Fun Facts - White Rhino
Here I am again to help you learn something new (I hope).
This week: White Rhinos!
White rhinos are not called white due to their colour.
One of the differences between white and black rhinos is that the white rhino has a wider top lip. It is said they are called 'white' due to either a mistranslation of the Dutch word "wijd" or the Afrikaans word "weit", which both actually translate to "wide" in English referring to their wide lip.
Black rhinos tend to live on their own while white rhinos tend to be much more social and are often found in social groups called a crash.
There Are Two Different Types Of White Rhino.
Northern white rhinos are critically endangered and there haven't been any in the wild since 2007. There are only 3 left in the world at the time of writing, these 3 rhinos are all in captivity in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. There are 2 females and 1 male, the male (Sudan) is under 24 hour armed surveillance (see pic above). Unfortunately it appears that neither female can have young and efforts to mate Sudan with southern white rhino have also been unsuccessful. The only hope for their future is in stem cell research which is being researched as you read this. You can donate directly to this cause here: https://www.gofundme.com/makearhino
Southern white rhinos are much more numerous than their northern counterparts; however they are still listed as a threatened species. The southern white rhino is said to have the most complex social structure of all rhino subspecies and prefer open grass plains making them easier to spot on safari.
Rhinos Can Run Up To 30 Mph.
They are fast, they are strong and they also don't like having their personal space invaded. Not the best combination for safari goers who get too close. See below!
A Kilo Of Rhino Horn Is Worth Approx. $60,000 Dollars On The Black Market.
Yep, that's right! This is the reason poachers are risking their lives trying to kill and steal these horns.
Rhino horns are mostly sold on to be used in Chinese traditional medicine and are said to be a cure for cancer, however there is no medical proof of this. In fact rhino horn is made out of 100% keratin which is the same stuff our fingernails are made from!
If you don't believe me, maybe you'll listen to Richard Branson:
You Can Help Save Rhinos.
There are many great organisations that put loads of time, money and effort into protecting the rhino. Get involved and donate your time or money to help this worthy cause.
To name a few:
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