Rhino, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Safari drives are among my top 10 favourite activities. Can never get enough! Spotting rhino at the watering hole during a sunset drive remains one of my best memories of Madikwe Game Reserve 😁
Some interesting Rhino facts for you..
* Greek words, ‘rhino’ meaning nose and ‘ceros’ meaning horn combine to create the word rhinoceros.
* White rhinoceros are generally considered the second largest land mammal (after the elephant).
* Rhinoceros horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that fingernails and hair are made of.
* A group of rhinoceros is called a ‘herd’ or a ‘crash’.
* There are five species of rhino – white and black (found in Africa), Indian, Javan, and Sumatran (found in southern Asia). The black, Javan and Sumatran species are browsers, eating leaves and twigs when foraging, while White and Indian rhinos are grazers.
* Rhinos have great hearing and sense of smell, but terrible eyesight.
* Dung heaps are called middens and are used by both male and females to communicate their whereabouts and reproductive condition.
* Oxpeckers have a symbiotic relationship with rhinos. Rhinos have a host of ectoparasites on their hide that the birds eat, keeping the rhino free of parasites.
Photo blog by Andrea Carter