Wide-lipped rhino in Kruger
Rhinos in Sabi Sands – South Africa
White rhinos in Hluhluwe – South Africa
- A group of rhinos is called a crash.
- Rhinos have between 24 to 34 teeth, depending on the species.
- Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same substance that makes up our nails and hair. It has no medical properties despite being used in traditional Asian medicine.
- Rhinos have great hearing and sense of smell, but have poor eyesight. They will hardly see something further than 30m away.
- Rhino’s gestation lasts between 15 and 16 months, usually giving birth to one calf . Young rhinos will remain with their mothers until they are between 2 to 3 years old.
- Rhinos love wallowing. By covering themselves with mud and letting it dry they are protecting their skin from the sun and dealing with parasites.
- There are five different species of rhinoceros, three native to southern Asia and two native to Africa. They are the Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros, Indian Rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Rhinoceros.
- Black and white rhinos are mistakenly called this way due to language confusion between wit (en Afrikaans) and wide (in English, the latest refering to the wide mouth of the « white rhino ». To oppose « white », the narrow-lipped rhino was called the black rhino. It has nothing to do with colours, they’re both grey.
- Rhinos are the second largest land mammal on the planet after the elephant and can live as long as 40 or 50 years.
- Rhinos communicate with each other by smelling the piles of dung, or middens, they leave behind. The middens also delineate a rhino’s territory.