Rhinoceros Facts and Information
Anatomy, Distribution, Feeding, Evolution, Reproduction and all the information about rhinoceroses.
Facts about Black , Javan , White , Indian and Sumatran Rhinoceroses
Introduction to Rhinoceroses
The Rhinoceros has a very distinct look to it so that you will never end up mistaking it for another animal. They are very large in size and they have a thick grayish coat on them. There are five species right now but three of them are at a very high risk of becoming extinct. The numbers continue to drop due to humans taking over their environment and hunting them for the horns.
A full grown adult Rhinoceros can weigh more than 1 ton so they are a force to be reckoned with. Their young are from 88 to 140 pounds at birth which is quite large compared to other animal’s offspring. The young grow very fast as that helps to increase their chances of survival.
They don’t have much trouble at all in the wild with other animals. They have been known to kill humans that are hunting them or that simply happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Rhinoceros doesn’t have very good vision so that makes it hard for them to distinguish what is out there so they tend to attack for their own protection.
These animals tend to live on their own due to the fact that they are aggressive in nature. The White Rhinoceros species seems to be more social than the others. These animals are protective of their environment and the females are especially protective of their young. After mating they carry the young for a period of time from 14 to 18 months. They take very good care of them and teach them how to find food. The young will stay with their mother for a period of time from 2 up to 4 years.
Top Facts about Rhinoceroses
The Rhinoceros is an animal that is very active early in the morning. They will go get water and food at this time. During the heat of the day they often look for shaded areas where they can remain cool. When the sun is going down they will once again begin to look for food. The fact that they can’t see well at night doesn’t interrupt their ability to seek out food sources during that time.
Even with serious conservation efforts in place it may be too late for many of the species of Rhinoceros. Only time will tell if we are able to get their numbers back up like we need to. On average a Rhinoceros can live for 60 years in the wild. However, they must have their natural habitat and plenty of food for that to happen. When those are being taken away though they find it very hard to survive.
There are some significant differences in the size and the physical characteristics of the different Rhinoceros species. When you compare them side by side you will be able to see many differences as well as how they are very similar to each other.
Even with laws in place to protect the Rhinoceros from being hunted it continues due to the desire people have for the horns from these animals. Part of the success for protecting these animals has to involve more monitoring for this and to impose long term fines and jail sentences for those involved.
It is believed that the population of Rhinoceros has been depleted by more than 90% in the last 30 years. They are considered to be among the animals most at risk of complete extinction at this point in time. The cost of conservation efforts is very expensive though and this is a huge problem. Protecting the natural habitat for these animals is difficult because humans continue to clear out areas where they have been able to feed in the past.
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