Rhinoceroses

Rhinoceroses, or rhinos, are mammals that are found in Africa and Asia.  They have thick leathery hides, and,depending on the species have one or two horns.  Today, there are only 5 species of rhinos.  They are the white, black, Indian, or greater one-horn, Sumatran, and Javan.  The rhino family has been around for over 60 million years, and it is one of the oldest families of the greater mammals.  In fact, the largest land mammal ever, the Indricotherium (which stood over 20′ tall at the shoulder and weighed 20 tons) was a rhino.

Black Rhino in the African Plains

Rhinos have a diet of plants, which includes grasses, shrubs, and marsh plants.Each day, a rhinoceros can eat 100 pounds of plants.

An adult rhino has no natural predators.  However, all species of rhino are endangered due to poachers.  Poachers shoot them with guns, chop their horns off, and sell them in Asia.  Rhino horn is believed to have magical powers, but it really doesn’t.  A rhino is poached every 6 hours.  At the rate we are going, all 5 rhino species will be extinct by the year 2025.  Help out rhinos and say no to their horns.  Also, refuse products with palm oil.  Palm oil sourced from Indonesia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Malaysia is driving Sumatran and Javan rhinos towards extinction.  Look at my activism section to learn more.