"Grazing with Mom"
Here is a photograph of a mother and young White Rhino. White Rhino's are more comfortable around cars and people than the Black Rhino.
White rhinoceroses are found in grassland and savannah habitat. Herbivore grazers that eat grass, the white rhinoceros is one of the largest pure grazers. It drinks twice a day if water is available, but if conditions are dry it can live four or five days without water. It spends about half of the day eating, one third resting, and the rest of the day doing various other things. White rhinoceroses, like all species of rhinoceros, love wallowing in mudholes to cool down.
White rhinoceroses produce sounds which include a panting contact call, grunts and snorts during courtship, squeals of distress, and deep bellows or growls when threatened. Threat displays (in males mostly) include wiping its horn on the ground and a head-low posture with ears back, combined with snarl threats and shrieking if attacked. The white rhinoceros is quick and agile and can run 31 mph.
White rhinoceroses live in crashes or herds of up to 14 animals (usually mostly female). Sub-adult males will congregate, often in association with an adult female. Most adult bulls are solitary. Dominant bulls mark their territory with excrement and urine. They wipe their horns on bushes or the ground and scrapes with its feet before urine spraying. We saw this up close on one of our safari's at a different park. I was maybe five feet away from the horn of a rhino that was perpendicular to where I was sitting. It was sniffing around us, its head was down as I thought it was getting ready to charge. Suddenly it started scraping its feet, and marked the territory with a spray. Glad it wasn't a sign of getting ready to charge, not so happy that I was this close to the spraying !
The proximity to the rhino, because of its size and power, was probably the most nervous I was in confronting any animal. Although a herd of elephants moving by has its moments...
Its a bleepin' shame that people poach these wonderful animals !!