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33 Stunning Photos of Rhinos in the Wild

The rhino is always ready for its close-up. These 30 gorgeous photos of rhinoceroses will give you a sneak peek into their wild lives.

Typical african scenery, silhouette of large acacia tree in the savanna plains with rhino, rhinoceros, Africa wildlife and wilderness sunset conceptArtush/Shutterstock

These beautiful, colossal creatures dwell in the grasslands of southern Africa and parts of Asia. They’re known for their veganism and affinity for mud baths, but don’t confuse them for snooty. Rhinos are an endangered species, with their population decreased by 97.6 percent since 1960.

Mother and infant white rhineceros in South Africa.NaCorShutterstock/Shutterstock

A white rhino baby and mother in Bostwana

This rhino family lives in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a 33-square-mile habitat for white and black rhinos, as well as other species.

African white rhino on Kilimanjaro mount background, National park of KenyaVolodymyr Burdiak/Shutterstock

Rhinos can climb Kilimanjaro, too

This majestic rhino could teach you a thing or two about travel photos. Look at her confident, steady gaze! Her Instagram-ready pose! She knows she’s the most beautiful natural wonder in this photo.

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium Simum) head to head - Kruger National Park (South Africa)Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock

Got your nose!

When poachers target rhinos, they aim for the horns. Rhino horns are very valuable—they can be worth up to half a million dollars—and this puts the animals in morbid danger. Poaching and other dangerous conditions have driven rhinos to the brink of extinction.

A large adult one horned rhinoceros in a salt lick at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in India.neelsky/Shutterstock

A lone warrior

The one-horned rhino appears to be wearing a suit of armor, due to folds in its skin. They are the largest species of rhino, and generally prefer to keep to themselves, rather than travel in groups.

White rhino( Ceratotherium Simum) drinking at the water, Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa.Gunter Nuyts/Shutterstock

Happy Hour at the watering hole

This rhino knows how important it is to stay hydrated, and you should too. Rhinos can survive up to five days without water, but you should be drinking eight glasses a day… or should you? Be wary of these signs that you’re drinking too much water.

Impalas and rhino on watering hole, Etosha national park, NamibiaOlivia Engmann/Shutterstock

Tame impalas

The herbivorous nature of the rhino makes it a friend to many other species of animal, which is why these impalas aren’t afraid to hang out near our leathery friends. In fact, some birds like to camp out on rhinos’ tough skin. You can only see these 12 birds at one place in the world.

Young rhino calf running away in the dusty ground at sunriseJMx Images/shutterstock

All aboard!

Oxpecker birds and rhinos have a symbiotic relationship, in which the oxpeckers, or “tick birds” eat ticks and other bugs off of the rhinos. They also let off a warning “caw” when predatory animals approach.

Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

The oxpecker’s darker side

While the relationship between the oxpecker and the rhino is symbiotic, it isn’t truly mutualistic. The name “oxpecker” might have given it away, but these little birds actually drink rhino blood, specifically after removing ticks. They don’t seem so wholesome now, do they?

The red billed oxpecker is a passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae; some ornithologists regard the oxpeckers to be in a family by themselves, the Buphagidae. They eat bits on rhino and oxenselim kaya photography/Shutterstock

An oxpecker bird surveys its kingdom (from a rhino’s back)

There’s something truly vampiric about that red beak.

Portrait of a white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) drinking water, South AfricaEcoPrint/Shutterstock

Something got you down?

This bummed-out rhino looks like the Eeyore of the wild animal kingdom. And we know what’s getting him down—many of his friends are endangered.

Rare white rhino, zebra's and swine's spotted on a Safari in Senegal. They are eating together.FemkeB97/Shutterstock

So a rhino, a zebra, and a swine walk into a field…

And nothing bad happens! These animals are actually eating lunch together. We wonder what animal secrets they’re talking about…

A sub adult black rhino in the KalahariLance van de Vyver/Shutterstock

The teen years

This beautiful sub-adult rhino is not quite fully grown, but not quite a baby. It seems to be out on the world on its own, exploring the desert.

A White Rhinoceros calf in Kruger National Park, South AfricaSue Berry/Shutterstock

A cute rhino calf

This white rhinoceros calf is poised and picture-perfect. It’s so cute that we could write a song about it, but “baby rhino, doot doo doo doo, doo doo,” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. We’ll leave that song to the sharks.

Black rhinos somewhere in africaT-bal/Shutterstock

Black rhino buddies

These two rhino friends are chilling out and watching the sunset after a long day. Did you know that rhino horns become sharper over time due to sun exposure and frequent headbutts? If not, read up on these 60 incredible animal facts you probably never knew.

