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White Rhinos


White Rhinos
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Copyright: Steve Coetzee (SteveCoetzee) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 66] (863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ150
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-16 12:41
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I post this picture so that all of us can have sympathy for all the hundreds of rhinos that are killed by poachers every year, - just to get hold of their horns.
Poachers slaughtered a record 668 rhino (South Africa) in 2012 as demand for their horns continued to surge on the black market in Asia.The number of rhino poached since January 1, 2013, rose to 96
Info obtained with thanks from: www.news24.com/Green/News/668-rhino-poached-in-2012-20130110
The following very good information was obtained with thanks from: www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_white_rhino.html
Name
White or Square-lipped Rhinoceros [Ceratotherium simum]
Appearance
The White Rhino is the third largest land mammal. Massive, stocky, and with a reputation of being not quite as aggressive as the Black Rhino. The two distinctive horns are in fact very densely packed fibers, and materially not really horns. The record horn length is 1.58 m. Bulls, weighing up to 2 000 kg, are larger than cows which weigh up to 1 800 kg. Bulls are 1.8 m at the shoulders. The grey skin is almost hairless. They have a square-shaped, wide mouth. White Rhinos have a hump on the neck. The penis points backwards and testes are located abdominally.
Diet
The White Rhino is strictly a grazer. Favouring short grass, but will feed on taller grass when short grass is not available. The wide mouth enables adequate intake with each plug harvested with the upper and lower lips.
Breeding
Even though most conceptions take place during the wet season, this huge mammal is not a strict seasonal breeder. Calves are born early in the dry season after a gestation period of 16 months, and stays with their mothers for a period of two to three years, until she gives birth to her next calve. Cows starts breeding at about eight years and bulls reach sexual maturity at 10-12 years. During mating, sexual activity can last more than an hour.
Behaviour
In spite of their bulk and short stubby legs, White Rhino can run remarkably fast, but only for very short distances. Dominant territorial bulls occupy mutually exclusive areas of two to five square kilometers, but one or more subordinate bulls may share the territory. Female ranges may overlap those of several bull territories. A territorial bull will attempt to confine a receptive cow to his territory, and will join her for five to ten days prior to mating.
Where they are found
Formerly widely distributed throughout the bushveld regions of South Africa. In the 19th century it was exterminated by hunters, except in KwaZulu-Natal’s Umfolozi region. Although now thriving where it has been re-introduced into parts of its former region, it still suffers from poaching.
Field notes
The Black Rhino is the original member of the Big five but due to the scarcity of the Black Rhino the White Rhino now finds itself as one of Africa’s tourist industry elite.
There is very little difference in colour between the Black and the White Rhino, the name for the White Rhino stemming from the Dutch term ‘wyd’ which refers to the mouth. This name was thought to be white. The White rhino is somewhat larger than the Black Rhino

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Impressive animals and impressive photo Steve! Interesting composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hallo Steve,
An excellent documentary note combined with a very good photograph displaying these two White Rhinos. Splendid composition showing detail and natural colours. Most of all I like the pose with the one at the rear with it's head down, mourning and symbolising it's deceased partners and the one in front ready for a fight to survive the terrible onslaught on it's kind!! Excellent work my friend.
Best regards,
Carl

Hi Steve,
This image is beautiful but also so sad. In fact the Rhino's look sad and my heart goes out to them. I just pray that they will not be the next to be so senselessly slaughtered.
Now back to your photo. This is a great image with the one standing behind and the other one almost ready to charge. Clear sharp detail with great POV. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Regards
Natley

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