Even have the nickname 'toast munchers' from the habit.

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How far south has a black rhino being spotted?
We found these two at Afsaal.

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Was wondering if anyone knows how big the range is of the Black Rhino?
How likely is it that it is the same animals seen in all the recent sightings from around the same area?

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Hi Elsa in Zululand some of the territories go to 2000hectres but usually much smaller in Kruger acording to some scientific article I saw years ago.

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These Black Rhinos were seen last month, really a great thrill as these are the first for me in Kruger. :D

Male

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and then the mother and calf.

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