Rhinoceros By: Isaiah Tuttle

Classification

The rhinoceros is in the class of mammals which means that it is a vertebrate, gives birth to live young, and is warm blooded.

Scientific name: Rhinocerotidae

Higher classification: Odd-toed Ungulate

Diet

The rhinoceros is a herbivore which means it eats only plants. The rhinoceros eats twigs, bark, roots, bulbs, trees,leaves, bushes, fruits, and grass.It eats up to 190-200 types of different plants.

A calf and her mother
Babies

The babies are born live. When first born the babies are called calves. After three years the calf can start living by itself. Calves can weigh 88 to 140 pounds. Calves are born one at a time.

Endangered rhinoceroses

The Javan and Sumatran rhinos are some of the most endangered animals on the planet.The Sumatran and Javan rhinos main threat is habitat loss and illegal killing. Rhinos are mostly killed for their horns to use in Chinese medicine and as a signal of success and wealth.

Habitats

Rhinos live in the floodplains and grasslands of Africa, Asia,southern Nepal, small areas in Malaysia, and Indonesian swamps and rain forests. Rhinos live from very dense forests to savannas in subtropical and tropical regions. The black and white rhinos are mostly found in the eastern and southern countries. The Sumatran rhino lives mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Interesting facts

* There are 5 types of rhinos

* The white rhino is the biggest rhino

* All rhinos have short necks, large heads, and broad chests

Now that we know all about rhinos we can help save their species by not buying any rhino products and by helping protect rhino habitats.

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