Today is World Rhino Day! So here are some Cool facts about Rhinos
There are five species of rhinoceros – the black rhino and the white rhino, which live in Africa, and the Sumatran, Javan and Indian rhino, which can be found in the tropical forests and swamps of Asia.
Despite being one of the largest animals in the world (the white rhino can grow to almost 6 feet tall and weigh a massive 2.7 tons!) rhinos are herbivores and like to munch on lots of grass and plants.
Rhino horn is made up of keratin, a protein that is also found in our hair and nails.
Rhinos’ eyesight isn’t great – they can't see a motionless person at a distance of 30m – they mainly rely on their strong sense of smell. Due to their huge bodies, strong horns, and thick, armour-like skin, rhinos have no natural predators.
Rhinos love rolling around in mud because it gives them a protective layer that keeps them cool, stops insects biting and gets rid of parasites.
Sadly, there are only about 29,000 rhinos left in the wild, down from 500,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. Poaching is the main threat to these beautiful animals. If you wanna help, you can actually adopt a rhino here!
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