Visiting a safari is a wonderful way to see animals in a natural environment. Free to roam huge expanses of protected area where they are in no danger from poachers or hunters, the animals enjoy a safe and happy life. These giraffes and rhinos gave tourists a real treat as they wandered from the bush and crossed the road right in front of the vehicle.
Giraffes and rhinoceros' are gentle creatures that pose no danger to humans, unless harassed or threatened. Even still, seeing them close up from the safety of a car is advisable. To watch them walk gracefully across the road only a few metres away is an unforgettable experience.
The rhino actually stopped and looked directly at the car before deciding he wanted to cross. Despite weighing up to 2300kg, and being as solid and indestructible as an armoured tank, this great beast is a cautious one.
Rhinos are herbivores, eating only plants. Surprisingly, they are able to ferment food in their hindgut, allowing them to eat coarse and fibrous plants when necessary. Once full grown, their only predators are humans. Hunted for their horns that are sold in illegal trade, poaching has brought them to the brink of extinction. Laws are currently being challenged and redrafted, allowing the sale of some rhino products. Boycotting this industry is the best way to stop it and protect these beautiful animals.