Rhino Infographic
Rhino Infographic

More Facts About Rhinos

  • There are only 60 Javan rhinos left – they are the rarest large mammal in the world.
  • The black rhino, Javan rhino and Sumatran rhino are all critically endangered. What does critically endangered mean? There is a 50% chance of them becoming extinct in the wild in 3 generations or 10 years (whichever is longer).
  • A rhino pregnancy lasts for 15-16 months!
  • Black rhinos like to wallow and it is thought that they got their name from the dark colour they turn after a good wallow in the mud.
  • The white rhino has a long, flat upper lip so they can graze on grass.
  • The other rhino species have hooked lips which allows them to feed on trees and shrubs.
  • The greater one-horned rhino and the Javan rhino only have 1 horn. They also have folds of skin that look like armour plating (pretty cool).
  • The Sumatran rhino has hair (this makes the babies particularly cute).

What’s in a name?

White and black rhinos are actually both grey!

It is thought that the early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the Afrikaans word “weit” for “white”. Weit actually means wide, and described the white rhinos wide mouth.

What Do The Poachers Want With The Rhino Horns Anyway?

Rhino horn is ground down into a powder and drunk as tea and is used to reduce heat from the body for things like fever.

POWEs - rhino horn is no cure

How could this ever possibly work?…

Rhino horn is made of keratin (the same as your hair and nails).

Do you think chewing on your own hair or nails would make you

feel better if you were unwell?  Yuck!  No way!

Where Do Rhinos Live?

Rhino Range Map
Rhino Range Map

I know it’s hard to see where the rhino populations are on the map, but sadly this is because there are so few rhinos left and in such small pockets. There were only around 16,803 white rhinos, around 6,487 black rhinos, around 4,018 greater one-horned rhinos, fewer than 34-47 Sumatran rhinos and around 76 Javan rhinos. The Javan rhinos are only found in one park (Ujung Kulon National Park) in Java, Indonesia.

Check out The POWEs And The Disappearing Tusks - in this exciting adventure the POWEs come up with an ingenious way to disguise the elephant’s tusks and the rhino's horns, and together they set out on a dangerous journey to get rid of poachers for good.

A percentage of the profits from the sale of this book goes directly to the wildlife charities that are 
working to protect rhinos and elephants.