Just how bad is a rhino’s eyesight? Here was the plan, if you can call a crazy off the top of your head idea that no one in their right mind would consider doing a plan, we were going to get out of our vehicle and see how close we could get to a wild white rhinoceros. There was a method to the madness. I was at South Africa’s Sabi Sabi Game Reserve where they were helping me with a story on rhinos. Part of the story was to see if the old theory of rhinos having bad eyesight is true. By the way, although Sabi Sabi does offer walking safaris to tourists, they would never do this with one of their clients. Being with National Geographic occasionally gives you some privileged access. Well, after you watch the video you can decide if this was a priviledge or not.
What did we learn from our test? Do rhinos have eyesight so bad they can’t tell a person from a bush at 20 feet? At 10 feet? Or closer? Did it prove I have a very small brain to even attempt this eye test? This video shows the results.