Rooting for Rhinos!

Rhinoceroses (Rhinos of short!) look prehistoric and carry a mystique for some. Their name is awesomely straightforward; it comes from the Greek words rhino (meaning “nose”) and ceros (meaning “horn”). There are five species: Black, Greater One-Horned, Javan, Sumatran, and White. All rhinos have horns; Indian and Javan rhinos have one horn, the rest have two! All rhino horns are made of keratin, which is the same substance our nails and hair are made from. So we have something in common!

Another similarity: While Rhinos look tough, they actually have very sensitive skin that can sunburn and are quite bothered by biting bugs. They like rolling around in mud and use it as a natural sunscreen and bug spray!

Sadly due to poaching and habitat loss, rhinos range from critically endangered to near threatened depending on the species. When we say critically endangered, we mean it. At the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia. Now, one species only has 80 rhinos left in existence. It’s pretty serious. The World Wildlife Fund has a simple, straightforward way of showcasing each species and how they are trying to help each species thrive.

Rhinos at the Madgeburg Zoo in Madgeburg, Germany.

Rhinos at the Madgeburg Zoo in Madgeburg, Germany.

ACTIVITIES

HELP A RHINO!

There are quite a few organizations out there trying to help save the rhinos, most notably, the World Wildlife Fund, which has a symbolic “Adopt a Rhino” opportunity. Learn more about rhinos, the organizations helping them, and how they are being helped. Then support the cause that you love the most!

MAKE RHINO ART!

Show your support for rhinos by creating some! If you have some jars and cups to ready for recycling, try making this 3D rhino model. Or if you prefer a 2D paper-and-glue job, you can make this paper plate beaut. Add a challenge and try to make all five species!

EAT LIKE A RHINO!

Rhinos are herbivores which means they only eat vegetation, namely grass, leaves, twigs and fruit from bushes and trees. So, celebrate that by serving up some lettuce leaves, pretzel “twigs”, fruit, and have a fun feast! We also love a good rhino-shaped cookie (created by Save The Rhino International)!


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