The Five Rhino Species | Issues: Why are rhinos being killed? | How to help save rhinos
We think the rhinoceros is the most fascinating animal in the world!
- Rhinos are intelligent, and are trained by their keepers in zoos, using clickers and treats (like dogs and other animals), to become accustomed to routines and handling - and even learn to paint!
- Rhinos make a variety of sounds and vocalizations, ranging from snorts to squeaks
- All rhinos have three toes on each foot - they are "three-toed ungulates"
- Only three Sumatran Rhinos have been born in captivity
- The Javan Rhino is the most critically endangered mammal on earth - there are less than 50 individuals surviving and none in captivity
- Rhinos use dung (poop!) to communicate with other rhinos
- Rhinos wallow in mud to protect their sensitive skin from sunburn and insect bites
- The rhino's horn is made of keratin (like fingernails and hair)
- There is no scientific evidence that the rhino horn has any medicinal properties
- The world's rhino population has decreased 90% since 1970 (due to rampant killing)
Rhinos have suffered a 90% decline in population since 1970
- Javan Rhino - population is less than 50 individuals, all in one location. The Vietnamese and Indian Javan Rhino are extinct.
- Sumatran Rhino - population less than 200 individuals, and habitat is being destroyed for palm oil.
- Black Rhino - population 4,860. West African Rhino subspecies declared extinct in 2006. From 1980 until 2006, 14,000 were slaughtered by poachers.
- Indian Rhino - population approximately 3,000, a conservation success story - but these rhinos remain under constant threat, especially since they are so close to rhino horn consumer states.
- White Rhino: Northern White Rhino - only seven individuals remain. Southern White Rhino - 20,300, thanks to conservation efforts
"10 Essential Facts About Rhinos" - giant poster & free eBook
Giant 2 ft. x 3 ft. Poster: "10 Essential Facts About Rhinos"
- 10 Essential Facts About Rhinos - have your print shop print this huge poster in its full size - 2 ft. x 3 ft.! (download pdf)
- You can also ask your printer to print it in a small size or print it from your desktop on 11" x 17" paper if you prefer.
Free eBook: "10 Essential Facts About Rhinos"
An excellent introduction to rhinos - featuring gorgeous photos. Some fun facts, some sad facts.
Sources: World Wildlife Fund, International Rhino Foundation, Trade Environment Database, Rhino Resource Center
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