Rhinoceros are herbivores. The word “Rhinoceros” comes
from two Greek words that mean “horned nose”.
There are five species of rhino, three live in tropical
Asia and two are native to Africa. There are three kinds
of rhinos living in Asia, the Indian, Javan and Sumatran.
While the White and black rhinos live in Africa.
Of the five species three of the species are critically
endangered and the other two are still on the endangered
list just at a lower level. The Black Rhino, Javan Rhino,
and the Sumatran Rhino are all critically endangered.
The White Rhinoceros and the Indian rhinoceros are both
endangered. Unfortunately in addition to habitat destruction,
some Rhinos have been killed by poachers for their horns.
All five species of Rhinoceros have at least one horn.
Both African Rhinos have two horns, the biggest one
in the front followed by a smaller horn.
All of the Rhinos are massive bodies, short limbs small
eyes and horns on their nose. Rhinos have a keen sense
of smell, but do not see well. Rhinos have thick bodies,
short legs and and thick skin, that acts as an armor.
The Rhino uses their thick skin and big horn to protect
themselves from predators. The Rhinoceros horn is made
of keratin the same material that fingernails and toenails
are made of.
Rhino are big and can be aggressive, when faced with
a predator the Rhino will charge. Competing Rhinos may
also charge each other before sparring with their horns.
A Rhino’s horn can be a formidable opponent for a competitor.
Without their horns Rhinos would be unable to defend
Young rhinos calves eat grass and drink their mother’s
milk for the first year. Young rhinos begin eating vegetation
after just a few weeks. The rhino calves stay with their
mother for the first 2-3 years.
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