Black Rhino

Black Rhino


I photographed this Black Rhino on the Eastern Cape in South Africa. I used a Nikon D500 with a Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6E ED VR AF-P lens. You can tell the animal is a black rhino (and not a white rhino) by its pointy mouth. It has an extra bit in the middle of its top lip that is almost like a tiny version of an elephant’s trunk. Rhinos can grasp branches and leaves with that mobile top lip, and that’s why it is characterised as a browser. It browses bushes like the ones you can see behind it.

Black Rhino Are Solitary

Of course, although the rhino is referred to as black, it varies in colour from brown to grey. Black rhino are generally solitary, and as you drive along tracks you can suddenly find one standing there on its own. At the same time, it’s not a good idea to run into one that’s too close. That’s why the ranger you are riding with is essential if you are going off road. They know the terrain, the signs, and all the myriad things that make them experienced rangers.

You can also see termite mounds to the right of the rhino. Termites and rhinos are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of size, but both help shape the landscape. The rhinos browse the bushes while the termites in their trillions turn over the soil below. One thing that rhino do not have to worry about is predators. There is nothing that worries a rhino – except of course poachers.