|Copyright: Yves Grenier (eev)
|Date Taken: 2009-08-14|
|Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 70-200 f/4L|
|Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-08-18 4:35|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped rhinoceros is one of the five species of rhinoceros that still exist and is one of the few megafaunal species left. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species. The White Rhino is the most common of all rhinos.|
A popular theory of the origins of the name White Rhinoceros is a mistranslation from Dutch into Afrikaans and English. The Afrikaans word "wit", meaning "white" in English is said to have been derived by mistranslation of the Dutch word "wijde", which means "wide" in English and is spelt "wyd" in Afrikaans. The word "wide" refers to the width of the Rhinoceros mouth. So early English-speaking settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the "wyd" for "white" and the rhino with the wide mouth ended up being called the White Rhino.
This lovely specimen was captured at Granby Zoo in early afternoon when the hot weather set in.
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Excellent capture of this beautifull animal, very sharp details, nice natural colors,