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All About Rhinoceros
  • The skin of the rhinoceros is extremely thick, nearly hairless in most species, and deeply folded in some.
  • The horns, arising from the skin, are made of keratin, a fibrous substance.
  • The legs are stout and short and end in broad feet, each with three toes.
  • Rhinoceroses are herbivorous, browsers or grazers according to the species.
  • Most live near water and like to wallow in mud; all swim well.
  • They have poor vision but good hearing and a good sense of smell.
  • Mostly solitary animals, they feed by night and in the early morning and evening; they rest in shade during the heat of the day.
  • They are often accompanied by small tickbirds (oxpeckers) that feed on parasites in their skin and, by their cries, alert them to danger.
  • Although most rhinoceroses are placid animals, mothers fiercely protect their offspring.
  • A rhinoceros is a heavy animal with a frame, like the elephant, that is graviportal.
  • There is a prominent hump over the shoulders and a thickened ridge along the neck, evidence of an enormous tendon network to hold up the huge head.
  • All extant rhinos have a horn on the end of the rostrum, the second horn, if present, is in tandem and smaller.
  • The upper lip may be pointed or squared, depending on the species.
  • The skin is thick and nearly hairless (except the Sumatran).
  • All rhinos are some shade of grey, with long, sparsely wooly reddish or brown hair on the Sumatran.
  • The wide lips of the white rhino are perfect for grazing the short grasses of the savannah.
  • Rhinos are basically solitary and rhinos seen together are usually female and calf.
  • Males reach maturity at 7 or 8 years of age but are prevented from breeding until they gain social status and claim their own territories at about age 10.
  • All rhino species are endangered.
Name: Rhinoceros
Male Name: bull
Female Name: cow
Kid/Baby Name: calf
Group Name: crash
 
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