Rhino in front of Kilimanjaro mountain - Amboseli national park KenyaVolodymyr Burdiak/shutterstock

Pure beauty

This photo of a rhino in front of an acacia tree, with Mount Kilimanjaro looming in the background, is one of the most gorgeous nature photos of all time. It’s one of those wildlife photos you can’t believe are real.

Black RhinoMichael Potter11/Shutterstock

Hey, I’m walking here!

This black rhino definitely has somewhere to be, and he wants you out of his way. So move it!

Cute baby white rhino covered in mud running across an open fieldChad Wright Photography/Shutterstock

Look at her shine!

This cute baby rhino is all muddied-up and ready to turn heads. She’s shining, she’s glowing, she’s serving untamed, natural beauty! She’s one of the endangered baby animals making a comeback.

Two baby Rhinos meet for the first time in the great African wilderness in the golden afternoon lightMattAfrica/Shutterstock

Baby rhinos meet for the first time

We can almost hear them say “ugh, aren’t our moms such losers?” These baby animal photos will make your day.

Black Rhinoceros cow and calf walking away in Etosha desertJohan Swanepoel/Shutterstock

“We said no pictures!”

A baby rhino and its overbearing bodyguard walk away from a photographer in the Etosha desert.

A variety of animals, including a Giraffe, White Rhino and Plains Zebra, congregate around a small waterhole in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in central Botswana James Bloor Griffiths/Shutterstock

A town-hall meeting on the savannah

“OK, meeting adjourned…I heard someone invited the lions.”

Northern White Rhino with Southern White Rhino, KenyaColin Hancock/Shutterstock

Square up!

These rhinos look like they’re about to face off. Male rhinos can sometimes get aggressive, fighting each other with their horns.

Herd of rhino fighting in dust at sunrise, South AfricaJMx Images/Shutterstock

Kiss and make up

“Look, I’m sure we can find a non-violent solution to this situation.”

Three rhinos, two of them are kissing, South AfricaPetra Christen/Shutterstock

Third wheelin’

Rhino number three can’t help but feel forever alone. It doesn’t matter what species you are, we’ve all been the third wheel.

baby rhino, blue bird, playing, fun, white rhino, starling, Martin Bucher/Shutterstock

Birds are friends, not food

A baby rhino calf chases a Blue-eared starling in the wild. Nothing warms our hearts like unlikely animal friendships.

A group of White Rhino in Southern African savannaCathy Withers-Clarke/Shutterstock

A crash of rhinos

Did you know that a group of rhinos is called a “crash?” Check out these 27 animal group names you’ll have to see to believe. 

White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) are earth's second-largest land mammals. Rhinos are endangered due to incessant poaching for their horns, which some people believe have medicinal properties.Jonathan Oberholster/Shutterstock

A post-swim snack

This rhino just returned from a relaxing dip in the stream and is grazing poolside while he dries off.

Rhino pair lazing in the shade of some bushesRoland Jones/Shutterstock

Rhino R&R

This pair of rhinos is sneaking some rest and relaxation into their day, lazing under the shade of some bushes.

White rhino chatting with a bird, Kruger National Park, South Africa4uphoto_Valeria De Mattei/Shutterstock

A white rhino chatting with a bird

“Hey, little buddy—need a ride?”

Mother and baby Rhino calf grazing in green grass vegetation. Victoria Falls, ZimbabweLynn Yeh/Shutterstock

A mother and baby rhino eat breakfast

“Mom, I can’t believe you’re making me do Whole30.”

Two Big White Rhiroceros, Rhino Family walking together and eating grass, two rhinos in one photo, BotswanaDave Primov/Shutterstock

The perfect family photo

The sky is clear and blue, and the grass is a beautiful shade of green. The only problem is the baby rhino, who is completely uninterested in facing the camera. If you want to see more stunning vistas, check out these photos of the world’s most beautiful countries.

Herd of rhino fighting in dust at sunrise, South AfricaJMx Images/Shutterstock

Feeling feisty

These rhinos are about to start a fight, but they waited until sunrise to do it in style. This battle wouldn’t be nearly as cinematic at noon.

Portrait of a male bull white Rhino grazing in Kruger National park during our stay in Marloth parkShams F Amir/Shutterstock

“Make sure you’re getting my good side”

This rhino knows its angles. Next, check out some of the most colorful animals you’ll find around the world.

Dani Walpole
Dani Walpole is an Editorial Intern at Reader's Digest. She is a senior at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she is completing her degrees in Digital Media Production and English: Creative Writing. At SUNY, she works for WFNP 88.7 and writes for The New Paltz Oracle and The Teller Magazine. She is passionate about travel, rock music, and being employed after graduation.