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Re: White Rhino Problem??

Unread post by Rooies » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:37 pm

Could some experts tell us why the WR are doing so well while the BR numbers remains very low. Can it be that BR"s, because of their choice of habitat, are more difficult to count than the WR, and that there maybe more than what the official census has picked up?
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Re: White Rhino Problem??

Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:47 pm

Not an expert ... but.

Remember that Black rhino (1972) was introduced in to KNP much later than white rhino (1960), and I suspect that lower numbers was introduced because there were less animals available to be introduced.

So the population is building from a much lower base than the white rhino, and has had less time to expand.

But what I have heard is that the black rhino is indeed busy expanding their range within KNP, now often being seen in areas where they weren't seen previously.

I also think that your last observation has a lot of merit, since they do keep to more enclosed habitat, where you will often see white rhino standing in open grass lands. But I do not think that this has such a major impact that the numbers will be severely underestimated.

As for suitable habitat. :hmz: Here we would need a real expert. I suspect that with the low numbers of black rhino in KNP this should not yet be a major factor. Maybe the type of plant material that is common in KNP is not ideal (?), but there is more than enough bush for them to keep to.
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Re: White Rhino Problem??

Unread post by H. erectus » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:54 pm

Now that you mention it I can vaguely remember something like that Imberbe.
Have seen Br but they seem very skittish and therefore don't stay around very long.
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Re: White Rhino Problem??

Unread post by Richprins » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:30 pm

Hey, o-dog!

Here's a copy of my thumbsuck under "Mammal Census":

White rhino are steadily expanding their range Northwards, and have saturated the South, where excess numbers are being translocated/sold at great speed by SANPARKS, although that avenue will also eventually dry up, and we will be in uncharted territory again...

I suspect they will push each other out of the Park, and kill each other a lot more as territories fill up, or genetic inbreeding may begin to take its toll, as the original gene pool for Kruger white rhino is severely limited!

No-one knows...


The black rhino include genes from both KZN and Kenya, and Zimbabwe, so that may be a positive factor... :hmz:

Although the Blacks are difficult to count, their steady expansion Northward would obviously be a good sign! :thumbs_up:

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Black or White Rhinos

Unread post by Melrockson » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:41 pm

Hello lovely forumites :D

Please can anyone help me identify these two rhino's? I simply cannot tell the difference between white and black rhino...

I have other pics of this first one - if it's not clear. I'm thinking this is most likely white rhino as there were three of them in the group:

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This next one has a very square mouth...

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Any help would be truly appreciated... thanks! :thumbs_up:

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Rhino with long horn

Unread post by okie » Wed May 19, 2010 6:47 pm

We saw this rhino with very long horn today . It's a female and was in company of a bull and also a younger rhino , probably her calf . Certainly the longest horn I have seen on a rhino in KNP .
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Re: White Rhino

Unread post by BushFairy » Sat May 29, 2010 9:57 pm

Here are some old pics (sorry, they're terrible quality and scanned), but they're of a group of 22 white rhino - some were in the road, some off in the veld to the left and some out towards the right!! It was hard to capture all of them, but here are some shots!! It was in about 2000 (was one of the most amazing rhino sightings we've ever had!)


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Re: White Rhino

Unread post by BushFairy » Sat May 29, 2010 10:05 pm

And then here is a more recent one.

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Re: White Rhino

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Sat May 29, 2010 11:26 pm

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Lovely photo of the young one......looks like he wants to comment on something!
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Re: White Rhino

Unread post by BushFairy » Sun May 30, 2010 10:03 am

Thanks vlakvarkvrou - It was so cute and was quite inquisitive. It looks like a sulking child!
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Re: Rhino with long horn

Unread post by okie » Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:22 am

Richprins wrote: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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Re: Rhino with long horn

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:28 pm

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

Unread post by okie » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:32 pm

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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Re: Rhino with long horn

Unread post by Rooies » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:41 pm

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

Unread post by ndloti » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:17 pm

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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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