RHINOS

Did you know?

  • The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn)
  • Although rhinos are solitary, herbivorous creatures, sometimes they seek companionship in the form of birds. Oxpeckers sit on a rhino’s backs and eat the bugs that crawl on their skin. When danger approaches, the bird will call out in warning
  • Rhinos have poor eyesight, but their senses of smell and hearing are well developed

Population of Rhinos in the wild

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“1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2014 alone…”

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A rhino’s natural lifespan
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The age rhino calves become independent, solitary creatures

Despite an international ban on the trade of rhino horn and related products in 1977, demand remains high, driving illegal poaching in both Africa and Asia. Traditionally – mainly in Vietnam and China – rhino horn has been utilized as an aphrodisiac or hangover cure. However, scientifically, rhino horn has been found to have no medical benefits.

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Rhinos are an important figure in their immediate environment. By forcing their way through thick scrub and bush, they open up access for use by other species. Their dung enriches soil by returning vital nutrients and organic matter to improve soil structure, as well as provide food for insects as well as animals that feed on those insects.

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