The story behind this amazing photo (12 Photos)

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The seventh black rhino population established by the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, was recently released after a 1500 kilometer (932 miles) trip across the country. Nineteen of the critically endangered animals were moved from the Eastern Cape to a new location in Limpopo province. The helicopter ride was just a portion of the trip, but it made for some amazing photos.


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  • Verbal_Kint

    Rhino wakes up.. Wha? Where the fuck am I? Damn, what a party…

  • Justin R

    Damn poachers ruining life as we know it

  • Vicarious_Ink

    Pretty amazing creatures, honestly. I hope they just don't go extinct due to over poaching for their horns. While they would make great beer steins, I could do well with glass.

    God speed, Rhino. God speed.



    • SuperDanMan4290

      Glass sounds good, id rather have a glass mug for my beer than anything else, gives it a great taste, can't explain that.


    • VanIsleChiver

      "over poaching"? A little poaching is okay but no overpoaching!! :)

  • diesel

    Real life dinosaurs

  • DrLeppiwinks

    Pretty sure there was a WWF wrestler named Black Rhino at one point….

    • The Dream Is Dead

      No, but there is one named Rhyno who was in the WWF/WWE/TNA

      • rable

        but was he black???

  • MOAR

    Enter pissed-off PETA rant…where is it? We know it's coming.

    • hMMMM

      "Oh, those poor joints! That rhino will be so sore tomorrow, this is a case of animal cruelty!!!! We should have just let it die and let nature take its course aweoweoewoeweowoee blahblabhlbahblahahso;!!!"

    • myself

      I am expecting to too.

  • Stanley

    Helicopter rhino has nothing on spacebat.

  • Lumpy

    "Ha, I'll donate $1,000,000 to the orphanage when black rhinos fly"

    "Should I write a check, sir?"

    "I'd really rather not"

    • Meh

      "You can't win friends with salad! You can't win friends with salad!"

  • debox


    • Jeff

      You are correct. They announced it last week, the Western Black Rhino is forever gone.

      • Guesty

        Finally!! Thank God, seriously. Now if Panda Bears would just take a fucking page and start copying ..

      • Huzzah

        Yep, a few subspecies of black rhino can still be found, but I think they number around 2000 total.

  • echogeo

    Paula's done this ride.

  • CDW

    Yup, while the pics are awesome, looks like it was an ill fated trip.

  • Juan
    • Silaw

      Thats the western black rhino, those are eastern (slight genetic difference) which means this project is even more important.

      • A BiPolar Guy

        the article says the last time a western one was seen was 2006, so this is the "legally dead" announcement rather than anything really new.. Still a chance for the other subspecies

  • Nathan Hart

    Black Rhinos are now indeed either extinct in the wild, or at the point of no return. Best effort, but too little too late.

    • Andy Austin

      it's not all black rhinos though, just a sub-species native to West Africa. There are still some other sub-species in other parts of Africa. I saw a few last summer in Namibia, quite an amazing creature.

  • MigraineBoy

    Long story short…Paula missed the schoolbus…

  • JshWGrdn

    #7 New extreme sport? Rhino bungee jumping.

    • Rhino

      Ain't gonna happen.

      • guesty

        picture says otherwise ;)

  • Joe

    This both amazes me (the rescue) and saddens me (the poaching problem) as a member of the human race.

  • Hebrewhammer

    932 miles in less than 10 minutes. Seems legit.

    • Groggy

      The 10 minute helicopter ride was a short leg of the whole trip. Reading comprehension is an awesome thing.

  • MrRushing

    #7 – Like a Boss.

    • Bullshit Allergic

      soooo bosses are usually sedated against their sills naked, have their feet bound, are blindfolded and towed by a helicopter in the most embarrassing manner possible? just admit you have nothing worth typing.

    • stfu


  • bkfrijoles

    #12 i was working with kid this weekend and one of the little girls said to me that "Unicorn are real, and (pointed to the a rhino) said "look there a fat grey one"

    • rable


      • CalAb13

        LOL whatever dude

    • Wet_tosti

      With rhino You ment the fat bitch in the mall stuffing her face with a snowcone walking around in a grey jogging suit.

      • hMMMM


        I think he meant the fatass in his bedroom at 3 in the afternoon stuffing his face with mommy's "homemade" canned meatloaf that was prepared for dinner 2 nights ago. While chiving.

  • TitoRigatoni

    #7 would make an awesome album cover. (If you're old enough to remember album covers)

    • Rhino

      There was a band called 17 Rhinos (Saw them in Madison, WI) years ago… guess they would need to do a little 'shoppin of the photo.

    • nick

      album cover?

  • B Line (@asylumstudio)

    Dude, wheres my rhino…..

  • fact checker

    what do you reckon an inverted, drugged, blindfolded, flying black rhino dreams about?

    • TitoRigatoni

      Rhino pussy. Drugged-out flying rhino pussy.

    • The Pict

      Sticking it to Paula?

    • Bogus_Shizzall

      Flying Rhino stuffs

  • CalAb13

    Fantastic story…. reminds me of the day the flew they Dinosaurs into the prehistoric park @ the Calgary Zoo. Was really hung over and looked out the window to see a TRex about 1000ft in the air.

    Gave up drinking for a month ;)

  • bless1

    cool story bra…

  • Wet_tosti

    I realy hated the movie "Operation Dumbodrop", Thank god they don't make a next one with a rhino.

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