The Leopard Survey priority species monitors, currently based in the #Hluhluwe section of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, were very lucky to be in the right place at the right time when they came across a rarely witnessed event of White Rhinos mating! The event shown in this minute-long video lasted about 8 minutes from start to finish.
For #WhiteRhino bulls to succeed in their courtship with a female, they must first claim “attractive” land by marking (using dung and urine spray) and protecting it against competitors. White Rhino cows may have overlapping home ranges with several territorial bulls, but when receptive for mating, the bull will attempt to “win her over” and keep her within his area for up to 20 days. The female’s courtship acceptance is to allow the bull to rest his chin on her rump before allowing him to mount, as seen in this video. Keep in mind these animals are the 2nd largest African land mammal and males can weight up to 2 tons… It takes several attempts before they get it right and further courtship may proceed for 2 to 5 days. Sixteen months later (if successful) Hluhluwe will be one 40kg #Rhino richer.
In 2016, the White Rhino population was estimated to be between 19,682 and 21,077, the majority of which lives in South Africa. However, with the increasing demand for Rhino horn, more than 7,245 African #Rhinos (Black and White) have been lost to poaching in just a decade... This rare footage of #Rhinosmating is therefore good cause for celebration.
Thanks to the endless hard work by conservation organizations such as Ezemvelo KZN #Wildlife and Wildlife ACT (including camera trap images obtained through the Panthera Leopard Survey), that help ensure that these grey giants still roam freely within their natural habitats.
Video & Text by Leopard Survey Monitor: @anel0_wildlife
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