Mammal

Rhinoceros

Area: 
Eastern and southern Africa, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia
Habitat: 
Open grasslands and floodplains, swamps, and rain forests
Food: 
Grasses or leaves, depending on the species
Size: 
5 to 13 feet long, depending on species
Babies: 
Females give birth to a single calf, which weighs over 100 pounds!
A group of rhinos is sometimes called a “crash!"
Touting Their HornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed.

 

Rhinoceroses get their name from their most famous feature: their hornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed.. The word rhinoceros comes from the Greek rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).

 

Rhinos may look tough, but their skin is actually quite sensitive. They can sunburn and biting insects "bug" them. That's why they like to wallow in mud—it puts a layer between their skin and the sun and insects!

 

There are five types of rhinos: black, white, Sumatran, Javan, and Indian. Javan and Indian rhinos have only one horn, while Sumatran, black, and white rhinos have two. Rhinos are often hunted for their hornsGrowths on the head of an antelope, cow, sheep, or goat that are never shed., which are falsely believed in some cultures to have medicinal uses.