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Two Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) calves involved in a lengthy skirmish at night. Black rhinos are browsers, which are crepuscular. Solitary individuals or mothers with calves often meet at waterholes where tensions can result in fighting especially when a female is in oestrous. In this instance it was a case of these large calves, soon old enough to leave their mothers care, being encouraged to test their strength. Rhino calves usually remain with their mothers for about three to three and a half years. The mothers seldom intervened even though the one calf was larger than the other and the smaller calf seemed less enthusiastic after 45 minutes of robust play. Adult black rhinos can reach a height of over 1.5 metres and can weigh up to 1400 kilograms. It is thought that In the wild males tend to become sexually active between 17 to 35 years of age. The numbers of Black Rhinos in the wild have reduced considerably over the last 40 years due to poaching and the species is currently classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Filmed at the Moringa waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia, Southern Africa.

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  • Duration: 00:00:30.03
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  • Format: Apple ProRes 422 HQ
  • Frame Rate: 25.000


  • Capture Format: Nikon D850
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