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TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
A Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) adult with its calf interacting with another large calf. 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. Depending on circumstances rhino calves usually remain with their mothers for between two to four years. 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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