Category Archives: rhinos

Diceros bicornis michaeli

By Will Knocker:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_black_rhinoceros

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Clash of the Titans

By Will Knocker:

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Two bull Black (Browse) rhinos go nose to massive nose on who’s territory this is…

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Massive pachydems face off to determine who is the Boss…in the middle of the road…

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We kept our distance….(have you ever been charged by a rhino?)

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And watched in fascination  as the two protagonists got on with their confrontation…
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Good old KWS had to spoil the show..

 

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Visitors who had obviously NOT been charged by a rhino hoved in for a closer view & the rhinos, honour satisfied, trotted off back from the disputed border, back deeper into their territories….

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Happy World Wildlife Day 3rd of March……..

Browse Rhinos

By Will Knocker:

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NNP in the Wet Season….

By Will Knocker:

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Early morning impala…

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White (or Grass) rhinos are doing well in the Park: they were introduced from Nakuru NP

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Native Black (or Browse) rhinos in their element…

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There are 40+ lions in NNP, amongst which are at least 6 adult males, all of them brothers…

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Could this be a Green-winged Pytilia?

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Four Black-backed jackals on the remains of a lion-kill in the Athi Basin…

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Spot the difference between a Tommy & Grantis…..

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There have never been so many bufffaloes in the ParK; helping to naturally manage the grasslands….

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The Park is a veritable ocean of long grass interspersed with wild flowers: absolutely beautiful…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Day in the Park!

Story & pics by WILL KNOCKER:

On wednesday this week, Ed & Jeremy Hildebrand & I spent all day in the Park in superb weather & saw the best that the constantly surprising NNP has to offer….. first, these rhinos, note the bull on the right marking his territory with a horizontal blast of pee…

Early morning along the Empakasi was like a Vision of Eden…..

Then we came across this nursey herd of eland (calves suckle from any lactating female they find, an adaption to the nomadic way of life of these antelopes, who are constantly on the move.) NNP contains one of the most significant herds of eland in Kenya & the population is rising…

We definitely had a rhino day: we saw several unusual herds of Black (Browse) rhinos at close quarters….

We stopped for coffee at the Athi Dam, where zebra were watering & this kongoni posed for us. The kongoni population in NNP is exploding, bucking the trend in the rest of Kenya, where this sp. is in steep decline..

A spiral of large raptors brought us to this dramatic site: a kill…..

Ant the perpetrator, a stuffed lioness….

A pair of jackals tried to drive off the estimated 80 vultures gathered for the feast: an eland….but were ignored…..

But all soon moved off at the ‘owner’ returned to protect her kill….

There was masses of ’plains game’ in the Athi Basin & on the top plains, where we found these zebra twins….

The Rains have not been good so far & so most biomass is in the park owing to overgrazing in the rangelands where they usually go at this time of year. The return of both Gran’ts & Thomson’s gazelles to the Park after many years of a ‘long grass’ regime is heartening. But where are the cheetah?

Ostriches under a big blue sky….

Proved to be a group with an adolescent chick: the last survivor (there is very heavy mortality amongst young ostriches…)

Then clever Ed spotted no less than six Black backed jackals: a pair of adults & four grown up cubs: great news for these little canids, which are not common in NNP…..

A bull Grass (White) rhino…..was this the individual translocated from the Mara after all his companions were killed?

As usual the Park was A1 for birds……this is a Superb starling, though we also saw the aptly named Hildebrandt’s……

And yet another bull rhino……

This was all BEFORE lunch, when we returned to Silole Cottage, where these piggies were enjoying a cooling wallow.

In the afternoon, yet more (Browse) rhinos…..

And in the Langata forest, Jeremy spotted this pair of magnificent Bateleurs, the only pair in the Park!!

And on our way home, in the distance, a new baby rhino…we couldn’t make out which type….

What a day! What a Park!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NNP CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE RHINO

By Will Knocker:

A Black rhino bull browses in Nairobi National Park yesterday at dusk. Blacks, or more accurately Browse rhinos are often most active at night…..

These are our indigenous East African Blacks (Diceros bicornis michealii) of which about 700 remain on the planet, mostly here in Kenya…..

And one of the ‘best’ & safest Sanctuaries has been Nairobi National Park, where the scattered remnants of the rhino population, decimated to less than five hundred in the Seventies, were able to find peace & security…

Since then the population increase enabled many rhinos to be translocated elsewhere, to newer sanctuaries, with varying success….

With the current poaching onslaught (horn is now one of the most valuable commodities on earth thanks to human greed & ignorance) NNP remains the vital core of Kenya’s efforts to conserve these magnificent pachyderms….

In the nineteenth century, there were hundreds of thousands of rhinos in Kenya. Let us ensure that rhinos have the space to be themselves: huge, powerful mega-herbivores, wonderful, inspriring life-forms……

Rhino cow & calf from my sitting room window at www.silolesanctuary.com where you might see them on foot if you are unlucky……

Yet another reason to celebrate our magnificent Nairobi National Park!

Springtime in Nbi Nat Park

“Buzz Off Junior!”

WTF???

Thank Goodness That’s Over!

‘I’m Off!”

IMAGES BY WILL KNOCKER

 

White Rhino Calf

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New Grass Rhino Calf Doing Well…..

PHOTOS By HAMISH GUEST:

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Good News for Rhinos!

Pictures of a newborn Grass (White) rhino from last week….

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This brings the NNP total to 13 individuals. 10 were translocated from Nakuru NP a few years. A cow gave birth (see archive) & then the last surviving Grass rhino (a bull) was brought in from the Mara after his companion was poached. = 12

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Here is the new little creature :  I bet it is a female!!

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Looks like we have a BREEDING population of Ceratotherium simum simum, a species from the Southern savannahs of Africa.

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From 10-20 animals in the early years of the 20th century, there may be 5000 or so of  this sp. which is  Critically Endangered.

Could you please tell the ignorant people  that RHINO  HORN IS NOT MEDICINE….