Walking quickly through the jungle of Chitwan National Park in the southern Terai of Nepal, I follow my guide confidently as we chase down the rhino that was spotted by another group. Tika, my guide, wants to make sure I get to see the rhinos. There were also 2 other groups in the area and in order to get to the rhino first, he said we had to move fast! Chitto, Chitto! Fast, Fast! We gained speed and soon passed up the 2 larger groups. Tika moved through the jungle in his plastic flip flops easily and as we neared the river, I saw the big black rhino standing in the water. I held my camera up and she turned her head looking at me. I gazed upon this majestic animal and felt grateful to be able to experience this in the wild. The rhino slowly got out of the water and walked back into the jungle The other groups were just arriving as she disappeared from sight.
I was also able to see the Kingfisher bird, 2 types of deer, a handful of monkeys playing, and a crocodile sunning in the rocks. Oh, and one blood-sucking leech on my belly!