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WHITE RHINOS

BLACK RHINOS

 JAVAN RHINOS

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Today’s rhinos are the modern day descendants of an animal which walked our planet more than 40 million years ago.  An animal who evolved from the Asian hyracodonts during the second epoch of the paleogene period. Paraceratherium is the largest land mammal to ever walk planet earth.  The titan stood over five meters tall at the shoulder, had a body which spanned 26 feet and weighed a colossal 20 tonnes.  It is believed there was once more than 30 genera and 60 different species of rhino which inhabited Europe, Asia and Africa.  Even at the beginning of the 20 century 500,000 rhinos could be found in the wild.

Today, more than 40 million years of evolution are represented by less than 24,000 individuals split between five species.  The ancestors of our modern day rhinos have survived searing heat, ice ages and prehistoric predators including hyenas and giant crocodiles.  Now they face the most dangerous predator of modern times.  Humans.

SUMATRAN RHINOS

INDIAN RHINOS

THREATS TO RHINOS

Class:

Mammalia

Order:

Perissodactyla (an ungulate with an odd number of toes)

Family:

Rhinocerotidae

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1

Rhinos are a keystone species and have a major impact on the structure of the habitat and health of the ecosystem. Research in February 2014 by the Journal of Ecology revealed rhino inhabited areas contained 20 times more grazing lawns. The study also revealed areas where fewer rhino lived  has 60-80% less short grass cover.

2

Rhinos are ungulates (an ungulate is an animal with hoofed feet)

3

Rhinos are herbivores and categorised as either browsers or grazers

4

A group of rhinos are called a crash

5

The name rhinoceros is a combination of two Greek words.  "Rhino" which means nose and "ceros" meaning horn

6

Black rhinos eat the equivalent of just over 500 chocolates bars every day

7

Adult rhinos can produce up to 50lbs of dung each day

8

White rhinos have communal toilets called "middens".  Middens are like a huge message board for rhinos

9

The closest living relatives to rhinos are tapirs, horses and zebras

10

Most wild rhino calves never meet their father

11

A rhino named Andatu was the first Sumatran rhino ever born in captivity in Indonesia on 23rd June 2012

12

Rhinos use their horns as protection, guiding their calves and as a tool to uproot grass or dig water beds

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