INTERESTING RHINO FACTS

1.The name ‘rhinoceros’ means ‘nose horn’.

2. Rhinos are related to horses and zebras.

3. There are 5 species of rhino – White, Black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan.

4. Compared to the size of their bodies, rhinos have very small brains.

5. Rhinos have poor eyesight, but they have very good hearing.

6. A rhino can weigh up to 3500kg!

7. A white rhino can stand up to 6 feet tall at the shoulder.

8. A rhino can turn very quickly and run quite fast – up to 60km/h over a short distance!

9. Black and white rhinos are found in Africa. The other three types of rhinos come from Asia.

10. A white rhinoceros is actually grey, not white. It gets its name from the Dutch word ‘wyd’ which means wide and is a reference to its wide mouth.

11. A group of rhinos called a ‘herd’ or a ‘crash’!

12. Rhinos can live for 40 to 45 years in the wild.

13. Rhinos roll in the mud to prevent sunburn.

14. Rhinos only have one natural enemy - humans!

The image of a white rhino features prominently on the South African R10 note:

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The back of a South African R10 note.