The Wilderness Foundation is supporting world rhino day today and has also released the latest rhino poaching statistics.
10 rhino facts:
- There are five species of rhino, which are indigenous to Africa and Asia.
- Rhinos have been around for more than 50 million years.
- Rhino is short for rhinoceros, which means “nose horn.”
- Three of the rhino species are listed as “critically endangered”
- The IUCN Red List identifies Javan and Sumatran rhinos, two species native to Asia, and the black rhino, which is native to eastern and central Africa, as “critically endangered.”
- Rhinos can grow to over 6 feet tall and more than 11 feet long.
- The Javan rhino is the world’s rarest land mammal.
- Rhinos have poor eyesight and have difficulty detecting someone only a hundred feet away.
- Rhinos have thick skin that can be very sensitive to sunburns and insect bites.
- Rhinoceros pregnancies last for 15 to 16 months and mother rhinos are very nurturing.