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Harvey's Safari Adventure, Day 4

Today was a fantastic day for a safari! Harvey and his friends are loving seeing so many different animals and learning all about them. What animal do you think they saw today?

If you said rhinoceros, you're right! Check this guy out!

Here are some things you might not know about rhinos that Harvey and his friends learned on their safari.

  1. The name "rhinoceros" means "nose horn." Pretty appropriate, don't you think? Rhinos are known for the horns that grow out of their snouts. The black rhinos and white rhinos that live in Africa have two horns.

  2. Even though they are called black rhinos and white rhinos, they are both actually gray in color. There are also three other varieties of rhinos, but they live in Asia so Harvey won't see any of them on his safari.

  3. The rhinoceros is the second largest land animal in the world. The only animal that's bigger is the elephant. The white rhinoceros is the biggest, and can weigh up to 5,500 pounds!

  4. Rhinos don't have the best eyesight. They can't see a human standing still less than 100 feet away. Instead, they rely on their sense of smell.

  5. Rhinos love mud! They love to roll around in it and give their skin a nice, muddy coating. The mud helps keep them cool and acts like sunscreen for their skin. It also helps keep insects from biting them.

  6. What about their diet? You might be surprised to learn that, even though they are so big, they don't eat meat. They maintain their massive size just by eating plants!

  7. You also might not expect an animal that large to be very fast, but rhinos are! They can run 30-40 miles per hour!

  8. Male rhinos are called bulls, females are called cows, and babies are called calves.

  9. Rhinos are not very social animals. Males like to be by themselves and don't enjoy hanging out in groups. Females are a little more likely to be found in a group with their babies. A group of rhinos is called a crash.

  10. Because of their size, speed, and scary-looking horns, no other animals eat rhinos. They are still endangered, though. That's because many people hunt them illegally for their horns.

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