Glorious Mud and Nairobi’s White Rhino

It was getting quite hot in the car as I drove down the Eland valley. As I looked down towards the stream, something moved. It was definitely a rhino. But hold on, this was not the black rhino common in this area. Closer inspection with a pair of binoculars revealed that it was in fact a white rhino.

With the vehicle switched off, more rhinos came into view. Eventually, there were four of them, all covered with nice fresh wet mud, no doubt they had been wallowing in the muddy stream. They began to walk towards me and came quite close. Seeing the wet mud on them made me think of the song, mud, mud, glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.

The white rhino has only recently been introduced into the Nairobi National Park. Ten were translocated from Nakuru in October 2009 then a calf was born in November the same year. In the last three months, another one was rescued from possible poaching in the Mara region.

The total population is now 12, considering their gestation period is about 18 months, it would be wonderful if a few more calves were born in the near future. The Nairobi National Park is internationally renowned as a sanctuary for both the black and the white rhino. Sadly, many rhinos elsewhere in East and South Africa are still being butchered senselessly for their horns. The Kenya Wildlife Service continues to protect and conserve the rhino and other endangered species. The Nairobi National Park is open daily from 6pm to 7pm.