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 Post subject: Re: White Rhino
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And then here is a more recent one.

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 Post subject: Re: White Rhino
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Lovely photo of the young one......looks like he wants to comment on something!
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 Post subject: Re: White Rhino
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Thanks vlakvarkvrou - It was so cute and was quite inquisitive. It looks like a sulking child!

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino with long horn
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Yes, okie!

Ironically, the longest but thinnest horns often occur on the females!

There was a regular around Mestel Dam many years back we used to call "Sarah Kromhoring"...she died of old age.

The bulls have the heaviest horns, and poachers target that.

Remember, they get paid by the weight...



I believe that apart from the one we sighted , that currently there is indeed another female with a horn that is even longer . She apparently ranges in an area about 50 kilometers from the one in my picture .

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino with long horn
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A few large horned ones , notice the one on the left ?

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino with long horn
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Very very nice Ndloti :thumbs_up: That one on left seems to have a thicker horn and probably a bull :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino with long horn
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I haven't seen rhinos with such long horns in Kruger before. Really fine specimens.

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino with long horn
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Yes , really fine specimens , very skittish though . Whats even more fine about it was that we were alone with them for a few minutes till they ran off , the cars engine was turned off as well .

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 Post subject: Re: Rhino with long horn
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 Post subject: Re: White Rhino
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 Post subject: Re: White Rhino
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Beautiful pics everyone :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Question re Rhino marking near Croc Bridge
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I was in Kruger this past weekend and noticed a couple of the white rhinos near croc bridge had markings on them as if someone had taken a purple marker and drawn on them. One in particular had a huge cross on its back. Could anyone explain what this would be for? Could they possible be marked for capture and release into other parks?


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 Post subject: Re: Question re Rhino marking near Croc Bridge
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I am fairly sure the rhinos had been captured for some reason. I have been on a few of these, and the vets spray an antiseptic/antibiotic on any open wounds/scatches they see. It is coloured purple so they can see where it has been applied.

Maybe the cross was to ensure they could find that particular rhino again from the air.....or avoid it for some reason. Some rhinos do not take well to capture and will refuse to eat in the bomas and have to be released again - perhaps it was one of these and they need to be sure they do not capture it again?????? Many reasons are possible, of course!

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 Post subject: Re: Question re Rhino marking near Croc Bridge
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EJ is correct. :thumbs_up:

It would not be to mark them for capture. To do that marking, they would have to be darted and marked, released and then re darted within a short time, and captured. Darting an animal is not good for its health and it is done only when absolutely necessary.

Animals which are captured for release in other parks are captured and held in a boma until they are transported.

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 Post subject: Re:The Poached White Rhino
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We saw these two Rhinos about a month ago. Sadly, when we went to check up on them, we got the news that one of them was poached. Poaching is an increasing problem facing South Africa’s rhinoceros population. Only about 11,000 white rhinos survive in the wild, and many organizations are working to protect this much loved animal.

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