My first Rhino ‘sighting’

This post is for firstandfabulous and robsreallife who both commented on seeing another animal shape in my last Which Way post.

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A couple of other readers made similar remarks.  I did promise to post my most embarrassing ‘sighting’ in Kruger National Park.

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Our driver stopped to point out the rhino in the distance.  I was quite adamant that I had a rhino in sight…the small scrubby tree right in the middle of the photo!  After noting that my fellow travellers were pointing/looking in another direction I trained my lens on my “rhino” only to see that it was a tree… 😦

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…it was actually a hundred metres to my right.  Oops!

It wasn’t the only Oops I had during the trip.

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It was hot and the heat haze did not help…at least that’s my excuse.  Fortunately we had much closer sightings later on in our travels.

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There “used to be” Rhinos

African rhinos will soon be extinct….a matter of a couple of years at the present rate poaching. It can only be described as fascinating to have seen them in their own environment. We hope to return soon….and all fellow travellers agreed that this was the future of Africa, the tourist dollar, and that simply killing the animals was abhorrent.

Fight for Rhinos

Just back from Kenya. What an amazing experience-getting to see, hear and live the culture I’ve heard so much about! I’ve learned new things, made new friends, and of course was “over the moon” seeing all the magnificent wildlife I love so much.

My prized memory was at Ol Pejeta; seeing a black rhino in the distance. After a bit, he came galloping out of the bush at us. He stood there for minute or so as if sizing us up, then turned and ran back. It was incredible.

DSCF2388There were a few rhino in the Lake Nakuru area as well. But, having been to Samburu, Amboseli, and Masaai Mara, the one disturbing theme was “There used to be rhinos here.” There are now none in Samburu or Amboseli, and rare spottings in the Mara.

With poaching stats at almost 800 for this year alone, it’s no wonder they’re so…

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