Killed for Their Horns
Both rhino species are mercilessly hunted by poachers for their horns which, sadly, are still
much sought after as ingredients for traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicines, or for use as dagger handles.
(See Rhino Poaching Crisis in South Africa for more).
White rhino (distinguishable by their larger size and prominent square
lip) are not as ill-tempered as the black variety and in
most cases will simply ignore your game-drive vehicle, allowing you
to get quite close for taking pictures.
The numbers of white rhino in South Africa's Kruger National Park have increased substantially in
recent years, particularly in the south of the park, providing excellent picture opportunities for
those enjoying a Kruger safari.
Distinct Size Difference
The black rhino, although regarded as more dangerous than its white counterpart, is a lot smaller and
physically no taller than a Cape buffalo (but it weighs twice as much as a buffalo).
White rhino on the other hand are massive animals and classified as the second largest
land mammal after the African elephant - although they are outweighed by hippo!
Conservation Success Story
A number of the white rhino shots featured here were
taken in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, a conservation area
renowned for its population of both white and black
It's also the area from which most of the world's
white rhino can today trace their ancestry, thanks to
early rhino capture and relocation initiatives.
To find out more about both these animals, see Rhino Information, and
Black Rhino Information.
For additional rhino images, see Rhino Photos Bonus Page
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