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White Rhino

White Rhino
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Copyright: Annalise Broughton (Annalise) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 26] (125)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus E-510
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-17 10:26
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This photo was taken at the Heia Safari Ranch. The 3 star Heia Safari Ranch lies in the African bushveld, only 45 minutes from Johannesburg or Pretoria. It is surrounded by arts and crafts exhibitions and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. Giraffe and Zebra roam freely around the hotel property. The pool area is visited by Zebra drinking water from the pool.

Ceratotherium simum from the Greek cerato, meaning horn; thorium, meaning wild beast and simum meaning flat nosed.

The white rhinoceros is an odd-toed ungulate. Its footprint is often referred to as being shaped like the ace of clubs. After the elephant, the rhinoceros is the largest living land mammal.

It is a grazing animal with a wide flat lip that does not have the prehensile pointed lip of the black rhino. This is one of the best ways to tell the 2 species apart. The white rhino also has a prominent hump on the back of its neck, which the black rhino is missing. This hump contains the mass of muscles that are needed to raise its large heavy head which is normally in a position close to the ground.

The rhinos horn sits on a roughened dome formed by the nasal bone and is not part of the skull. It is made up of an agglomeration of fibers made of keratin and it does not have a bony core like those found in cattle, antelope or sheep. If it is torn off, a new horn begins to grow and in young animals it may be replaced completely They have a continually growing horn.

The gestation period is about 16 months. By the time the baby is 3 days old it can walk with its mother. Mother rhinos are very protective of their young. In the wild, white rhino calves usually run in front of the mother, whereas black rhino calves usually trot behind their mothers. This behavior is a function of the different types of habitat in which they live. In wide open grasslands the white rhino mother can better offer protection for her calf against feline predators if the baby is in front of her, versus closed in woodlands where black rhino mothers must forge the trail and protect the baby against surprise ambushes.
The white rhino can live up to 45 in the wild and up to 60 years in captivity.

Rhino horn was used as early as 618 A.D. to make ornamental drinking cups in China which could detect poisons. Poisoning was an often used non-bloody way of getting rid of your rivals or enemies; therefore it was a good idea if you had some way of detecting it in your own drink. Poisons used at the time were strong alkaloids and are thought to react with the keratin and gelatin that the rhino horn is made from, producing effervescent bubbles. The cups were used in Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian cultures from Central Africa to China. In Africa the main centers for production of cups was in Sudan and Ethiopia.

A group of rhinos is referred to as a crash.

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Hello Annalise,
It's a 2x2:)
I prefer the rhinos though due to the same problem I experience in South Africa's Kruger: the highlights of the Cattle egret.
Well composed image.

Fantastic shot.
Great details and vivid colors for a majestic animal.
The composition is a must-see: Same pose and POV for the two and each one with its own bird on the left. Just great!

Hallo Annalise
Kan ek s "Welkom terug". Ek sien jy was sedert 2004 'n lid maar het toe vir amper 4 jaar nie fotos geplaas nie. Dit is baie lekker om in Afrikaans vir iemand te s wat ek van sy/haar fotos dink. Ek neem aan jy is Afrikaans na aanleiding van jou naam maar ek kan natuurlik hopelik verkeerd wees. Hierdie 2 renosters lyk op hul gemak en dit lyk nie of die kamera hul juis steur nie. Jy het 'n vreedsame toneel vasgevang, die rustigheid vanself. Selfs die vols lyk op hul gemak, so asof dit 'n daaglikse ding is dat hul afgeneem word. Dankie vir jou deelname met hierdie foto. Hoop ons sien gou weer.

One of the nicest shots of rhino that I have seen in a long time. Extremely good composition and colouration is true to life.A small suggestion - I would photoshop the small whitish blob above the baby rhino's back out of the photo.

Hi Annalise,

A very nice and pleasing picture of these two white rhinos. The light was very bright but you handled it really well. Baie mooi!


Hi Annalise

Great image Nice compo, exposure great. Well done!!


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