Black Rhinoceros in Namibia

Here is an abridged description of the black rhinoceros from Wikipedia:
The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and southern Africa. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.IMG_0049

The other African rhinoceros is the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). The word “white” in the name “white rhinoceros” is often said to be a misinterpretation of the Afrikaans word wyd meaning wide, referring to its square upper lip, as opposed to the pointed or hooked lip of the black rhinoceros. These species are now sometimes referred to as the square-lipped (for white) or hook-lipped (for black) rhinoceros.P1030502

The species overall is classified as critically endangered, and three subspecies, one including the western black rhinoceros, were declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.

Both pictures were taken by my wife earlier this month in Namibia, Africa.

20 thoughts on “Black Rhinoceros in Namibia

  1. Excellent. Your wife has been very fortunate. I’ve only seen a handful of rhinos even when I was living there. Quite on the brink as a species. A shame. And thank your wife for those photos. Bring back fond memories.

    • I’ve gone the opposite direction. From sophisticated cameras to just I-phones. And most times it works for me. Now, if I went to Namibia, I would take a sensible camera. With zoom.

    • Yeah, you are always on the move, large and heavy zoom lens resting on tripods are not of much use. Equally, very long lens are found not to be of much use as they are difficult to focus while on the move.

    • Did you leave your heart in SF?
      The wind was strong when I was on a hill overlooking the Golden Gate bridge.
      Homeless people common in SF and LA, what a country the USA has degenerated.

    • My heart? No. Though it could be an interesting city to spend a few weeks in and move around. Haven’t been to LA, but in SF alone there are close to 7,000 homeless most of them in a very health, both physical and mental. That is as old as humanity I guess, but I don’t think any society should leave their people on the street to freeze and become crazy. There were parts on market street where you could hardly walk due to the concentration of homeless people. In groups of ten, twenty… A shame really.

    • It is a real shame.
      Not sure why my brother still stays there when he has no job, no friend, no family etc. If it was me, I would have left ages ago.

    • Oh. Your brother lives in SF? I thought he had a job there. I totally agree with you. There doesn’t seem to be any point in staying as a stranger in a strange land… Weird.

    • Sorry that I have been jumping around. My brother lives in Clearwater, Florida. My comment relates to the whole of USA where it seems to be having problems of all sorts. One just wonders why one should still be staying there.

    • Understood. My perspective is the other way round. Yes, America has a few problems, (not to mention hapless killing of one another) but when you live in Mexico, with all the corruption and daily violence and murders… the US fells like peace. Cars actually stop at red lights. There. Not here…

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