Vaalnest Celebrates World Rhino Day, How environmental conscious are you?

Posted by Collen on Tue September 22, 2015 in Responsible Tourism & Environmental News.

Today marks another World Rhino Day celebration which and honours all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.

Today we look at World Rhino Day and how that has gained popularity not just in South Africa but around the world. World Rhino Day was first announced by the body of WWF-South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encircling both African and Asian rhino species. According to research it’s thanks to the efforts of two determined women, Lisa J Campbell of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe and Rhishja who is a blogger. Lisa was already planning this momentous day and with some effective searches online for ideas and potential collaborators, Lisa found Rhishja’s blog. Lisa Jane sent Rhishja an email, and the two found they shared a common goal of making World Rhino Day a day of celebration for all five species of rhino. In the months that followed, they worked together to make World Rhino Day 2011 an international success, both online and in the real world through human interaction. World Rhino Day has since grown to become a global phenomenon, uniting NGOs, zoos, cause-related organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the globe.

Vaalnest shares some few facts about Rhinos that you should know:

  • Type: Mammal
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Size: Head and body, 11 to 13.75 ft (3.4 to 4.2 m); tail, 20 to 27.5 in (50 to 70 cm)
  • Weight: 3,168 to 7,920 lbs (1,440 to 3,600 kg)
  • Protection Status: Endangered

Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray in colour which raises the question how are they different?. They are different in lip shape. The black rhino has a pointed upper lip, while its white relative has a squared lip. The difference in lip shape is related to the animals' diets because Black rhinos are browsers that get most of their nutrition from eating trees and bushes. They use their lips to pluck leaves and fruit from the branches. Whereas White rhinos graze on grasses, walking with their enormous heads and squared lips lowered to the ground.

Habitat: White rhinos live on Africa's grassy plains which is famous for other animals such African Elephants, Antelopes and even Cheetahs. White Rhinos are known to sometimes gather in groups of as many as a 6 -12 individuals. Females reproduce only every two and a half to five years.

 

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Rhinos are also wallowers, which means they suitable water holes and tend to roll in its mud. This coats their skin with an organic bug like repellent that acts as a sunblock if will. Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell, making them very conscious of their environment especially predators. They also use these senses to find one another by following the trail of every scent each enormous animal leaves behind it on the landscape.

 

 

Read more on Rhino Facts on National Geographic website...www.natgeo.org and visit www.worldrhinoday.org

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