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Black Rhino Mating

Black rhinoceros (rhino) or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) mating. Phinda / Munyawana / Zuka Game Reserve. KwaZulu Natal. South Africa

We has a spectacular wildlife sighting some years ago – Black Rhinos mating. It was in KwaZulu Natal and I’d rather not say where exactly in case someone with less than honourable intentions is inclined to visit…

But what an amazing sighting it was and we managed to shoot not only stills of it, but got some video material on the old Nikon D3x and 200-400mm lens I was using at the time. That’s the nice thing about shooting movies on a DSLR – you can flip between stills and video, enabling you to maximise your time in the bush. Hope you enjoy it and check out our YouTube Channel for more movies.

The black rhino or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, occurring in eastern and southern Africa including and, although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colours vary from brown to grey, depending where its located and where it has been wallowing.

An adult black rhino is about 140–180cm tall at the shoulder and between 3 and 3.75m long. An adult usually weighs between 800 and 1,400kg although some unusually large males have been reported as weighting up to 2,199 to 2,896kg. Two horns on the skull are made of keratin (with absolutely no medicinal benefits, despite what some may think) with the larger front horn usually about 50cm (20 in) long and very occasionally up to 140cm.

The adults are usually solitary in nature, coming together only for mating. Mating is not seasonal but births tend to happen towards the end of the wet season in more arid regions. When in season the females will mark dung piles and the males will follow females when they are in season. Courtship behaviour include snorting and sparring with the horns among males and snorting and swinging its head from side to side aggressively before running away repeatedly. Breeding pairs stay together for 2 to 3 days, sometimes weeks. They mate several times a day over this time and copulation lasts for a half-hour.

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