The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Encounter With a Rhino

After a long hot day I drove slowly down a road on the Embakasi plains. Just ahead, four white rhino were about to cross the road.

I stopped the vehicle and waited in anticipation for them to move by sitting absolutely still. The rhinos behaved normally and walked quite close to the vehicle.

The first three ( two females and a calf ) crossed without stopping and continued to graze with their square muzzles like giant grey lawnmowers that process grass and recycle it as manure.

But the last rhino seemed to be in no particular hurry. He was a large bull and stood completely still for some time and surveyed the surrounding area.

Even though I sat quietly the rhino seemed to be aware that the vehicle was parked there. Eventually he walked slowly off the road and headed into a nearby valley.

It is always a fantastic sight to be able to see rhino close up especially if they are relaxed and act normally because there is no threat due to noise like vehicles or rowdy people.

However it must be noted that white rhino are normally much more placid and sociable than black rhino, who tend to be more aggressive and less sociable. Therefore it should be noted that it is not advisable to get too close to black rhino.

Rhino are magnificent creatures. Kenyans need to do everything possible to ensure that they are protected for their future and ensure tourism for Kenya.

The park is open daily from 06h00 to 19h00. For more information on the park you can link to the following websites www.kws.org or www.nairobigreenline.com or on facebook.

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