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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Black Rhino Seen on Londolozi!

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Incredible sighting. Black Rhino are so endangered and it is a privilige to see one in the wild.

Laura Eberly
Digital Ranger

So very very exciting! They are so magnificent, their quiet strength is a sight to behold. I just hope he / she remains safe from poachers! Poachers seem to be cancerous these days.

That is so wonderful. They are so very much endangered and any new piece of land they make their own is a chance of getting them less endangered, especially i a well protected area. I hope this one stays and reproduces.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Wow! After several trips to Africa I’ve yet to see this rhino, nor a pangolin. Maybe next time. A question- what is the difference between a browser and a grazer? Thank you.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Denise,

A browser eats mainly leaves and material off trees and bushes, while a grazer eats grass.

Best regards

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

So exciting to see him!

Joanne Wadsworth
Digital Tracker

Wonderful video and images of the rare visitation of the black rhino to Londolozi. Genuinely happy for all those who were able to actually see it and soak the moment in their mind. Here’s hoping the wait for the next time won’t be as long!

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

A sighting to cherish, I sometimes think the rangers in South Africa (and I am purposely generalising) don’t realise how lucky they are with the Rhino population. In many ways South Africa is the last stronghold of the world’s Rhino population. The first time I saw one in South Africa I stood up and was promptly told in no uncertain terms to sit down. I thought the ranger really did not realise that to simply see any Rhino was a privilege , go to any other country and probably the only place where a sighting can be guaranteed is one crater in Tanzania.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Oh my word, that is incredible!!! So special to see such a rare and amazing animal! I know a few have also been seen in other parts of Sabi Sands and that Olifants has a resident population!!

Janice Riley
Explorer

Thank you for sharing this video. Does s/he have a wound on its side?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Janice,
Well spotted. Those are in fact lesions caused by a parasite called Filaria. They are very thin worms that eat the skin and associated fluids.
Funnily enough they are not known to infect white rhinos.

Best regards

Janice Riley
Explorer

Very interesting. Is it life threatening at all? Would rangers ever treat this or is it considered a natural thing, so let mother nature take its course?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Janice, no I don’t believe it’s life threatening. It’s a naturally occurring condition so we let nature take its course…

Best regards

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