How to tail a rhino (or the view from a rhino’s butt)

Photo Credit: glasseyes view via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: glasseyes view via Compfight cc

‘The secret to sneaking up on a 3,000-pound black rhino, should you ever need to know, is to walk in its footsteps.  Literally.  Rhinos, it tuns out, have incredible sharp hearing – and the best way to avoid any crackling or crunching during your approach is to step inside our hefty target’s tracks, where the twigs, and leaves are already as flattened as they’re going to get.’ (source: Globe & Mail)

It’s also a great way to gain perspective & enhance your view.  As the old saying goes, walk in someone else’s shoes (or in this case footprints).  See where they’ve trodden, examine what things look like from their viewpoint.

For who knows, the view of a rhino’s butt could be pretty interesting.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~


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2 Responses to “How to tail a rhino (or the view from a rhino’s butt)”

  1. Andrew Says:
    October 16th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Hey Lee-Anne! I couldn’t resist a reply to this one. In 1999, I had the thrill of working at Sweetwaters Black Rhino Reserve in Nanyuki, Kenya, and we were regularly sneaking up on 3,000-pound black rhinos, on foot! Our task was to identify the different individual animals and track their positions and activity throughout the reserve.

    Finding such tracks in the savannah would have been surprisingly challenging, although we did occasionally find footprints in the soil.

    The other things you have to know about black rhinos… They have great hearing but poor eyesight. They spook easily and the don’t typically charge people on foot, they just pick a direction and run. If that happens to be in your direction, you better climb a tree. Fast.

    So as it turns out, I do know that the view of a rhino’s butt is pretty interesting. You just have to be careful you don’t end up one of those things that are as flattened as they are ever going to get. 😉

  2. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    October 17th, 2014 at 5:33 am

    No way! I had no idea you’d spent time here. We’ve stayed in Sweetwaters- it’s amazing. Thanks for sharing your (intriguing, totally cool) experience. Who knew you could add rhino tracker to your CV!

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