White Rhino Grazing

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Our third sighting of white rhino during our stay at Tala Private Game Reserve, located about an hour away from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

During our time at Tala, we took two game drives, and got very close to white rhino on both occasions; but we were lucky enough to also spot a pair of white rhino strolling across the hill in the background as we attended the outdoor wedding which brought us to South Africa in the first place.

I photographed this particular white rhino from a distance, but on both this game drive and the first two days earlier, the rhino were as close as five metres from the vehicle.

The white rhino is not so named due to its colour. Like all rhino, the white rhino is grey; but according to a popular theory, it was named the white rhino due to a mis-translation from Dutch to English.

The white rhino is a grass eater, and has a wide mouth well equipped for grazing. The Dutch word for wide is "wijd", and the early English settlers in South Africa may have mis-translated the Dutch word as "white", hence the name.

Published on Wednesday, 24th October, 2012.

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