33 Stunning Photos of Rhinos in the Wild
The rhino is always ready for its close-up. These 30 gorgeous photos of rhinoceroses will give you a sneak peek into their wild lives.
These beautiful, colossal creatures dwell in the grasslands of southern Africa and parts of Asia. They’re known for their veganism and affinity for mud baths, but don’t confuse them for snooty. Rhinos are an endangered species, with their population decreased by 97.6 percent since 1960.
A white rhino baby and mother in Bostwana
This rhino family lives in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a 33-square-mile habitat for white and black rhinos, as well as other species.
Rhinos can climb Kilimanjaro, too
This majestic rhino could teach you a thing or two about travel photos. Look at her confident, steady gaze! Her Instagram-ready pose! She knows she’s the most beautiful natural wonder in this photo.
Got your nose!
When poachers target rhinos, they aim for the horns. Rhino horns are very valuable—they can be worth up to half a million dollars—and this puts the animals in morbid danger. Poaching and other dangerous conditions have driven rhinos to the brink of extinction.
A lone warrior
The one-horned rhino appears to be wearing a suit of armor, due to folds in its skin. They are the largest species of rhino, and generally prefer to keep to themselves, rather than travel in groups.
Happy Hour at the watering hole
This rhino knows how important it is to stay hydrated, and you should too. Rhinos can survive up to five days without water, but you should be drinking eight glasses a day… or should you? Be wary of these signs that you’re drinking too much water.
The herbivorous nature of the rhino makes it a friend to many other species of animal, which is why these impalas aren’t afraid to hang out near our leathery friends. In fact, some birds like to camp out on rhinos’ tough skin. You can only see these 12 birds at one place in the world.
Oxpecker birds and rhinos have a symbiotic relationship, in which the oxpeckers, or “tick birds” eat ticks and other bugs off of the rhinos. They also let off a warning “caw” when predatory animals approach.
The oxpecker’s darker side
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While the relationship between the oxpecker and the rhino is symbiotic, it isn’t truly mutualistic. The name “oxpecker” might have given it away, but these little birds actually drink rhino blood, specifically after removing ticks. They don’t seem so wholesome now, do they?
An oxpecker bird surveys its kingdom (from a rhino’s back)
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There’s something truly vampiric about that red beak.
Something got you down?
This bummed-out rhino looks like the Eeyore of the wild animal kingdom. And we know what’s getting him down—many of his friends are endangered.
So a rhino, a zebra, and a swine walk into a field…
And nothing bad happens! These animals are actually eating lunch together. We wonder what animal secrets they’re talking about…
The teen years
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This beautiful sub-adult rhino is not quite fully grown, but not quite a baby. It seems to be out on the world on its own, exploring the desert.
A cute rhino calf
This white rhinoceros calf is poised and picture-perfect. It’s so cute that we could write a song about it, but “baby rhino, doot doo doo doo, doo doo,” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. We’ll leave that song to the sharks.
Black rhino buddies
These two rhino friends are chilling out and watching the sunset after a long day. Did you know that rhino horns become sharper over time due to sun exposure and frequent headbutts? If not, read up on these 60 incredible animal facts you probably never knew.
This photo of a rhino in front of an acacia tree, with Mount Kilimanjaro looming in the background, is one of the most gorgeous nature photos of all time. It’s one of those wildlife photos you can’t believe are real.
Hey, I’m walking here!
This black rhino definitely has somewhere to be, and he wants you out of his way. So move it!
Look at her shine!
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This cute baby rhino is all muddied-up and ready to turn heads. She’s shining, she’s glowing, she’s serving untamed, natural beauty! She’s one of the endangered baby animals making a comeback.
Baby rhinos meet for the first time
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“We said no pictures!”
A baby rhino and its overbearing bodyguard walk away from a photographer in the Etosha desert.
A town-hall meeting on the savannah
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“OK, meeting adjourned…I heard someone invited the lions.”
These rhinos look like they’re about to face off. Male rhinos can sometimes get aggressive, fighting each other with their horns.
Kiss and make up
“Look, I’m sure we can find a non-violent solution to this situation.”
Rhino number three can’t help but feel forever alone. It doesn’t matter what species you are, we’ve all been the third wheel.
Birds are friends, not food
A baby rhino calf chases a Blue-eared starling in the wild. Nothing warms our hearts like unlikely animal friendships.
A crash of rhinos
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A post-swim snack
This rhino just returned from a relaxing dip in the stream and is grazing poolside while he dries off.
This pair of rhinos is sneaking some rest and relaxation into their day, lazing under the shade of some bushes.
A white rhino chatting with a bird
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“Hey, little buddy—need a ride?”
A mother and baby rhino eat breakfast
“Mom, I can’t believe you’re making me do Whole30.”
The perfect family photo
The sky is clear and blue, and the grass is a beautiful shade of green. The only problem is the baby rhino, who is completely uninterested in facing the camera. If you want to see more stunning vistas, check out these photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.
These rhinos are about to start a fight, but they waited until sunrise to do it in style. This battle wouldn’t be nearly as cinematic at noon.
“Make sure you’re getting my good side”
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This rhino knows its angles. Next, check out some of the most colorful animals you’ll find around the world.