Kruger National Park in South Africa is the primary home of the black and white rhinoceros. This endangered species has been a primary target of poachers from around the world. These killings brought the rhino to the brink of extinction as they sought the highly prized horn for Asian customers.
Pictured is the massive, square muzzled white rhino. This gentle giant has an obvious hump on its shoulder, large pointed ears and two horns. The prominent horn on the tip of his snout can grow up to 5 feet long!
The rhinoceros appears to be very passive. It’s slow lumbering feeding can be very deceptive. It has a portly demeanor, with a dull sense of sight.
On numerous occasions Cathy and I have sat and watched a white rhino lazily graze a short grass field near us. Over 30-minute period two rhinos foraged closer and closer to our vehicle. Suddenly, a male rhino raced forward with a rumbling growl and deep bellowing call. The mother and child rhinos quickly raised their heads to locate our car only a few meters away.
The mother rhino danced and raced to guide her youngster away from our car. It took our breath away to watch the quick speed of the lumbering giant. We had no idea that this massive gentle giant could reach speeds of 40 km an hour.
When surprised and provoked the rhinoceros is a highly aggressive adversary. We have seen it battle with Cape Buffalo and prevail in the deadliest encounter.
Take notice of God’s creation around you today. You may find yourself surprised by the variety and abilities demonstrated by God’s creatures.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.