Magnificence embodied

This must surely rank as one of the most special wildlife encounters we’ve ever had.

We came across this beautiful black rhino cow and her two younger companions (at least one, maybe both, her calves) in December in one of the game reserves we visited on our summer trip to the bush. It was an overcast evening, with the little available light fading fast and perfectly accentuating the cow’s aggressive temperament, so characteristic of the species.

Long may she reign over her piece of African wilderness.

(click on any of the images to view them in a bigger format gallery)

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53 thoughts on “Magnificence embodied

  1. Spokie sny spoor

    Oehoe Dries! Ongelooflik. Het dit nog nooit gesien in my lewe nie. Lyk amper soos ‘n antenna. Ek het nie geweet jy kry so lang horing nie? Hoop net die game reserve bewaar die diere mooi. Amper vir my snaaks dat hul dit so tentoonstel .

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Die spesifieke reservaat hou n besonderse wakende oog oor hul renosters Spokie, ons het dit self ervaar. En is dit nie inspirerend om te dink dat ons nog ons wereld met sulke mooi diere deel nie!?

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Absolutely agreed Jane. I so wish I could have shared where we saw her, so that others who’d appreciate a sighting like this could search for her too. But alas, doing so could jeopardise her safety even more than it already is…

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you very much Linda! These are the biggest horns I’ve ever seen on a black rhino. And yes, she is getting ready to charge; black rhinos are infamously bad-tempered 😉

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  2. la_lasciata

    But how in the name of all the gods did she manage to avoid the poachers ? – because I’m told that animals’ being inside reserves doesn’t stop them …

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      That’s the sad truth Margaret-Rose, being in a game reserve or national park does not guarantee they’ll be safe from the poachers decimating our rhinos (and other wildlife). So far she has managed to evade them, and we pray it stays that way…

      BTW, it’s very nice to see you around these parts again!

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      1. Rosemarie

        Dries, It’s coming along, but I am sorry to say that I could not follow your advice. I am a lone female traveler and everyone advises me that I should not rent a vehicle and drive by myself in Africa, especially since I am a tourist and unfamiliar. I am using African Budget Safaris this time. Their prices fit my budget, and I will spend six days in Kruger and Sabi Sands in addition to a 10-day camping safari in Namibia. I am hoping also to book a balloon flight out of Swakopmund. Then I will meet my son for a few days in Cape Town before I fly home. Not all arrangements are made but are in progress. Rosemarie

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