Meet Divan (the human) and Ostita an 800 kg baby rhino. I photographed this pair along with another smaller baby rhino earlier this year for the May/June edition of Pet Prints Magazine. This is one of the more unusual assignments I’ve been commissioned to shoot and possibly the most exciting of my career so far.
If you’re familiar with my work, you’ll know that I spend quite a bit of time photographing dogs, so baby rhinos are a little off piste, but the same principles apply, with one additional consideration, ‘mind your toes’.
Both rhinos are part of a project set up by Aquila Private Game Reserve called, ‘Saving Private Rhino’ an initiative that aims to provide anti-poaching training and solutions to game reserves throughout South Africa in an effort to protect the remaining rhino populations from the ever present threat of poaching.
Both orphaned babies are in the care of Divan Grobler, an inspirational guy who is caring for the smalls until they can be re-released.
It turns out that baby rhinos are just like puppies, they love to play and are super curious. I was just very grateful that neither of them tried to sit on my lap.
Read all about Divan, Osita and the Saving Private Rhino project in the latest issue of Pet Prints Magazine.