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Defending the Rhino: The challenges of filming animals up close

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of Defending the Rhino and find out more about our 13,000 mile journey across South Africa.
We were able to film lions really close up. Pretty scary stuff.
lionBBC/Robin Matthews
Sometimes we were able to film right next to the wildlife, like these leopard, who were enjoying their lunch when we spotted them through the bushes. They didn't mind us being nearby because we stayed very quiet and crept up slowly to get the perfect shot.
Filming leopards in South AfricaBBC/Robin Matthews
Newsround's presenter Ayshah Tull and a small team from NR HQ headed to South Africa in February to make Defending the Rhino, a special documentary about poaching.
Rhino feedingBBC/Robin Matthews
Other animals were a little bit more tricky to film, so we used lots of different lenses to help us zoom in from afar. Film producer Lauren said: "These giraffe were all very curious and looking at me whilst I was filming them, but thankfully they stayed nice and still whilst I set up the camera."
Lauren filmingBBC/Robin Matthews
We spent two weeks filming some of Africa's most beautiful wildlife and travelled more than 13,000 miles, which was pretty challenging, but very exciting!
An elephant in South AfricaBBC/Robin Matthews
Two expert guides helped us stay safe around the animals in the wild by monitoring their behaviour.
Ayshah and ChrisBBC/Robin Matthews
This cheeky croc was a little bit camera shy but still popped up just long enough for us to take this snap.
Crocodile swimmingBBC/Robin Matthews
We took lots of filming equipment with us, including a special slow motion camera, Go pros, a 360-degree camera and a gadget called an Osmo, which helped our film producer Alex shoot on the move and capture the beautiful sunsets and sunrises you see in the film.
Cameraman filming in South AfricaBBC/Robin Matthews
Ayshah's favourite day of filming was at an animal orphanage. She got to bottle-feed newly rescued baby rhino Lofo his lunchtime milk. He seemed to enjoy being on camera and even used his horn to nuzzle at our tripod which is a stand used to balance the camera on.
Ayshah bottle feeding a baby rhino in South AfricaBBC/Robin Matthews
Lofo's adopted family also wanted to see what was going on.
Ayshah with rhinoBBC/Robin Matthews
Our most challenging day was trying to track down Thandi, the rhino who survived having her horn cut off by poachers. She lives on a huge reserve and often heads off into the bush for days with her baby Thembi.
Rhino in South AfricaBBC/Robin Matthews
Luckily, with the help of the rangers at the park and vet Dr William Fowlds, we were able to find Thandi and her baby Thembi and film them.
Vet Dr William Fowlds talking to AyshahBBC/Robin Matthews
It meant we were able to get very close to some incredible creatures, including elephants.
Filming elephantsBBC/Robin Matthews