Poaching has cast a dark cloud over the future of our rhinos and often our thoughts are associated with despair and sadness when we consider the fragile future of these animals.
Today, however I would like to celebrate their beauty, courage and immense power. If life in the bush was the equivalent to a 12 round heavy weight boxing match, a rhino would be the perfect contender weighing in at 2.5 to 2.7 tons and speeds of up to 40-45km/h, they are definitely a force to be reckoned with.
When watching rhinos I always find myself thinking how strange, peculiar and prehistoric they look and saying that it is always a privilege to be able to spend time with these magnificent animals. It is always very special and calming watching rhinos graze the open plains in the early morning or late afternoon…
It’s not just their sheer size that is impressive but if you take time to sit and observe these animals they are fascinating whether it is simply listening to the sound of their lips as they pluck mouthfuls of grass or rolling around and coating their bodies in mud on a hot summers day which provides great entertainment. They truly are gentle giants and add great value to the African bush.
The video below gives us hope and a good reason to keep fighting. Written by Trevor McCall-Peat Photographed by: Trevor McCall-Peat, James Tyrrell, Simon Smit and Andrea Campbell.