First Folks First


Ms. Maria Mitchell was born August 1, 1818 in Nantucket. In 1847 she discovered a comet with her telescope, and registered it officially. The King of Denmark awarded her a medal and the credit for her achievement. It is called “Miss Mitchell’s Comet”.

Her work garnered credibility for studies in Astronomy in the United States. She later became a professor and published author.

Rhinos are happy, thinking Ms. Mitchell followed her star.


Eyes Peeled

Rhinos sometimes get distracted and imagine We are Seeing what there is to See, keeping track, adjusting as necessary. We are an observant species, We Rhinos.

But We are inclined to forget that, in the Wild, Rhinos are more Observed than Observing. Critters all around Us, some near, some far, of many sizes, capabilities, and descriptions, are keeping an eye on Us. Just because.

In the Wild, each moment is a study in Fine Tuning oneself to the realities around Us. For other Critters, We are a Reality Seen. They and We are united in one concept: Better Safe than Sorry.


Rhinos never forget, but We are not good at keeping track of what it is We thought, or did, or wished, at any given point in time. Or at all.

We have the data sealed away in our Memory Banks, but are unclear about how to access it.

There is no way for Us to judge if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing. Actually, why bother?

Cooling Down

Rhinos do not perspire; that’s just a Natural Fact. What We can do is Gasp, which is primarily an Oral Exercise. Rhino nostrils are outstanding and oh-so sensitive, but when it is time to move Maxi-Air, We favor the mouth.

These Gaspings are mostly associated with Exertion, after which We must cool down, like any sensible Critter.

There is no dishonor in puffing and panting when that’s all you’ve got.