About Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros or rhino species are among the largest land mammals to exist weighing in at least a tonne. There are five extant species, three of which are found in Southern Asia and two in Africa. Rhinos are often classified by their huge mass, leathery armour and keratin horn.

All rhino species are herbivorous; they generally graze on grass or eat leafy bushes and lack front teeth. The Indian and the Javan rhinoceros both only have one horn while the Black, White and Sumatran rhinoceros sport two large horns.

Rhino’s are critically endangered. The white rhino has two subspecies; the Northern and the Southern white rhinoceros. While the Southern white rhino has a wild population over 20,000 the Northern subspecies is almost completely extinct, with only three animals left in captivity.

Rhino’s are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and poaching. In Vietnam the illegal rhinoceros horn trade circulates millions of dollars each year. People use the horn for medicinal purposes even though there is no scientific proof of its benefits. To get the horn from a rhino, the animal must be killed first, leading to the huge decline in the wild population of all species.

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Bizarre Horns of the Animal Kingdom
Don't mess with the giant eland of Africa, whose curved horns can reach up to four feet long.
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Floods in India Drown Rare One-Horned Rhinos
As monsoon floods course through Assam, India, rescue response teams try to nurse surviving animals back to health.
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Rare Rhino Dies Days After Her Rediscovery
Endangered Sumatran rhino Najaq succumbed to an infection just days after being caught in Indonesia.
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Rhino Head Thieves Found Guilty in Court
In this week’s crime blotter, getting to the bottom of a botched British museum heist.
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Petition Seeks Ban on Trade in Fake Rhino Horn
Exclusive: NGOs express concerns that cultured rhino horn undercuts existing law and imperils wild rhinos.
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Mutilated Rhino Gets A Second Chance At Life With An Elephant Skin Graft
With demand for rhino horns growing, conservationists are battling to save the endangered species from extinction
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On The Verge Of Extinction: Only 4 Northern White Rhinos Left In Captivity
31-year old northern white rhino has died in the Czech Republic

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