Rhinoceros
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae

What do rhinoceros look like?
Rhinoceros are large mammals growing to 14 feet long, standing over 4.5 feet at the shoulder, and weighing up to 3,900 pounds. they have small eyes, one or two horns on the snout, and three toes on each foot. The rhino's horn is solid throughout and is made up of keratin, millions of tightly compacted hairlike fibers.

Where in the world can you find rhinoceros?
In the wild, rhinoceros are found in Africa and Asia. The two species from Africa are the black rhino and the white rhino. The three species from Asia are the Indian rhino, the Sumatran rhino, and the Javan rhino. Asian rhinos only exist in protected areas. In fact, the Javan and Sumatran rhinos are nearly extinct.

How do rhinoceros move?
Despite its massive bulk, the rhinoceros can charge with great speed, about 30 miles per hour.

What do rhinoceros eat?
In the wild, they inhabit bush country with thick grasslands or open forests, where they browse on a wide variety of plants.

Are rhinoceros endangered animals?
Rhinoceros are a highly endangered species and face imminent extinction. The high demand for the rhino's horns, which are prized on many parts of the world, accounts for the poachers who illegally kill rhinos for their horns.

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