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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