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Rhino in the Wild

This is the first of what will undoubtedly be many posts about my recent holiday in Africa.  I was lucky enough to spot the Big Five.  This white rhino was the  fifth of the big five for me on this trip.

This one was with 4 companions; they are part of a population of eight rhino currently living in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in southern Zambia.  (Mosi-Oa-Tunya means “the Smoke that Thunders” and is the local word for Victoria Falls.)

The rhino are well protected by armed game wardens who patrol 24 hours a day, but the park has struggled to keep the numbers up due to previous poaching.  They are hard to spot as they tend to hide away from the roads, and Park rules state no off-road driving.  With the help of the excellent rangers, though, it was just a short walk to find these beauties.

White Rhino, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park

Posted as part of Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Wild.

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    • Oh dear, I forgot to take photos. But yes, gorgeous caked every afternoon. It was a great holiday that consisted of sitting a lot (jeeps and planes) and eating a lot, including afternoon tea every day! I think you may have to join me next time I go!


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