We will be celebrating Save the Rhino Day one day early at the Honolulu Zoo to bring awareness to the fifth largest land mammal. Join us Sunday April 30th from 9 am to 12 pm at our conservation station by the rhino exhibit to learn all about our two favorite rhino’s – Corky and Satsuki!
HERE ARE TEN RHINO FACTS TO GET YOUR BRAIN GOING BEFORE SAVE THE RHINO DAY!
1. There are five species of rhino. They are the black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros, Indian rhinoceros, Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Rhinoceros. Here at the Honolulu Zoo we have two black rhinos named Corky and Satsuki!
2. Despite their name, white and black Rhinoceros are actually gray.
3. The black rhinos you will find at the Honolulu Zoo are both eastern black rhinos which were historical distribution from South Sudan, Ethiopia, down through Kenya into north-central Tanzania. Today, its range is limited primarily to Tanzania.
4. The white rhino is the largest rhino species and can weigh over 7700 lbs and is the largest land mammal after the elephant.
5. Rhinos have poor eyesight, but very well-developed senses of smell and hearing. They have even been known to charge butterflies!
6. Three of the five rhinoceros species are listed as being critically endangered including the black rhino.
7. There are eight subspecies of black rhino but three of them are already extinct. On November 10th, 2011 the IUCN declared the western black rhinoceros extinct.
8. There are various threats posed to the black rhinoceros including habitat changes, illegal poaching, and competing species.
9. Rhino horn is one of the most expensive substances on earth selling for nearly US$30,000 per pound, even though it has never been proven to have any scientific medical use.
10. Rhinoceros horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that fingernails and hair are made of.