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Indian Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros unicornis

Description:

Large Rhinoceros with a single horn enjoying the water on a warm day. It kept blowing bubbles :) "Typically weighing between 1,600 to 3,500 kg (3,500 to 7,700 lb), it is the fourth largest land animal. The rhino's single horn is present in both males and females, but not on newborn young. The black horn, like human fingernails, is pure keratin and starts to show after about 6 years. In most adults, the horn reaches a length of about 25 cm (9.8 in), but has been recorded up to 57.2 cm (22.5 in) in length. The nasal horn is slightly back-curved with a base of about 18.5 cm (7.3 in) by 12 cm (4.7 in) that rapidly narrows until a smooth, even stem part begins about 55 mm (2.2 in) above base. In captive animals, the horn is frequently worn down to a thick knob." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

San Diego Zoo. Native to Asia and is "primarily found in parts of north-eastern India, in protected areas in the Terai of Nepal, where populations are confined to the riverine grasslands in the foothills of the Himalayas." - Wikipedia

Notes:

Aka Greater One-horned Rhinoceros and Asian One-horned Rhinoceros. It is listed as a vulnerable species.

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15 Comments

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

My pleasure Cindy!

Wow! Wonderful fact. Thank you, Dez!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 7 years ago

Rhinos are faster than they look!
They can run up to 30 – 40 miles per hour, which may not sound like much, but the world’s fastest human could only keep pace with a charging rhino for a matter of seconds before being overtaken.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

you are most welcome! i have never seen a one horned Rhino except photos, and am so pleased to have them on the mission!

Thank you Maria! Thank you Smith's Zoo for highlighting this spotting on the Project Noah Worldwide Facebook page!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

very nice series!

Congrats on your global mission! I've added my Rhino spottings :)

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Hi Cindy, Im happy to report that the Rhino mission is going global today to celebrate World Rhino Day! You are welcome to add your spot:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1284...

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Indeed, our Black and White Rhino here in South Africa are in trouble too, with one Rhino a day being poached. It might be too late for the Javan Rhino. Lets hope man kind doesn't let the other species disappear too! One message: "Rhino Horn is Not Medicine"!

Thank you for your comment, Smith'sZoo! I would love to see a Javan rhino but sadly I doubt I'll ever have the chance. Thank goodness there are zoo's and conservations to help troubled species. If only everyone would make nature a priority, the animals and their habitats would have a better chance.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

The rarest land mammal in the world is the Javan rhinoceros. Only 50 survive on the planet today in two locations: Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam and Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. Cant find any of them here on Project Noah. But this one is beautiful!

Thank you Aaron and Emma. I hope to be able to capture an image of them in the wild someday!!!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

I agree Aaaron! That was my first thought!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 8 years ago

Your lead shot is amazingly crisp and perfect!

Thank you Xiaoxuan

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 28, 2012
Submitted on Jun 29, 2012

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