Wednesday, June 1, 2011

About Rhinos

The critically endangered African Rhinoceros has lived on the planet for over 50 million years. They live to be 45 years old in the wild, feeding on leaves, thorny bushes and fruit. The Rhinoceros can run as fast as 35 mph on their toes, and will aggressively charge because of their poor eyesight. They make their own sun block by wallowing in the mud and letting it dry. This also protects them from blood sucking insects. Their gestation period is from 15 to 16 months, and the nurtured young stay with the mother until they are 3 years old. Another interesting fact about Rhinos is that they have a prehensile upper lip which enables them to pick a small leaf off of a twig, but can also easily open gates and vehicle doors.

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