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Bruce Arnott

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Bruce grew up on a plot of farmland in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after ...

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on Rhinos Are Sensational Beasts

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is a privilege to see a rhino roaming free in the wild. They are highly endangered and at least one rhino is poached every day. Rhino poaching and the prevention of it is very close to my heart. Great rhino facts Bruce.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

One of the absolute joys of South Africa are the white rhinos 🦏 and if you are really lucky a black rhino 🦏.

Years ago on my first trip to SA ( and with many prior African trips) on seeing my first white rhino in the wild I stood up. A prompt telling off followed, looking back I suspect the ranger may not have had a clue how privileged a sighting that was.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Had an incredible closeup sighting of a rhino and calf. It was the first time I thought of the animal as graceful.

Other rhino sightings seemed to alway include their oxpecker “friends.”

Cindy Hauert
Explorer

I‘ve been privileged to see many wonderful rhino sightings over the years, but one of my favourites happened on my first visit to Londolozi in 2015. A rhino cow with a calf of about a year old were peacefully grazing next to our vehicle, when the little boy started squealing. Mama had to lie down to let him suckle, as he was already too tall to do it when she was standing. She gave in quickly. Spoiled child!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Bruce. Thanks for the facts above about the White Rhino. The speed of 50 kmh seems impossible until I remembered some years ago we were on a landrover in a game reserve and were chased by a large bull rhino, his lady, plus a large-ish youngster who bounced along for the fun. At one point I looked over the shoulder of our ranger and the speedometer showed we were going at a speed of 43 kmh! The big bull chasing us looked like a huge locomotive in a cloud of dust and at one spot he was gaining on us! He kept it up for 2,2 kms and then must have got bored because he just walked away! The chap in front of us said he could do with a glass of brandy. I just said to him he would be welcome to his glass if he gave me the rest of the bottle. And I am NOT a drinker under normal circumstances! Wendy M

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Bruce to say the Calf of a Rhinos is cute is an understatement. At my visit I saw them running and so playful, which pleasantly surprised me. Thank you for highlighting such a spectacular animal

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Bruce, I agree that the Rhinos are amazing to photograph. Too bad the Asian countries think that horn is an aphrodisiac, they can sell the horns, but the natives don’t make much on them – they sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars on the black market. I hope they survive. I have seen a lot at Londolozi.

Rory Hudson
Explorer

Great to see a Rhino that hasn’t been darted and had the characteristic identity notches clipped out of their ears

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Thanks for all the rhino info, Bruce! Nice photos as well, especially the mom and calf images!

Arden A.
Explorer

We spent many hours in Londolozi over the years. Leopards, Lions, but my favorite, Rhinos. Our walls are graced with the rhinos of Londolozi that bring back awesome memories, thank you🥰🦏

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

A nice, simple overview of these wonderful creatures who should be left alone to be admired and photographed.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Many thanks Bruce for the informative blog with lovely images. I also GREATLY appreciate your thoughtfulness in including measurements into inches, pounds, feet etc. for us. This way we have a fuller understanding and appreciation of the info shared! Thanks!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Such an interesting blog Bruce on an amazing animal. They do seem the most prehistoric of all mammals, especially the Asian species that has what looks like body plates. Your photos are fantastic- especially the reflection. Hopefully the anti poaching measures throughout Africa will continue to save more rhinos!!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I was recently lucky enough to visit Etosha for three days and in that time my family and I had some truly incredible black rhino sightings! Like you said, they really are sensational.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

The Okakuejo waterhole in particular is an amazing place to view them!

Declan Porter
Explorer

It’s always great to see rhino in the bush, both Black and White Rhino. My favourite is when the young rhinos give themselves a fright for what appears to be no apparent reason!
I’ve been lucky in recent years to have some fantastic Black Rhino sightings at a park that I frequent which is really special given their endangered status, habits and temperament. Been lucky as well to witness a number of interactions between the two species with one interesting interaction being between two females, one Black and one White Rhino each with small young at a dam.
What I find fascinating are the vocal sounds that rhino can produce. I’ve heard some interesting sounds from young ones whining when trying to drink to an adult female just about bellowing at a male that was making advances on her and her young calf. Definitely not the sound you would think coming from rhino!

Phil Schultz
Explorer

My first two trips to Africa I would have classified rhinos as generally just slowly walking along grazing offering little excitement despite their lofty reputation. But on my last visit to Londolozi I was fortunate to observe some more behavior from the rhinos that was a little more interesting. At one sighting, half a dozen rhino were hovering around a mud hole with the dominant two owning the hole and the other four waiting their turn. This lead to some interaction as occasionally the dominant rhinos would exit the mud hole covered horn-to-rump in mud to establish their dominance and hole possession. At another sighting, we came across a buffalo herd at least a hundred strong. Also present was a rhino trio that almost seemed to be amusing themselves by chasing some of the buffalo. Occasionally you would get a one on one stare down between rhino and an individual buffalo. No confirmation that the rhino owed the buffalo money.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Bruce, you could add that they are incredibly quick from a standing start to full gallop in just seconds which is remarkable given their size!

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