Ten Fun Facts About Rhinos

  1. There are five different types of rhinos – the black rhino, white rhino, Javan rhino, Sumatran rhino and Indian rhino. The black, Javan and Sumatran rhinos are all critically endangered. The black and white rhinos are found in Africa, while the Javan, Sumatran and India rhinos are found in southern Asia.
  2. The Javan rhinos are one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the word, and are only found in the Ujung Kuon National Park in Indonesia.
  3. Both black and white rhinos are actually grey. The name white rhino comes from the Afrikaans word “weit” (wide), in reference to the animal’s wide muzzle, and then black rhinos were named to differentiate.
  4. Rhinoceros comes the Greek words ‘rhino’ (meaning ‘nose’) and ‘ceros’ (meaning ‘horn’).
  5. Rhino’s horn is made from a protein called keratin, like human hair and nails, and continues to grow through their life.
  6. Rhinos are hunted for their horn, which is used in traditional medicine, resulting in their endangered status.
  7. A group of rhinos is called a crash.
  8. A male rhino is called a bull, and a female rhino is called a cow. Baby rhinos are called calves.
  9. The gestation period for a rhino is long – 15 to 16 months.
  10. Rhinos belong to a group of mammals called odd-toed ungulates, which also includes horses and zebra.