Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

A handful of mammals make me think of dinosaurs. The rhinoceros is one of them. These large critters, with loose, thick skin, can move fast when they need to, are easily spooked and will charge at will, and can weigh thousands of pounds. You want to stay out of their way.

Because of severe poaching, rhinos are on the endangered list. Widespread demand for rhinoceros horn has kept poachers motivated despite that most countries have imposed banns on hunting them.

This 2-minute video shows a rhinoceros repeatedly charging a group of photographers. Shouting turned the rhino away more than once. Here’s a super-sweet video about two rescues — a rhino baby and hippo baby — who ended up bonding with each other. Later, the hippo baby was introduced to another hippo who could teach him about being a hippo. In this short video, the photographer shares footage of meeting a rhino close-up. 

FunFacts about Rhinoceros: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Info, quote: A rhinoceros, commonly abbreviated to rhino, is one of any five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family Rhinocerotidae, as well as any of the numerous extinct species. Two of the extant species are native to Africa and three to Southern Asia. The term “rhinoceros” is often more broadly applied to now extinct relatives of the superfamily Rhinocerotoidea. (Source)
  • All species of rhinoceros are able to reach 1 ton in weight or 1000 kg.
  • Rhinoceroses are solitary animals.
  • Several species of rhinoceros are on the critically endangered list primarily because they are hunted for their horns. On the black market, by weight, rhinoceros horn is more expensive than gold. The horns are ground up and consumed by humans for supposed therapeutic purposes. The horns are made up of the same type of protein as fingernails and hair.
  • Rhinoceroses have small brains.
  • There are 5 main species of rhinoceros: White, black, Indian, Javan and Sumatran.
  • The Javan rhinoceros is one of the most endangered large mammals in the world. It’s estimated only 60 remain in the wild in Java.
  • Rhinoceroses are herbivores.
  • Rhinoceroses can have one or two horns, depending on species.
  • Worldwide poaching is a serious issue driven by the demand for rhinoceros horn. One remedy has been to tranquilize rhinos then remove their horns.
  • It’s estimated there are only 29,000 rhinos left in the wild.

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