Shot white rhinoceroses, 19th century

Shot white rhinoceroses, 19th century

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Caption: Shot white rhinoceroses. 19th-century illustrations of two female white rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum, one pregnant) shot in south-western Africa by British explorer James Chapman (1831-1872) on the night of 1 June 1862. The horse was saddled to hunt down a third wounded at the same time. Illustration by British artist Thomas Baines (1820-1875), who documented the scenery, flora and fauna of southern Africa from 1857 to 1864. In 1858 and 1859 he travelled with British explorer David Livingstone along the Zambezi River. Baines then travelled with Chapman in south-western Africa from 1861 to 1863. This artwork dates from 1864.

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