Rhinos - what's not to love about them? Otherwise known as the 'curvy unicorn'. They are big and amazing herbivores, whom when left to be free, can live up to 40 years in the wild. Although being large and heavy animals, they are pretty quick on their feet and can hit speeds of 35-40 miles per hour. Now that's pretty fast! Not too long ago, Rhinos lived in large numbers of populations in the wild but now only five species remain. Here are 10 Rhino facts that will make you love them even more! (photos included)
FACT 1: The Rhinos closest relatives are Tapirs, Horses, and Zebras.
They are part of the odd-toed mammal group.
Fact 2: Rhinos are the second largest land mammal on our planet.
Coming second to the Elephant. They can weigh up to 7,700 pounds.
Fact 3: Rhinos have been around for over 50 million years.
Although they still look fairly similar to their predecessors, they are far less hairy. Fact 4: There are five different species of Rhinos today.
African Black Rhino, African White Rhino, Indian Rhino, Javan Rhino, and Sumatran Rhino.
Fact 5: All Species of Rhinos are Endangered and 3 of the 5 are Critically Endangered.
The Black Rhino, Javan Rhino, and Sumatran Rhino are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Meaning they can become extinct in the wild soon.
Fact 6: Rhinos are herbivores.
Which means they eat only plants.
Fact 7: Rhinos have poor eyesight but amazing senses.
They are like a comic book superhero. They can't see well but there other senses are heightened. They can smell and sense movement near them.
Fact 8: The Javan Rhino is the rarest mammal on the planet.
There is only 50 that remain in the wild, and they are not located in any zoos.
Fact 9: Rhinos have sensitive skin.
Although very thick skin, rhinos do get sun burn.
Fact 10: Rhinos need our help to survive.
The Rhinos need our help. We all can be heroes by partnering with charities that help rescue and preserve the Rhinos that remain in the wild. If you would like to support Rhinos please go to International Rhino Foundation
and you can also purchase some items we have on our site that help by donating to IRF and also help raise awareness. Our "Free to Roam
" shirt and "Sahara
" Blanket donates to IRF and help get the message out that Rhinos need every one of us to be Heroes!