By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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Videographer / director: Wayne Howarth
Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson
Editor: Sonia Estal, Joshua Douglas
The rare footage was shot by senior field guide Wayne Howarth in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa during an evening game drive looking for a pride of lions.
Wayne said: “I happened to see the two rhino in the same area off in the distance with binoculars.
“So I told my guests we must get there as soon as possible because it may be a rather interesting sighting, and something we don’t often get to witness.”
Wayne, 26, and his guests were very lucky to witness the encounter, as it is rare to see white and black rhino together due to the fact that they have different diets.
Howarth said: “It was an amazing thing to experience. I was very excited and my adrenaline was pumping!
“To see the size, power and speed of the massive beasts was hectic. It was a real intense few minutes.”
Both species are found in sub-Saharan Africa and look similar to one another, but the major difference is the shape of their mouths.
Black rhinos have a pointed lip which they use to pick fruit from branches and select leaves from twigs, while white rhinos have a flat, wide lip to graze on grasses.
The senior field guide said: “We don’t often get to see the white and black rhino together due to their different diets; the white rhino being a grazer, so is found more often in the open grassy plains, and black rhino are browsers so is found in the thicket areas.
“So this keeps them out of each other’s way and it’s not often we get to see them together. It is no doubt in my top five wildlife experiences!”
Keeping a safe distance from the battle, the group parked 20 metres away and watched as the two horned animals went head to head.
Wayne said: “I kept a safe distance from the rhinos during the fight. We got no closer then 20 metres.
"It very well could end up in a dangerous situation if they got too close to the game viewer. I made sure there was a safe escape route if they came too close.”
Although Wayne wasn’t able to capture the end of the fight, he said the white rhino ended up winning the battle before the two went their separate ways with no more than a few battle wounds.