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?