Rhinoceros

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Design

Rhinos are herbivores, meaning that they eat only plants. White rhinos (indigenous to Africa) are uniquely suited to graze on grass with their square-shaped lips. The other four species of rhinos prefer to eat the foliage of trees or bushes.

Features

  • The rhino is known for its immense body and stubby legs. Rhinos have either one or two horns on its heads, which are used in fighting with other rhinos and for protection against predators.
  • These are some of the most endangered animals in the world. They continue to be fiercely hunted for their horns.

Fun Facts

  • A rhino can sleep while lying down or while standing up.
  • Rhinos may have been the source for the legendary unicorn.
  • A rhino’s skin gives the appearance of bony plates, but it is really just thick and wrinkled skin.
  • The gestation period for a baby rhino (calf) is 14–18 months, depending on the species.

Created Kind Members

White rhinoceros, woolly rhinoceros (extinct)

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Perissodactyla (nonruminant mammals with odd-numbered toes)

FAMILY: Rhinocerotidae (rhinoceros)

GENUS/SPECIES: 5 different species (2 African and 3 Asian)

Size: 4–6 ft tall (1.5–1.8 m)

Weight: 750–8,000 lbs (340–3,600 kg), depending on species

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Plants

Habitat: Savannas and forests of tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia