World Rhinoceros Day: 7 Lesser-Known Facts Revealed

September 22,2023

By Sonakshi Kandhari

Rhinoceros is one of the world's oldest and most endangered mammals. On this World Rhinoceros Day, let's delve deeper and get acquainted with this prehistoric giant.

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The Java Rhino was the Most Common of the Lot

The Java Rhino was common not just in Indonesia but even in China. It’s saddening to  know that now their numbers have dwindled to a mere 58–68 in Java, an island in Indonesia.

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The Sumatran Rhino is the Smallest

Standing at a height of 4 feet and spreading across 11 feet, other animals look meek in front of this one, but it is the smallest of the rhinos. Currently, only 80 of them exist  in Sumatra, Borneo.

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Rhinos Reign the Wild With No Predators 

Rhinoceroses have no natural predators because of their size and strong defence. Calves may be preyed upon by big cats or crocodiles, which explains why they stay close to their mothers.

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Frolicking in the Mud Is Their Favourite Pass time  

A rhinoceros enjoys two mud baths a day, which can even extend to 3 hours.The mud left on their bodies works as sun protection and keeps their skin moisturised.

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A Rhino Calf may Never Meet its Father

Following mating, a rhino couple part ways, and the calf spends some time in the company of its mother. Eventually, the calf begins to spend time with other calves or females, but not its father.

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A Rhino's Horn is Made of Keratin

The white rhino possesses the longest horn amongst the others. A rhinoceros's horn is made of keratin, the same thing that makes up human hair and fingernails.

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Enjoy a Special Camaraderie With Birds 

While a rhinoceros does enjoy its solitude, it is not uncommon to find birds perched on them, particularly in Africa. The birds feed off the insects sitting on their bodies while alerting them to a potential threat.

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