Tonight’s game drive was dominated by rhino. Not only did we see 3 white (square-lipped) rhino but also one black (hook-lipped) rhino. Black rhino are quite rare and considered critically endangered – there are only about 2000 left in South Africa and only 4800 in the world. About 3 weeks ago nineteen rhino were transported to this private reserve in hopes of helping them regain some numbers and stay away from poachers. Those who believe that rhino tusks are medicinal are willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money for their horns while leaving the rest of the animal to rot in waste. It’s completely senseless but greed and money are powerful things. Side note: white rhino, while dangerous and part of the Big 5, are fairly docile while black rhino are more testy and will mock charge at will. The first two rhino photos are white rhino and the third photo is a black rhino – who did mock charge us a time or two.
The first photo is a Woodland Kingfisher, below the rhino are waterbuck, giraffe (who were shamelessly flirting with one another), and zebra.
Hopefully tomorrow we will see some cats – leopard or lion. We found a carcass tonight but it was dark and didn’t see a cat nearby which means it was likely a leopard. Maybe tomorrow we will be able to track him. Last night we heard a lion in the distance calling to his group so we know there are lion nearby as well. Here’s hoping!