Rhino Unicornis India Safaris

Jessica Tiffin

16 Jun 2014

See unicorn rhinos in India

Many people go on safari to India in search of the enigmatic, elusive and magnificent Bengal Tiger. However, having never let go of my childhood fascination with unicorns, when I heard that India was home to the great Rhinoceros Unicornis, my safari aspirations became very clear!

Subsiding in serene riverine grasslands in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Indian one-horned rhino really is quite a character to observe, and certainly has the right idea on how to live. They use the mornings and evenings to focus on activities such as chomping on various shrubbery with their prehensile lips, and spend the rest of the day wallowing in cool bodies of water with their chums. These puddles, mud pools and lakes are where the Unicorni do their socialising; greeting each other with a wide variety of distinct vocalisations such as snorting, honking, bleating, roaring, squeak-panting, moo-grunting, shrieking, groaning, rumbling and humphing. They are also seen to actually wave or bob their heads in friendly acknowledgment of kin, nuzzling their noses, mounting flanks and playfully running around and playing with twigs.

Whereas this friendly and playful demeanour extends itself to peers (and the odd avifauna who wishes to dine off the invertebrates hanging out on the rhinos skin), these beasts are not always known for their personable manner. If disturbed by unwanted observers, the males will adopt a method of projectile urinating backwards in order to communicate their displeasure in olfactory terms! They have also been known to trample and destroy crops, and even kill people in search of food. Although, this wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t such a competition for land with the ever increasing human population.

I think the Rhinoceros Unicornis is a pretty awesome and intriguing beast, and I’d rather it didn’t vanish from existence like its more fantastical hoofed cousin. So I’m particularly glad that the conservation efforts of Kaziranga Naitonal Park have mean that two thirds of the world’s population of this species is well and thriving here; humphing, snorting and wallowing their days away in the sub tropical paradise of Assamese India.

Our Rhinos, Tigers and Temples safari gives you an excellent chance of spotting the Rhinoceros Unicornis as well as Bengal tigers and much more.

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