12 Interesting Facts About The Rhinoceros You Might Not Know

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6 min readApr 6, 2020
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Rhinos are one of the most iconic animals in the world, yet many people do not know a great deal about this ancient species. The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek words “rhino” (which means “nose”) and “ceros” (which means “horn”). Literally translated, therefore, rhinoceros means nose horn. There are five species and 11 subspecies of rhino; some have two horns, while others have one. Let’s know some facts about rhinoceros.

They’re massive and look prehistoric, almost as if you’re looking at a dinosaur in real-time. And sadly, their fate is bordering on that of the dino as they are one of the most threatened species on the planet.

Here are 12 interesting facts about Rhinoceros (world’s largest herbivores) you might not know-:

1. Rhino moms are very protective of their babies.

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A rhino Mom is pregnant for around 15 to 16 months and is very nurturing and caring. Like most mothers, they are also very protective of their calves.

Rhino calves stay with their mother and don’t leave home until they are about 3 years old.

2. There are 5 different species of Rhino throughout the world.

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You’ll find them in Africa, India, and Indonesia, namely, in Java and Sumatra. These are typically the White Rhinoceros, while the black ones are found in Africa. Interestingly, rhinoceros are not exactly black or white. The name White Rhinoceros was derived from the Dutch word, “wijd”, which means wide in English. It refers to the Rhinoceros’s wide mouth. The Black Rhinoceros, which isn’t exactly black in colour, was given its name to differentiate it from the White Rhinoceros.

3. All five rhino species can grow to weigh over 1000kg, with the white rhino…

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