One Horn Rhino – Filming the Greater One Horn Rhino in Chitwan, Nepal
Nepal’s Chitwan National Park is a royal hunting ground turned wildlife sanctuary. In this pristine forest landscape, filmmakers Stewart Whitfield and Gustavo Martinez-Schmidt go out in search of the almost mythical Greater One Horn Rhino. This semi-aquatic beast, also known as the ‘unicorn’ rhino, is one of the rarest rhino species in the world.
In June 2014 we travelled with Hem Baral of the Zoological Society of London to film the different wildlife found in the Royal Chitwan National Park in the southern lowlands of Nepal. Temperatures were around 40 degrees everyday with nearly 100% humidity so it was not the most pleasant filming conditions. We shot everything with a 5Dmk2, a 7D, a Go Pro3 and a Phantom drone.
The Greater One Horn Rhino was our main focus but we managed to film all kinds of other wildlife as well as meeting some man eating tigers.
Getting to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu is easy – buses and taxi’s make the journey in about 6 hours depending on the weather. Once there you have different choices regarding accommodation but no options for actually staying in the park. If you want to see Greater One Horn Rhino’s then an elephant trek could be a good option as they can get you very close to the Rhino – more so than on a jeep tour. For filming we of course hired our own jeep which is convenient though exorbitantly expensive. Another option is to take a river trip though this only skirts the perimeter of the park and you won’t see any One Horn Rhino.