10 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhinos

Here are 10 interesting fun facts you most probably didn’t know about Rhinos.

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ML SMR 70s Rhino Wallow

1) A Rhino’s horn’s structure resembles a horse’s hooves. The outside is composed of soft keratin, similar to our very own hair and fingernails, while at its centre there are dense deposits of melanin and calcium. If the horn breaks off, a rhino can grow a new one.

2) In ancient times, the rhino horn was believed to hold magical properties, such as the ability to purify water or to be used to detect poisons in drinks. Surprisingly, the latter quality may be true! Because of the horn’s composition, today some believe that strongly alkaline poisons may have produced a chemical reaction inside a cup made from the horn.

3) An adult rhino’s skin can be as much as 5 cm thick, with typical range of thickness across being 1-5 cm!

4) Despite their large size, Rhinos are quick! Some have been clocked at going as fast as 45 km/h! In comparison, a human at full speed on a 100 metre sprint reaches around 37 km/h. And all this done with Rhinos only running on their toes.

5) White Rhinos can eat plants that are toxic to other animals, it’s safe to say that without Rhinos the plains of Africa would be scattered with weeds.

6) Rhinos are more closely related to horses and zebras than hippos, Rhinos are Odd-Toed Ungulates.

7) Black Rhinos have a prehensile upper lip (similar to a set of human fingers), this helps them to get even the smallest piece of vegetation from a thorn bush.

8) Rhinos make their own sun block by wallowing in mud for up to 3 hours and letting it dry, this also helps with keeping some blood sucking insects away.

9) Black Rhinos can live up to 5 days without water during drought.

10) The collective name for a group of Rhinos is a “Crash of Rhinos”.

Mkhaya rhino Photography

 

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