Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Rhinocerotidae
  Scientific Name : Rhinocerotidae

                      Size : 1.3 - 2.2m (51 - 86in)
                Weight : 800 - 3,500kg
                                  (1,765 - 7,716lbs)
           Top Speed : 48km/h (30mph)
            Life Span : 30 - 50 years

                Colour : Brown, Grey, Black
           Skin Type : Leather
Special Features : Hard, thick skin 
                               and two large horns
  1. The Rhinoceros is a large mammal found in Africa and Asia.
  2. They are the second biggest mammals in the world after the African Elephant.
  3. There are five species- The White Rhino, The Black Rhino, The Indian Rhino, The Sumatran Rhino and The Javan Rhino.
  4. Three of the five species are critically endangered species.
  5. The white and Black rhinos are natives of Africa whereas the other rhinos are natives of Asia.
  6. The white rhino is the largest species of Rhinos; The Asian rhinos are much smaller in size.
  7. Distinctively, they have hard thick skin (about 1.5cm thick) and one or two large horns, depending on the species.
  8. Except for the Indian and Javan Rhinos (which have a single horn), all the species have two horns.
  9. They are prized for their horns which are made of keratin.
  10. On an average they weigh about 1.5 tons and may be 1.3m to 2.2m long.
  11. The rhinos generally inhabit thick forests and savannas where there is plenty of food and cover.
  12. They are herbivores feeding on grass, fruits, berries, shoots, buds and leaves.
  13. They have no natural predators apart from human poachers.
  14. Their average lifespan is between 35-50 years.
  15. Though they have poor sight, they have an excellent sense of hearing and smell.
  16. They are known to get aggressive and charge towards their predators to scare them off.
  17. Interestingly, the rhinos have a small brain compared to their huge body.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *