Some fun facts about Rhinos:
Rhinos live in symbiosis with birds, in particular the oxpecker. The bird will sit on a rhino’s back and eat the bugs that crawl on the rhino’s skin and also warn the rhino whenever there’s danger.
Furthermore, rhinos make a very specific sound when they’re happy. The sound could be written as “mmwonk”. They’re making this sound with their mouth.
And finally, rhinos have terrible eyesight. Although they have great sense of smell and hear way better than humans do, they will struggle to spot something further than 30 meters away.
The word rhinoceros comes from the greek rhino (nose) and ceros (horn) which pretty much sums up their unique appearance. This is why they’re so widely known and also hunted for. The horns are used in folk medicine for their supposed healing properties, which is also why they have been hunted nearly to extinction. Sometimes their horns are sold as trophies or decorations, but mostly they are ground up and used in traditional chinese medicine. The powder is often added to food or brewed in tea.
Rhinos are herbivores, which means they only eat vegetation, and will never eat any form of meat. They are also known to eat a wide variety of different fruits, stems, twigs, grasses, and leaves.
The sumatran and javan rhinos are only found in small areas of malaysian and indonesian swamps and rainforests.
Rhinos are rather solitary animals although they sometimes form groups which are called crashes (a group of a female and her offspring). Those crashes are relatively rare to find though because female rhinos only reproduce every two to five years and the gestation period can take up to 16 months. Also, a baby rhino can weigh up to 64 kg, pretty heavy.
They spend their days and nights browsing leaves, so wrapping their prehensile upper lip around leaves and twigs when foraging. They only sleep during the hottest time of the day. During the rare times, they’re not eating or sleeping they can be found enjoying a cooling mud soak.