The Rhino By: DirckCommandeur
Description • The rhinoceros is about 60 inches at the shoulder. • Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray. • They are different in lip shape. • The black rhino has a pointed upper lip, while the white rhino has a squared lip. • The difference in lip shape is related to the animals' diets. • It has gray, bulky skin • White rhinos graze on grasses, walking with their enormous heads and squared lips lowered to the ground
Habitat New and Old • Under the hot African sun, white rhinos they take cover by lying in the shade. • White rhinos now live on Africa's grassy plains, where they sometimes gather in groups of as many as a dozen individuals. • Rhinos are also wallowers. They find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin with a natural bug repellent and sun block.
Habitat New and Old [Con’t] • The white rhino used to live in much of sub-Saharan Africa • The White Rhinoceros original range (orange: Northern, green: Southern).
Diet • The White Rhino eat grass • And Its cousin, The Black Rhino, eats Twigs and leaves
Fast Facts The rhino is prized for its horn. Not a true horn, it is made of thickly matted hair that grows from the skull without skeletal support. The major demand for horn is in Asia, where it is used in traditional medicine and ornamental carvings. Type: Mammal Diet: Herbivore Size: Head and body, 11 to 13.75 ft (3.4 to 4.2 m); Tail, 20 to 27.5 in (50 to 70 cm) Weight: 3,168 to 7,920 lbs (1,440 to 3,600 kg) Protection status: Endangered Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
The Future of the species • I believe that Rhinos will come back!!!!!!!!! • There are many programs to save Rhinos including role for artificial insemination using frozen sperm • There is also a Dehorning program
Why are they endangered? • The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their downfall. Their horns are for medicinal use in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The horn is also valued in North Africa and the Middle East as a decorative dagger handle.
What is being done • Some of the conservation measures that have been attempted by some range countries are increased patrols by rangers, a shoot on sight policy for poaching, a dehorning program for rhinos, and the moving of rhinos to safer areas. • Economic sanctions, or the threat of such, against countries that continue to consume rhino horn have had the greatest impact in their regulatory policies. Many of these countries have increased jail time and amounts of fines for those involved in the illegal trade in rhino horn.
Sources • http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/white-rhinoceros.html • http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/Animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/perissodactyla/white-rhinoceros.htm
Sources [con’t] • http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/engrhino.html?zenden=2&subsoort_id=1&bestemming_id=1