Standing mere feet from one another, a man and rhino stared each other down in the remote wilderness of Zimbabwe’s Malilangwe Game Reserve. It is a situation that filmmaker Kim Wolhuter never wanted to find himself in, but required all his expertise to come out alive—and it was all caught on video. Wolhuter is a third-generation game warden with experience in South Africa’s mounted infantry regiments. Danger is not new to him, but one misstep against the massive black rhinoceros could have meant the end of his career.

The video of the tense encounter can be seen below:

Wolhuter and cameraman Julz Braatvadts found the rhino while filming for the upcoming Discovery Channel series Man, Cheetah, Wild. Black rhinos have a reputation for being aggressive, sometimes even charging trees or stumps. Black rhinos are critically endangered and have some of the highest mortality rates among mammals due to their predisposition to fighting amongst themselves. These large animals are equipped with a lethal horn, thick skin, and several thousand pounds of brawn.

Image screenshot of video by Discovery on YouTube

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2 thoughts on “Discovery Channel Filmmaker Faces Aggressive Rhino, Calmly Avoids Death

  1. Typical Discovery hype.
    What they don’t tell you is that Rhino’s can’t see very well and that it was reacting more to his sound than figure. As long as he was standing still he was in no real danger – you can tell he knows this. If he were to run away from the animal, the Rhino would not chase him once he realized that the threat (man) was moving away from him. They don’t eat meat.
    Why can’t we go back to documentaries that actually educate us and stop making fabricated, sensationalized crap.

    1. ps: The high mortality rate of Rhinos has nothing to do with infighting. it’s poaching to supply pathetic Asian superstitions that keep it endangered.
      Fighting amongst themselves as a reason for high mortality is simply ridiculous. How did they make it through the first million years…? MAN MAN MAN is why they’re endangered. This level of misinformation is disturbing especially coming from Discovery Channel.

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