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Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswaa

Tags:   Africa Birds Botswana Canon EOS 7D Mark II Common Waxbill Lagoon Linyanti Wildlife Reserve Southern Africa Waxbills Okavango North-West District

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(Ceratotherium simum) B28I8186 Shawu - Kruger NP - South Africa
The White Rhinoceros or square-lipped Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) is the largest extant species of rhinoceros. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species.
White Rhino are eating grass, while Black Rhinos are feeding on bushes. That's the best way to distinct the 2 species because the color is almost similar.
A popular albeit widely discredited theory of the origins of the name "white rhinoceros" is a mistranslation from Dutch to English. The English word "white" is said to have been derived by mistranslation of the Dutch word "wijd", which means "wide" in English. The word "wide" refers to the width of the rhinoceros's mouth. So early English-speaking settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the "wijd" for "white" and the rhino with the wide mouth ended up being called the white rhino and the other one, with the narrow pointed mouth, was called the black rhinoceros. Ironically, Dutch (and Afrikaans) later used a calque of the English word, and now also call it a white rhino. This suggests the origin of the word was before codification by Dutch writers.
In Kruger, to protect this species from poachers, we are not allowed to localize the place where we saw a Rhino. So it's approximatively somewhere....

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