What is the difference between the black and white rhino? Updated

In the photo below we see the Black rhino on the left and White rhino on the right.

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis)

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)

*There are two types of rhino in Africa – the black rhino and the white rhino.

*Don’t let the name fool you, rhinos are grey in color not black or white as their names suggest. One of the theories is that the term white rhino is a mistranslation;
the Dutch settlers in South Africa initially called them “Weid mond rhino”, meaning “Wide-mouth rhino.”

*They should be referred to as the square-lipped (white) and hook-lipped (black) rhinoceros.

*Rhinos have poor eyesight but they make up for this with an acute sense of hearing and smell.

*Both the black and white rhinos have two horns.

*A rhinos gestation period is around 15-16 months with the female giving birth to only one calf at a time.

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum)

*The white rhino is a grazer with a wide mouth best designed for eating grass.
*It is not unusual to see White rhinos in a herd called a “Crash” of Rhinos (Make them run and you will know why).
*White rhinos are heavier then black rhinos with bulls weighing up to 2 300kg.

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis)

*Black rhino’s are browsers, using their pointed upper lip to grasp leaves and twigs.
*Black rhinos are more solitary, being seen most often on their own.
*Black rhinos can reach up to around 1 000kg.

Rhinos use their horns for self-defense against predators and fighting off opponents.
The horns are the reason that the species overall are classified as Critically Endangered.
This is due to the demand of rhino horn on the black market for medicinal use in the Far East.
The horns are ever-growing at a rate around 6 cm a year.

Want to see these amazing animals up close? Why not do your bit to help the Rhinos and take part in Rhino notching:

Highlights from September 2018

Every Game drive/Safari in the Pilanesberg is different, as field guides we drive through the gate and never know exactly what is going to happen. This all adds to the excitement as we head out on a game drive or Hot air balloon flight. 

September was a month of fire! It is very dry at the moment and we battled with a massive fire that burnt a large section of the reserve. The animals are still wondering around in the burnt areas and once the rain comes it will all turn green. Here are some highlights we would like to share with you.

Did you know?

Did you know that kudus have a very large liver in order to handle the toxins (Tannins) in the plants that they eat?

Did you know that the gestation period of an elephant is 22 months? This is the longest gestation period of all mammals.

Did you know that the collective noun (name) for a group of Zebras is a dazzle?

Highlights from August 2018

Every Game drive/Safari in the Pilanesberg is different, as field guides we drive through the gate and never know exactly what is going to happen. This all adds to the excitement as we head out on a game drive or Hot air balloon flight. 

The August winds have arrived, for the first time in awhile they are on time. It is very dry at the moment so we are hoping the rains will come soon. Here are some highlights we would like to share with you.

Orion- A leopard that seems to like to have his photo taken

Meet “Orion”, this young Leopard male has been “spotted” often on our safaris lately. He is very relaxed around the vehicles seeming to not even notice us as he goes about his day. This is always very exciting as Leopards are not one of the most seen mammals in the Pilanesberg National Park.

We don’t know if one can take a bad photograph of this cat as it is always so hard to choose from the large amount taken. Here are some that we would like to share of this magnificent cat.

The view from above – Hot air balloon flight over The Pilanesberg National Park

One of the perks of our job is that every now and then we get to actually go on one of the activities as a guest instead of a guide. On this occasion, I went on the Hot air balloon flight to get some photos from the air.

No doubt about it July is cold, but once you are on the balloon excitement overtakes the chill around you. There was some mist coming off of Mankwe Dam that morning which made for some great photo opportunities.

There were three balloons taking to the sky that morning making for an even better photo opportunity and a better perspective of what it is like up there.

You don’t even realize you are moving almost like floating on a cloud.

Why not come and experience it for yourself? Take advantage of our winter warmer special,

ending 31 August 2018.

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