Kaziranga National Park, India

Indian rhinoceros bull standing at the riverbank in Assam. Two black birds are sitting on the rhino to clean it from insects. One bird sits on his back, the other bird on his horn.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 10 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-T2 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/500s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 560mm

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Indian rhinoceros bull standing at the riverbank in Assam, Kaziranga National Park, India. Two black birds are sitting on the rhino to clean it from insects. One bird sits on his back, the other bird on his horn. That beautiful Indian rhino is looking proudly into the camera. An Indian rhinoceros can be 3.5 meters / 11 feet long, as well as 2 meters / 6.5 feet tall. Indeed this is an enormous animal. Undoubtedly its natural skin armor looking like it’s a forgotten dinosaur.

Their hearing and smell are powerful, but they lack good eyesight. Indian rhinoceroses, also called Greater one-horned rhinos, are grazers. You find the beautiful Indian rhinoceros bull often grazing along the river banks. Eating generally only in the mornings and evenings. During the days, they hang out in mud holes or in the water to escape from the heat.

Indian Rhinoceros Can Be Aggressive

Indian rhinoceros bulls can be very aggressive. When he charges towards you, expect a speed up to 50km / 30 mph. Their natural predators are Bengal tigers. However, they are only vulnerable to the Bengal tiger when they are young calves up to one-year-old. Afterward, they are not in any danger from nonhuman predators. Poaching, of course, does exist in India. Poachers still poach the extraordinary rhinoceros for their horns. That is the downfall of their population numbers out in the northern parts of India. The African rhinos are their relatives. In Asia, there are three rhino species. The Indian Rhino, Javan rhino, and elusive Sumatran rhino. Undoubtedly all three species we push to extinction. We humans take their habitat and poach them. On the contrary, Indian rhinoceros numbers are slowly recovering due to conservation efforts.

“Undeniable, an Indian rhinoceros horn we humans do not need, but the rhinos need it.”

Indian rhinoceros, Rhinoceros unicornis, are on the list as vulnerable on the IUCN website.

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