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Indian Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros unicornis


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.[6] 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.[4] The Indian rhinoceros has thick, silver-brown skin, which becomes pinkish near the large skin folds that cover its body. Its upper legs and shoulders are covered in wart-like bumps. It has very little body hair, aside from eyelashes, ear-fringes and tail-brush. Males develop thick neck-folds.[4


One-horned rhinos once ranged across the entire northern part of the Indian subcontinent, along the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra River basins.


Photographed in Kaziranga National Park ( Assam)

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53 Comments (1–25)

KarenL 10 years ago

Anjali congrats, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

Hi Anjali, the Rhino mission is going global today. It would be an honor if you could join and add your very special spot!

AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

CarolSnowMilne, Thank you !

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Wonderful. Congratulations! Just beautiful series and love the bird on the rhino of course. So adorable!

AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

Thanks,Atul !

Atul 11 years ago

congrats Anjali!

AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

AntónioGinjaGinja, Thanks again ! :)

AntónioGinjaGinja 11 years ago

AnjaliAnantharam,first place congratulations on the spott of the day:)
i was one of the first to like this spotting when you post it,so is with great plaser that i se it now as spotting of the day, after, more or less ,four months,beautiful:)

AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

Ashish,Argybee..Thank you !! @Argybee - Kaziranga where this was seen and photographed has one of best efficient and effective protection programmes in India ... helps in anti-poaching activities and in fighting against the poachers.The dedication of the forest guards is truely commendable here !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Congratulations AnjaliAnantharam. Well deserved.
That segmented armour really is special. I hope India looks after them.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Congratulations Anjali..!!
You spotting's honour made Mission Great Mammals of India very precious ..!!

AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

alicelongmartin,NoelSal,Emma, Karen, Sachin.. Thank you!!!! @ Karen I'm more than glad that you wanted it for your wonderful mission... :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Congratulations Anjali

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

congratulations Anjali!

KarenL 11 years ago

Congratulations Anjali!
I'm honored to have this as the mission photo for Symbiotic Relationships!

NoelSal 11 years ago

congratulation is agood spoting

alicelongmartin 11 years ago


AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

hayde, Thankyou !

hayde 11 years ago

Congrats! It's very well deserved :)

AnjaliAnantharam 11 years ago

This is a pleasant surprise !!.. Yasser, Gerardo Aizpuru, NuwanChathuranga, Arun, Satyen .... Thank you !!!!!!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Congratulations Anjali, a very well deserved SOTD.

Arun 11 years ago

Congratz Anjali ..

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago


Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations Anjali!
Wonderful shots!

Yasser 11 years ago

Congratulations Anjali! It's long overdue for this spotting, but it has finally been selected as Spotting of the Day! Thanks for all your wonderful contributions.

"Photographed in Kaziranga National Park, This beautiful Indian Rhinoceros with a Cattle Egret hitching a ride, is one of an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 left in the wild."


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Assam, India

Spotted on Dec 11, 2007
Submitted on Nov 11, 2011

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