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RHINOS IN MASAI MARA

Masai Mara is one of the national parks where you can find the white rhinos, known to be the largest in the rhino family, weighing up to 3,500 kg. You can also spot black rhinos, although white rhinos are more commonly seen. White rhinos are threatened, with approximately 15,942 individuals. These two species look quite similar, being grey in color, and are primarily differentiated by their weight and the pointy upper lip of black rhinos. In terms of gender, males are called bulls, females are referred to as cows, and their young ones are called calves. A group of rhinos is called a crash. Females are sociable and have a gestation period of 15-16 months, giving birth every two to five years. On the other hand, males are territorial. Due to their poor eyesight, rhinos can easily fall prey to prides of lions, but they can protect themselves by running away if they sense danger in time.
These species have interesting communication methods, including marking their territory with poop and urine, which helps them detect other rhinos. They also growl and make trumpet calls during confrontations. Black rhinos usually make sneezing-like calls as alarms, snort when angry, scream when scared, and mmwok when relaxed. Given their grey color, they roll in the mud to create a camouflaging brown coating and cool their bodies from the hot weather in Masai Mara. While there are 35-50 rhinos living in this national reserve, they may cross over to Serengeti National Park over time, likely due to grass shortages since they are herbivores.
Some of the best places for travelers to stay and spot rhinos include Muthu Kekorok Lodge, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Mara Intrepids Tented Camp, Fig Tree Camp, Mara Explorer Camp, Enkorok Mara Camp, and many others. There are also other animal species in Masai Mara, including lions (known as the kings of the jungle, dangerous meat eaters), zebras (with white and black stripes to regulate their body temperature), antelopes, buffaloes, elephants (large creatures that can live up to 70 years), snakes (reptiles that move using their bellies, some of which are poisonous), turtles (very slow-moving creatures with hard shells), and crocodiles (meat eaters that drown their prey and smash them against rocks to soften the flesh), to name a few. You can reach this park by road or air, so hurry now to Kenya and witness these wonders.


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