Black Rhino Pictures

Black Rhino

The pride of any wildlife photographer's portfolio would be a few black rhino pictures. It is a critically endangered species and because of their low numbers, not often spotted in the wild.

When you do find one, keep a safe distance - better yet stay in your vehicle or behind your guide - as the black rhino has a short fuse! They are unpredictable and will charge unsuspecting fellow animals at the drop of a hat. Lucky for the victims, they will often abort the charge just as quickly and without reason.

It is thought their bad eyesight has something to do with this strange behaviour. They are also more at edge when they have a calf or when you get between them and the water when they're thirsty.

Black Rhino Facts

The black and white rhino are in fact of similar grey colour, and both sport two horns. At 1.5 tons, the black rhino is about half the weight of the white, but the best way to tell them apart is by their lips.

The white rhino has a square lip designed to eat grass, while the black rhino's lip look somewhat like that of the tortoise... the prehensile upper lip is elongated and overlaps the lower lip - perfect for plucking leaves, twigs and bark off trees and bushes.

Because of the difference in their diet, their posture is different too. The white rhino usually has its head down while the black rhino keeps his head up, in line with his back.