AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY: THE RHINOS OF LAKE TURKANA

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why were these rhinoceroses so much smaller than the ones we saw elsewhere, about a third smaller in size, while the elephants we saw were the biggest in Africa?

At the same moment, a rhinoceros suddenly dashed out, and the Count found himself in a dangerous dilemma: which to shoot first, the elephant or the rhinoceros.

AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY: THE RHINOS OF LAKE TURKANA

By Chris Meyer

A hunting expedition, problems, drama, and speculation – a 100-year-old letter highlights a safari of yesteryear…

(While researching articles on Ludwig von Höhnel, an Austrian explorer and hunter, I came across a letter that appears to have been written by him.  Ludwig von Höhnel and Count Samuel Teleki were the first to reach Lake Turkana in their expedition to Northern Kenya in 1887-1888.  For reasons of space, this has been condensed.  This letter is addressed to Arthur Neumann, a famous elephant hunter, who von Höhnel met in what is now Kenya, soon after he was nearly killed by a black rhino.  Von Höhnel is referring to Neumann’s book, “Elephant hunting in East Equatorial Africa”, which was published in 1898.      Chris Meyer

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