A white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) wallows in the mud at a pan in the Umfolozi National Park in Zululand, South Africa. The rhinoceros captured here on camera, in an almost monochromatic shot, is a female, which at the time had accompanied by a young calf. They had been lying in the shade of nearby trees before venturing to indulge in the lovely cool mud. South African private enterprise took magnificent steps to breed and increasing white rhinoceros numbers in the face of the Eastern onslaught to decimate this fine creature for its horn. Regrettably their numbers are now dwindling again. Badly so. A special word of thanks to Michael ‘Mike’ King, yet another former colleague, for granting permission to use this image on this blog.
(Canon 300D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 185mm)
Picture ©2005 Michael King – Simply Wild Photography