World Rhino Day is marked every year on 22 September to create awareness about the different kinds of rhino species as well as the dangers they face. DID YOU KNOW…
- There are five species in the world: White and Black (found in Africa), Indian, Javan, and Sumatran (found in southern Asia).
- The Black, Sumatran and Javan are listed as ‘critically endangered’ by IUCN – there are thought to be fewer than 70 Javan and 100 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, they are truly under threat of extinction.
- Sumatran rhinos are the smallest and can weigh up to 600kg/95st whereas white rhinos are the largest weighing up to 3,500kg/550st – about 3 tonnes!
- Rhino are huge and yet only eat grass/leaves.
- Rhino horn is made up of keratin (the same protein which forms the basis of our hair and nails) and can grow up to 7cm/year.
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