Interesting Facts About The Rhinoceros

There are only five different species of rhinoceros in the world, and all of them are in risk of extinction due to the illegal hunting practises of humans as well as the destruction of their natural habitats. Because of this, it may be useful to first consider the unfortunate facts that are associated with the scarcity of these creatures, who are among the most sought for in the world due to their power. These categories include:

There are about 3,610 individuals of the Black rhino and 14,500 individuals of the White rhino living in Africa. The second is the species that is found on this continent the most often and is classified as “almost threatened” by the IUCN, in contrast to the Black river, which is “critically endangered.” In actuality, only the white rhinoceros has been rescued from extinction because to recent efforts made toward repopulating its population, and the majority of white rhinos may be found in South Africa.

The Javan rhinoceros (50 individuals), the Sumatran rhinoceros (275 individuals), and the Indian rhinoceros (2600 individuals) are all found in Asia. The Javan rhinoceros and the Sumatran rhinoceros are on the edge of extinction, and they are limited to the ghettoes of two national parks. The Indian rhinoceros is by far the most numerous or, more accurately, the least unusual of the species found in Asia, and it is exclusive to India.

Rhinoceroses are very rare, but this isn’t the only thing that makes them fascinating; in fact, their other characteristics are far more advantageous:

1) Their horn is not constructed of skeletal tissue like the horns of deer, antelopes, goats, and buffaloes; rather, it is produced by glued furs, and the only protein that it contains is keratin, the same protein that creates nails and claws. 2) Their horns may grow to a length of up to two metres. In spite of this proof, certain ridiculous beliefs (all superstitions in the world are ridiculous! ), which are still a component of Chinese traditional medicine, regard this horn to be an aphrodisiac.

2) Due to the absence of true predators in their natural environment, rhinoceroses have the potential to live up to 60 years if they are not killed by poachers.

3) The Black rhinoceros has the potential to be the world’s fastest running rhinoceros, with a peak speed of up to 56 kilometres per hour (35 mph).

4) A female will always protect her cubs with great bravery and make sacrifices for them; to give an example from a documentary that was broadcast many years ago, when a cub was killed by a poacher in Africa, the mother remained near the corpse for many days, threatening to charge anybody who tried to get close and, most worrying for her, refusing to eat. In order to move this distraught mother to a safer location, the park rangers who were on duty at the National Park where the incident occurred had to administer a shot of anaesthetic. These kinds of incidents are far from unprecedented when one considers the fact that illegal hunting for the horns continues to take place even in modern times.

5) A rhinoceros’s skin is quite thick and serves as a true armour, despite the fact that it is flexible. It may range in thickness from 0.6 to 2.0 inches and be composed of anywhere from 1.5 to 5.0 centimetres of collagen.

6) The DNA of rhinoceroses consists of 82 chromosomes, with the exception of the Black rhinoceros, which has 84. The human cell has “just” 46 chromosomes, making this the largest number among all animals.

7) A rhinoceros’s brain is very tiny, weighing around 400-600 grammes, despite the fact that it may weigh up to 2700 kilogrammes (5960 pounds) and is the second biggest terrestrial mammal after the African elephant (0.88-1.32 pd.).

8) Rhinoceroses have the ability to sleep in both the prone position (lying on the ground) and the upright position (standing).

9) Although they have limited vision, their sense of smell and hearing are also very well developed.

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