Monday, 1 July 2013

Black or White Rhino?

White Rhino Grazing
We're often fortunate enough to  see both White and Black Rhino when on Safari. Of-course nothing can be guaranteed, these are wild animals that work to their own rules. However its always a treat to see these almost prehistoric creatures.
Although all Rhino are under significant threat (especially from poaching, which is a huge problem throughout Africa), we are likely to see more of the White Rhino (as seen above) then the Black Rhino.
Black Rhino
Both White and Black Rhino can live harmoniously within the same area, primarily because the White Rhino is a grazer (hence the long neck and head, capable of grazing grasses easily), whereas the Black Rhino is a bowser preferring leaves and bushes. In other words there is no threat in terms of taking food from the other.
White Rhino and her calf
Both species have poor eye sight but have very efficient hearing and smell, but have quite different temperaments. Neither could be described as easy going especially with humans on foot, but without doubt the Black Rhino can be more aggressive than the the White. That's not to say that they present a particular threat to us in a game viewing vehicle. As long as we maintain a reasonable distance and stay outside of their comfort zone, then we'll be able to enjoy some wonderful times viewing these creatures.

When on safari, you'll be able to tell the difference between the two by the body size and head shape. And if you see them walking with a calf, then you'll see how they walk in different orders. With Black Rhino the youngster travels behind mum, while with the White Rhino the calf walks in front. I'm not sure about the White Rhino logic of having the youngster in front leading the way, but that's the way it works.

Join us on Safari and see these wonderful creatures for yourself.

Written by Will Fox
On Track Safaris
www.ontracksafaris.co.uk


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