A Black Rhinoceros is accompanied by a little friend in the grasslands of Kenya. As rhinos go, these are quite shy and just getting a glimpse of one is a privilege. It was a thrill to see it!
This subspecies of Rhino is identified by its prehensile lip that can articulate like a finger for feeding on shrubs and grasses. (White Rhinos are mostly grass grazers and have a squared unarticulated lip.) The terms, “Black” and “White”, have nothing to do with their coloration.
Disclosure – These animals are highly endangered and much is being done to preserve their habitat and to eliminate poaching. To that end, they are marked so that they can be identified and monitored from a distance with binoculars or a spotting scope. I’m not in favor of changing the appearance of wildlife in my photographs but in this case I have done so (for my own aesthetic reasons) by removing those markings. I wanted this post image to simply represent the beauty and uniqueness of the animal. On this individual, one ear was marked with a circular hole and the other ear had a triangular notch taken out of it. I have retained the original image in case I decide to change the narrative and share the unedited version.
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