How to approach a mother rhino & calf on foot

A BBC Wildlife Video…

Please DO NOT try this unattended! 😉

Can you feel the tension as this group of tourists approach the rhinos on their African safari walk? I surely could! 🙂

To be honest with you I have never (ever) seen anything like this: truly unbelievable encounter! What do yo think?

Also loved to see people’s reactions as they reluctantly got closer to the animals! Even if I tried I wouldn’t be able to make such grins lol! 🙂

Rhinos can be very unpredictable creatures, and can display considerable aggression when alarmed! Although their eyesight is rather poor, they possess exceptional hearing and a good sense of smell!

Enjoy! 😉

Luckily for them, the safari outcome was rather smooth! 🙂 😉

Notice that white rhinos are generally more curious and less aggressive than their black cousins…this might explain the incredibly close sighting! Or should I rather say, as the guide rightfully puts it, that this particular rhinoceros is just a “nice” character! 🙂

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5 Responses to How to approach a mother rhino & calf on foot

  1. Clouds June 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi Michael, that was amazing to read. Unfortunately the video doesn’t work on our computer. My friend’s favourite animal is a Rhino and I got curious what they are like when I saw you on Twitter, following us-Friends of Glass (I work for them). So I went to your site and read this. Great. My brother has been to Kenya twice. Yes, save the animals and wildlife! Keep up the good work.

    • Africafreak July 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm #

      Very weird that the video does not work on your computer! Working fine on mine…?

      Will definitely keep up with the “good” work (thanks, appreciate it)… will probably move into a slightly different direction in the months to come…will take some time, but should be exciting!

      More on this later…


      Mike aka Africafreak

  2. Michael June 8, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Glad you enjoyed the video Melvin, thanks for your contribution! You’re right, we really need to do something in order to preserve our beautiful wildlife!



  3. Melvin June 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    Amazing! How close they get. Normally they would show you not to come closer! Especially with a baby rhino around! We’ve traveled through Tanzania and there are also still a few black rhinos left.
    But they are very shy & we were unlucky. I would have loved to see some in the wild. But the contact with wild elephants was also amazing. It’s something very special to see the animals in the wild! Save them wherever you are!

  4. Africafreak June 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi there!

    Please notice that although the author of this amazing video states that we are dealing with “black” rhinos, he is mistaken. Have checked the animals carefully and they are indeed white rhinos!

    Know the difference between the two species?

    A black rhino has a distinctive prehensile lip, and is also known as the hooked-lip rhinoceros. It holds its head high and is smaller than the square-lipped species (or white rhinoceros, featured in the video).

    Black rhinos are also darker than white rhinos.

    White rhinos, as you may have noticed, are definitely not white (slate grey rather). The name comes from the Dutch word “wijde”, which means wide (because of the wide mouth)! It is believed to have been mistranslated, and has become “wit”, white in Afrikaans!

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