There are two ways to get close-ups of rhinos: take the pictures from a safe distance with a telephoto lens, or ease up to the brutes and snap away. Joe Marsicano decided on the second method one fine day in Zululand last year. Marsicano was the safari master on a movie-making expedition and not a cameraman. Nevertheless when he stepped from his jeep to start building an album of rhino pictures he performed with professional calm, starting with the two inquisitive rhinos below.
Walking cautiously with one eye on his jeep, which waits with motor running, Marsicano angles toward a black rhino standing suspiciously with head up. A moment later (right) it suddenly charges and the photographer dashes for his car
At full gallop an infuriated cow rhino and her calf hurtle upon the fleeing jeep. Seconds later the animal caught the car and angrily overturned it. As the rhino worried the jeep, its shaken riders escaped to another one nearby