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  • CHASING RHINOS

CHASING RHINOS FACTS

  • Of the estimated 3000 plus Greater One-horned Rhinoceroses or the Indian Rhinoceroses , over  90% are located in Kaziranga National Park in North East India. Conservationists are afraid that should a cataclysmic event happen in that area, a majority of this slowly growing population would be lost

  • On average, One-horned Rhino can grow to 6.5 ft. tall and weigh anywhere from 4,000 – 6,000 lbs.

  • There are five rhino species: Greater One-horned Rhino, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Javan Rhino, and Sumatran Rhino.

  • The Greater One-horned Rhinoceros is distinguished from other rhino species by its single black horn and armor-plated grey-brown skin. 

  • The Greater one-horned rhino uses its very long incisor teeth, not its horn, to defend itself.  In males these teeth can grow up to 3 inches long.

  • One scientific estimate suggests that 100 species of animal go extinct every day. That’s equivalent to 4 extinct species per hour and over 30,000 extinct species per year. 

  • Rhinos can run up to roughly 26 miles (40 kph) per hour.

  • Rhinos have poor vision and cannot identify distant objects by sight, but they compensate with fine-tuned senses of hearing and smell.

  • Rhinos are a 50 million year-old family in the animal kingdom. One of the strangest rhino species was the Giant Unicorn (Elasmotherium sibiricum), which was 20-feet-long and had a 7-foot-long horn. 

  • The Ranas, who ruled Kingdom of Nepal for over 100 years, used the Chitwan Valley as a private hunting reserve. Between 1933 and 1940 they hunted 433 tigers and 53 rhinos.

Greater one-horned rhinos make use of their excellent swimming skills to dive to eat underwater vegetation.

  • Rhinos can defeat elephants in combat. We know this because the Mughal emperors of South Asia would force the two to fight for entertainment, and the rhinos often won.

  • The armor-like appearance of Greater one-horned rhinos is made up of folds of skin.

  • A “crash” is the collective noun for a group of rhinoceros. 

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