White Rhino


I remember being so scared on this day. These two HUGE White Rhinos decided to walk a little bit to close to my car. With horns as big as my arm these animals can do serious damage.

As they came close my instant reaction was to put my camera and lens inside the car while staying perfectly still.  For a good 20 minutes they both just stood near the car. I heard each giant breath exit their mouths and the sound  seemed to be coming closer. My legs were shaking now! I was thinking just how fast is this car?

If I turn the key will I have enough time to get away, then I remembered that they can run 60km/h!  I couldn’t start the car or they would charge.  I would be crushed for sure!

I braved the risk of being crushed alive to get some shots (as any photographer would). This one was before I put my camera away! After about 20 minutes of what seemed to be a staring contest they moved on. Each THUD was felt as their feet hit the ground with weight as they walked passed the rear of my car.

All I can say is that I’m glad I got the shots!

Got to love Africa hey?

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5 comments on “White Rhino

  1. wow, how amazing it must’ve been to be so close to one of these beasts! definitely would have been daunting though as you described, but good on ya hanging around for the shot :-)

  2. Thanks for the comment Stephen. It is something I will remember forever. I can’t wait to get back there in September 2012!

  3. Dan says:

    If those horns are ivory, then they would be the rarest rhinos around. :)

  4. What we do to get the shot! This is amazing Leigh.

    Finally got my act together and started a blog thanks to your gentle nudging ;-)

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