NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Like elephants, rhinoceroses have the two African and Asian species.
The Southern White Rhinos you can see at the Nashville Zoo are from Africa. But, they are not white.
“They are grey when they are born, the identical as a black rhino. But there was a misinterpretation of the Dutch term for ‘wide’, simply because they have people wide lips. And the English interpreted the word ‘wide’ as ‘white,’” said Jason Faessler, Nashville Zoo Hoofstock Keeper.
These wide lips are helpful for their diet regime. Unlike their counterparts, who have a prehensile higher lip utilised for pulling branches out of trees, white rhinos’ broad lips enable improve their chunk on the grass.
Like many other wild animals, their numbers have been decreasing.
“White rhinos are the ideal of the five species amount smart. There are about 17,000 still left on the world,” stated Faessler. “Unfortunately, a pair of yrs ago, their quantities were up to around 20,000. So, poaching is continue to a big difficulty in Africa, especially. And unfortunately, it is mainly because of an old wives’ tale that rhino horn has medicinal price, or is an aphrodisiac, and fever reducer. It’s just keratin.”
Keratin is the very same substance human hair and fingernails are produced of. The fantasy has been the lead to of the declining numbers and standing as an endangered species.
White rhinos are unique for the reason that the ladies are the only types that are living alongside one another socially.
“Females will are living collectively in a team known as a ‘crash’. Males will have a territory with a quantity of unique crashes on it. And the females will generally keep the male away until finally they’re ready to breed. And then they’ll go and solicit the male. So, it’s a rather lonely life style for a male white rhino.”
One particular detail rhinos love is mud.
“Mud wallow is their favourite matter to do. They’ll get in there and wallow three of four situations a day, depending on how very hot it is or how cold it is.” Faessler ongoing, “Generally, no matter what colour their mud is, that’s what color your rhino’s likely to be.”
When threatened, rhinos can appear imply, but in reality, they’re far more like large pet canine.
“I can truly get all 5 of them to lay down just by scratching on the inside of of their back again thigh. Their tail will curl up and their knee will start out to buckle and they’ll kick that leg out and eventually, they’ll lay down and roll above and want you to rub their stomach, just like a Labrador,” mentioned Faessler.
You can Nashville Zoo’s crash of rhinos on the African Savannah.
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