Give yourself a rest. At least twice a year go and lie in a mud hole and do nothing but relax.
Some amazing facts and information for kids about the lives of the Rhino in Africa
Did you know?
* Rhinos have lived on earth for 50 million years
* There is a Black and a White African Rhinoceros but they are actually pretty much the same color. The black has a hooked, pointed lip while the white has a squared one.
* Rhinos can grow to over 6 feet tall and more than 11 feet in length.
* The horns are made of keratin (the same as hair and fingernails). The longest known on a black rhino was 4 feet 9 inches long (they average about 20 inches in length on the black rhino).
* The Black Rhino is smaller than the White Rhino.
Who Needs Sun or Skin Cream?
The thick armor that covers a rhino isn’t actually thick at all. Rhino skin is incredibly soft and sensitive, especially to sunburn and insect bites and irritations which mud can help to soothe.
Rhinos make their own sun block by splashing around in mud and letting it dry. The dried mud also protects them from blood sucking insects.
* Rhinos are critically endangered due to poaching. Their horns are used to make ceremonial dagger handles in the Middle East (called jambiyas) and as a traditional medicine in China, which is totally useless.
* Black rhinos are very aggressive and will charge easily due to their poor eyesight.
* Black rhinos fight each other and have the highest rate of death among mammals in fights among the same species. Fifty percent of males and 30% of females die from these fights with each other.
* Black rhinos run on their toes and can go as fast as 35 mph.
* The black rhino eats leaves, thorny bushes, fruit and leafy plants.
* The white rhino is a grazer who eats grass.
* The black rhino can live up to five days without water.
* Rhinos use a strange system of breathing exhalations in addition to grunts and squawks to communicate with one another.
* White rhinos can live up to 45 years old in the wild.
* Mother rhinos are very caring. The young stay with them until they are about 3 years old
* The rhino’s closest relatives are more likely to be horses than hippos because it is an ungulate, which means it is part of a group of large mammals, most of which use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, to hold their whole body weight while moving. The roughly means “being hoofed” or “hoofed animal”.
* It takes a black rhino 15 to 16 months to have a baby
* The black rhino’s upper lip can not only pick a small leaf from a twig but can open gates and car doors
* Rhino horns can grow back if cut or broken off.
* The Swahili name for rhinos is ‘Faru’.
1. Some very disturbing information about Poaching
$65,000 a kilo … for fingernails and stuck together hair
Rhino horns, the prize that poachers seek, are actually made up of keratin — the same substance that comprises human hair and fingernails, according to the International Rhino Foundation.
3. Don’t make me angry – Full Steam Ahead
It may not seem so until one is charging ahead at juggernautish speed, but rhinos are a fast bunch. Black rhinos can run up to 40 miles per hour.
Rhinos are known for their bad-tempesr, but many do not know that this is due to their poor eyesight . Because they are so nearsighted, many movements that appear harmless will actually frighten a rhino and make it go into a charge. However, rhinos have a very good sense of hearing and smell in order to make up for their poor eyesight.
4. One of a Kind
The rarest land mammal in the world is the Javan rhinoceros. Only 50 survive on the planet today in two locations: Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam and Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia.
5. Rhino Sleeping -Tipping?
Rhinos sleep standing up in addition to lying down, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.
6. You complete me
African rhinos have a relationship with birds called Oxpeckers. Also known as “Tickbirds” or “Askari Wa kifaru,” which means “the rhino’s guard” in Swahili, the birds eat ticks and other insects they find on the rhino. The birds also create a commotion when they sense danger, alerting the nearsighted rhinos.
7. Not your average family reunion
The International Rhino Foundation says that the closest living rhino “relatives” are horses, zebras and tapirs. Don’t know what a tapir is? It is a rare nocturnal hoofed mammal with a stout body, sturdy limbs, and a short flexible trunk, native to the forests of tropical America and Malaysia. Now you know.
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