Animal Face-Off: Rhino vs Elephant

15Mar
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Kariega Rhino Elephant Janniklaswedig

Guest Jan-Niklas Wedig took this amazing photo of an elephant and white rhino face-off on the savannah plains of Kariega Game Reserve. Neither of these animals are carnivorous or aggressive in nature, but if they were to have a scuffle, who do you think would win? Let’s look at the facts.

Elephant vs Rhino Animal Face-Off

Elephant are much bigger and heavier. An adult bull elephant is on average 3.2 metres (10.8 ft) tall and weighs approximately 6 tonnes (12,228 pounds). The male white rhino seems small in comparison with an average height of 1.8 m (6 ft) and weight of 2,300 kg (5,100 pounds).

Both animals can attack with brute force, have incredible stamina and are equally intelligent – which is perhaps why they don’t typically fight!

The elephant would use its tusks and feet to attack but the rhino would possibly have the upper hand. A rhino can run at up to 50 km/h. With this considerable speed and agility the rhino would be able to strike first with it’s incredibly sharp horn of solid keratins. The elephant would struggle to recover from a direct hit, particularly if the rhino managed to penetrate it’s under belly.

So, we would be bet on rhino! What about you? Email your answer to lindy@kariega.co.za or add it in the comments below.

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