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Unread postby Nico » Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:26 pm

This little video shows some White Rhino that we saw on a Bush Walk. The best way to experience the bush.

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Unread postby Jock » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:46 am

We saw this female white rhino in Feb and was taken at how long her horn was.

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Unread postby JenB » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:54 am

We spent a while watching this little one suckle. It was a real "ag, schweet" moment! :wink:
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Re: Square-lipped Rhinoceros

Unread postby bentley » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:43 am

On my last visit to Kruger in Novemeber, I eventually had the chance to go on a morning walk Berg-en-dal...amazing. I would recommend it to any one that enjoys the bush, I learned quite a bit about the rhino on the walk.
The most facinating thing that morning was that this animal with all it's padding under foot could pick up the vibration of a single mans footstep on the ground +/-30 metres away... :big_eyes: wow
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Re: Square-lipped Rhinoceros

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:31 pm

How is this for being able to take a close up shot?


The "blue arm" seen here is my brother's little girl - and she was terrified!! The rhino's were within an arms reach.


I enjoyed being able to see them so close and to take photo's, although I was worried about the little girl as she was in my care. But then the ranger drove on, turned around and again the rhino's came right up to the vehicle, and now it was no fun anymore, as they were on my side - :big_eyes: I didn't even take one photo!!
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Re: Dead rhino

Unread postby Bennievis » Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:01 am

Richprins wrote:Still, male/female fights of that duration are extremely unlikely! :shock:

maybe they were married :whistle:

Jokes aside, can you imagine the sheer force and brutal power of such an encounter...
A fight between a male and a female, what can possibly trigger it?

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Unread postby Jeanus » Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:44 am

Hi RP although very unusual there are occasionaly male/female fights. One in a reserve near me ended with the male killing the female - she was trying to protect a male calf from him. The calf was almost weaned and survived although the scaring from his wounds still makes him recognisable years later and he is now a terratorial bull himself.
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Re: Dead rhino

Unread postby Kicker Cat » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:08 pm

During a trip up to the bush some three weeks ago we witnessed a vicious fight between two Rhino.
We had just sighted Rhino in the bush and on stopping saw that there were 4 Rhino one of which was a calf. Suddenly another Rhino appeared out of the bush, large and very clearly a male.
He moved closer to the other Rhinos and one by one they moved away leaving just the male and one other – this was a female and seemed to be the mother of the calf.
She steadfastly stood her ground despite constant manoeuvrings of the large male.
It is not clear what the intentions of the male were as both Rhinos stood head to head making a bellowing sound
Suddenly the male made a charge and the female turned, it is not clear what she was doing either.
Then the male started using his horn and started attempting to dig into the female.
He managed to gore her under the front right leg and the back rear leg.
It appeared as if he wanted to lift her off the ground and get her to fall on her side.
The female put up a very ferocious defense and seemingly refused to succumb.
All during this altercation she seemed to squeal (the noise she made was very high pitched and quite different to the bellowing sound they made before)
This continued for about ten minutes when all of a sudden the female had a very sudden change of attitude. Her stance changed dramatically from one of defense to one of attack – and the male’s attempts at goring her stopped – they once again stood head to head bellowing.
At this time we were able to see some of the damaged caused, the female was bleeding from the hind leg, and more so from the wound under her front leg.
She had some facial wounds (see pic)
The male also had some wounds but he moved behind bushes so it was not clear where he had been wounded
The female appeared to want to move off on her own but the male followed constantly.
It is not clear if the male wanted to subdue the female so that he could mate with the female or whether there were other reasons for the fight.
Subsequent questions to rangers did not get us any answers either.
Despite her wounds the female did not seem to be to hampered and we saw her two days later with her calf – no male to be seen

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Re: Square-lipped Rhinoceros

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:39 pm

Nice story!

Here's a mom and calf yesterday:



Sorry for quality, but a bit dark!

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Re: Square-lipped Rhinoceros

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:59 pm

Apparently rhinos do make noises that are used for direct communication and vary from puffing sounds, snorts, a deep but quiet roar (not like a lion), squeals and shrieks.
White rhino males will particularly emit high pitched squeal when trying to keep an estrus cow from leaving his territory.
Snorts, honks and roars are used to maintain spacing between animals.
Loud shrieks are used defensively and the squeak-pant is made by bulls that are chasing away other rhinos. When courtship occurs the male will make a soft hiccup-panting sound.
These noises are generally only heard in the wild when there is no human disturbance.
Rhino calves squeal when they want protection.
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Re: Square-lipped Rhinoceros

Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:49 pm

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white or black? wHO HELPS?

Unread postby schliek » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:55 pm

these are black too, I think
My friend thinks white, I think he's wrong

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these 2, white or black?

Unread postby schliek » Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:58 pm

Hi there
I think they are black, my friend, white
who has the verdict

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White Rhino

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:23 pm

I see there is no thread on these animals.

Today for the first time I have managed to capture a Rhino marking it's territory by scent spraying. Not the clearest shot but you can see the spray.


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Re: White Rhino

Unread postby Scipio » Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:03 pm

Sprocky, it is PC incorrect to say White Rhino, It is now Square & hooked Lipped rhino, not Black & White. :twisted:

Great pic & they say our valley has no rhino. :lol: :lol:

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