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Rhinos

Hi my name is Chloe, I am a baby black rhino living in the magical African bush. I am here to explain all about rhinos in Africa, why they are in danger of going extinct and what you can do to help. Plus there are some fun activities that you can partake in.

Hi my name is Chloe, I am a baby black rhino living in the magical African bush. I am here to explain all about rhinos in Africa, why they are in danger of going extinct and what you can do to help. Plus there are some fun activities that you can partake in.

About Rhinos

There are two main species currently living in Africa. Around 4800 Black rhinos, and 20000 white rhinos living in the African wild, 80% of these rhinos live in Southern Africa.

Both the white and black rhinos are grey in colour, and therefore they do not get our names from our colour.

Us rhinos have poor eyesight, and we rely on our sense of smell and hearing. Our ears are able to move in different directions at the same time trying to pin point what ever we are hearing. Often when humans view a rhino on foot we move closer to try and see what you are, many people mistaking this behavior for being aggressive. We are just very inquisitive.

About us Back Rhinos

Black Rhino

-The black rhino is a member of the big five.

-Black rhinos are browsers, meaning they eat leaves.

-Spotting this rhino in the wild is extremely difficult, because they live in dense bush and are easily startled.

-Black rhinos are smaller the white rhinos and weigh up to 1400kg, this is about the weight of a car.

 


About my cousins the White Rhino

White Rhino

-White rhinos are not part of the big five although many people believe they are.

-White rhinos are grazers, meaning they eat grass.

-They are bigger than black rhinos, and can grow to over 2000kg.

-White rhinos are fairly social and can be founded in groups called a crash, but sometimes the males live alone.

 

How can you tell us Apart?

Our mouths – Black rhinos have a triangle shaped lip, and white rhinos have a square shape mouth.

Our size – White rhinos are bigger than us black rhinos.

What we eat – I love eating leaves, where as white rhinos like grass.

Our heads – White rhinos usually have their heads look towards the ground. Black rhinos hold our heads up high, looking for yummy leaves.

Our Backs - A white rhinos back make a "w" shape, and a black rhinos back makes a "u" shape when you looking at their side profiles.

Here are some things you did not know about us awesome rhinos.

-Black rhinos teeth form a 45-degree angle, which helps to bite through branches. If you look at our dung you will find branches bitten of at this angle.

-Some people call white rhinos the African lawn mower, because they eat up to 20 kg of grass in a day.

-When some nasty predator is chasing me, my mom will run in front of me to clear a path through the bushes so that I can run away. White rhino moms will run behind their calves to keep the predator away.

- Rhinos love mud baths. It cools us down and when the mud dries we scratch on trees to scratch off those nasty ticks.

- Rhinos are odd toed ungulates, this means they are related to horses and tapirs.

Why are we in a lot of danger?

Lions sometimes kill rhino calves. But our biggest threat is humans!

For some silly reason, some humans believe that our horns can be used for medicine. Well, this is not true at all. Our horns are made from keratin. Keratin is what your hair and nails are made from, so if your hair is not medicine, then neither is our horns.

Currently 2 rhinos everyday are being poached for their beautiful horns.

Our horns are meant to protect us from predators. We need them! So please don’t take it from us.

How can you help rhinos?

-There are many organizations, which are trying to help save us rhinos, so if you can support any off them please do. (see the side bar on the right for two great organizations)

- Ask your schools, and your parent’s work place to try and help raise money for the rhinos. The can have a raffle, a market day or any thing else that you can think of that will help to raise money.

-Tell everyone you know about the rhino poaching. The more people that know about the problem, the more people can try and help.

- Keep your eyes open at the shops. There are many products out there that give money to help save rhinos, CDs, shopping bags, even a rhino horn for your mom or dad’s car.

-Come on holiday and see us rhinos, the money spent on holiday helps protect us. So ask your mom and dad to take you to a game reserve for you next holiday.

Helping to make the game reserves safer will not only help rhinos, but all animals that live in it.

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