The rhinoceros has been around for 60 million years. The name means ‘nose horn’ and is often shortened to rhino. There used to be 30 different species of rhino, but now there are just five species left and all of them are endangered.
In the peace park, Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, there are now no rhinos left in the areas that fall within Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. An average of two rhinos are killed every day by poachers for the sake of their horns.
A rhino calf weighs 60 kilos when it is born,
and the white rhino, the second-largest land
mammal, can grow to a height of 1.8 m and
weigh 2,500 kilos!
Rhinos have a reputation for being dangerous and grumpy. This is mostly because their eyesight isn’t very good, so they cannot see any further than about 15 metres, making them vulnerable and liable to feel threatened.
Products said to contain rhino horn.