Giraffe and Rhino 

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Tall Drinking Running On the roadEating Close-up Two Watching us Road mother with triplets

The giraffe is the national animal of Tanzania, and are common in the north and south. I think we saw some in every park and conservation area. 

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)

With Birds Coming at us Serengeti

We saw six rhinos during our northern safari.

Four were in Ngorongoro Crater. They spend the nights in a small wooded area and in the morning they go into the tall grasses. We were at the park gate when it opened, and we went directly to the wooded area. The first rhino was already crossing the road. Then the others came, one by one.

Two were in Serengeti Park. Seeing any there is extremely unusual. According to the park rangers there are only seven Rhinos in the entire park. Our driver has been leading safaris for sixteen years and this is the first time he's seen even one! They were both far away, but we had binoculars. I'm including a blow-up of a photo of one taken with our longest lens just because it is so rare. Look between the two trees, a little to the left of center. The saddest thing is, they used to be relatively common in the Serengeti, before poaching was widespread.

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