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Rhino

Meet the Rhino

When it comes to why this illustrious group of mammals was dubbed the Big Five—due to their status as the most dangerous animals to encounter on foot or hunting—the black rhino should be included. The hooked lip of this species distinguishes it from the wide mouth of the white rhino.

Both species have two horns from keratin growing at the front of their faces. They use it when feeding, to dig up roots or break branches, as well as a defence mechanism when fighting. The longest horns recorded on a white and black rhino respectively were in the region of a 150cm. There is a distinction between black and white rhinos when it comes to rearing calves. The calf of a white rhino cow runs in front of her while a black rhino calf runs behind the cow.

 

Rhino

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