Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for...



Rhinoceros 



Fact: This animal is commonly known. The reason I wanted to use it for R is because this majestic animal is on the critically endangered list. Hunted for its horns, the rhinoceros is actively being protected from poachers.

Some other fun facts: 

The Rhinoceros actually makes its own sun screen by rolling itself in the mud and letting it dry. This also offers some protection against blood sucking insects.

Black rhinos are more aggressive than white rhinos and will charge due to their poor eyesight. 

Rhinos communicate using an intricate system of breathing exhalations combined with a series of grunts and squawks.

Black rhinos prehensile upper lip can not only pick leaves from branches, but can open gates and car doors. 

Hopefully one day we can see this animal thriving once more. 

Thanks everyone see you tomorrow.


30 comments:

  1. So if you see one reaching for your car door, you should be really concerned...

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    1. Yep they may try and go for burgers.

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  2. I live in San Diego area very near an extension of San Diego Zoo: Safari Wild Animal Park. Its focus was/still is on breeding endangered species. The rhinoceros is the emblem of the park.

    Good post.

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    1. That is awesome. I am glad there is work on saving these animals.

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  3. I really like these little facts you give us. Great info!
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  4. Nice to see the rhino being featured. I wear a bracelet to support the Rhino which came from South Africa. We need to worry about elephants as well, both being killed for their horns/tusks.

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    1. Yes it is sad what people are doing for a little profit.

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  5. Really cool facts! Mud sun screen...huh....

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  6. Awesome post with important facts we should all be aware of. The Animal Planet documentaries on endangered species are also great sources of information and public awareness. The rhino is majestic.....really??...open car doors...now that is a majestic magic lip.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. I find them majestic, but I may be funny in that way.

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  7. I love your cartoon and the way you incorporate them into a serious topic. I have to direct the senior project for 62 kids, and my district has reduced it to a 1950s style research paper. For three years before this reductivism, I taught multigenre research, and your blogging style speaks to that mode of writing and research. BTW, didn't "Sixty Minutes" have a segment on rhinos recently?

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    1. Thank you. They may have it is a topic that people should be aware of.

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  8. Weren't rhinos the basis for the unicorn myth? Either way, great info and sorry I haven't been stopping by as much as I should....time's been pretty tight for me, but hoping you're enjoying A to Z'ing :)

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    1. I do believe so. The are more closely related to horses than say hippos.

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  9. Oh my goodness! Car doors? Nooooooo

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    1. Yep, two Rhinos in a Volvo coming soon, lol.

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  10. I didn't realize that they were endangered. :(

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  11. I wouldn't want to get close to those things. Poachers must be braver than I am...

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    1. Well they are so brave with high powered rifles from far away.

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  12. I never knew black rhinos were so tricky!

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  13. Wasn't aware how talented they were.

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