Wednesday

Southern White Rhino

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White Rhinoceros: From the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: weit, meaning "wide"; early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the "weit" for "white".

The Southern White Rhino was one of the first kind of rhino to be at the brink of extinction in our life time. At the start of the 20th Century, there were perhaps only 50-200 Southern White Rhino surviving. Like other rhinos, the Southern White has recently been persecuted by poachers who sell its horn for medicinal or ornamental purposes in the Far East and Middle East. But, at the end of the 19th century, Southern White Rhinos were decimated by farmers and hunters, in South Africa, much as the American bison was in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of conservationists, researchers and concerned individuals (especially in South Africa) Southern White Rhinos were protected and have recovered to about 11,330. They are now the most abundant kind of rhino in the world. Their numbers are greater than all the other kinds of rhino combined. However, poaching pressure is still intense and almost all Southern White Rhinos live in a single country so we can't be complacent about their conservation.

Today there are 5 species and 11 subspecies of rhinos surviving on earth. Two species (Black & White) occur in Africa. Three species (Indian, Javan, and Sumatran) occur in Asia.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the way you've captured the rhino. Standing on the hill is great...the colors are wonderful. Thank you so much, Faye, for adding all the info you do.

TonyV said...

This is a very striking photograph.

The Afrikaans for wide is actually 'wyd', which in Afrikaans would be pronounced almost the same as 'weit'. I would guess that the 'weit' comes from High Dutch which was the precursor to Afrikaans.

Linda said...

I really like this shot - the lone rhino standing proud at the top of his hill. Great shot

Marc said...

Very nice. This is an excellent picture.

pidge said...

Oh wow, this is great. My mom worked on a conservation project on rhinos, and I'm pretty sure it was the sounthern White Rhino.

Anonymous said...

wildlife safari is working to bring two more rhinos to be companions to Taryn, the southern white rhino in this photo, after the loss of her companion, Shoddy, this past January, to old age. (he was 46, the oldest in the U.S.