In the recent newsletter from Elephant Plains, the Ranger's Diary talks about the 2 resident "Crashes of Rhinos" that they have.... one group of 3 and one group of 4, all subadults with 2 males, one a dominant male who is having a hard time deciding which group to affiliate with.
My question is - Do rhinos have a home territory & if so, would they travel any distance from their home territory? Given the closeness of Elephant Plains to Nkorho, I wondered if the groups of rhinos we see here might be these two groups. It probably is not that tidy a solution, but thought I would ask.
Thanks for your help.......Beryl
Adult male Rhinos are solitary animals, and maintain and defend defined territories. All the available range is divided up, and held by two thirds of the mature bulls.
The other third of the male population live as satellites on the territories. The owner of the territory may become conditioned to their presence, if they are appropriately submissive in his presence.
The bulls generally hold their territory for around three years before being usurped. Adult bulls pronounce their territory by frequent urine spraying, as well as maintaining a midden.
The adult females, by contrast, live in overlapping home ranges within these territories. They are rarely solitary, associating in pairs or with their most recent offspring.
This information is provided by the Wildlifecampus Game Ranging Course on www.wildlifecampus.com