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slate gray, the white rhinoceros gets its name from the Dutch
word wijde, meaning wide. The description refers to
the wide mouth that enables the rhino to eat enough short grass
to maintain its 4,000-5,000 pound bulk. And if the grass is too
short to graze, the white rhino will use its front horn to dig
out roots. This horn normally grows to at least 3-1/2 feet; the
longest known white rhino horn surpassed 6-1/2 feet in length.
of these fearsome horns, other animals steer clear of white rhinos.
Ironically, these same horns threaten to lead to the demise of
the species. In China, Korea and other Asian countries, powders
made from rhino horn long have been a popular component of folk
medicine. As a result, the animal has become an irresistible target
for poachers, who can make more from a single rhino horn than
they could earn in a year from a common laborers job.
the notoriously nearsighted animal cannot distinguish a poacher
from a tree standing 30 yards away. The white rhino compensates
somewhat for its poor eyesight with a keen sense of smell and
hearing. The behemoth also can go as fast as 25 miles per hour
to escape or, more likely, attack its enemies. Nevertheless, fewer
than 7,000 white rhinos remain in the wild, mostly in south Africa.
White rhinos that escape poachers can live 40 to 60 years.
about 100 different species of rhinos roamed the earth. Today
five remain: the white and black in Africa and the Indian, Javan
and Sumatran in Asia. Unlike the Asian species, the two African
species have two horns, one behind the other.
© 1998 Terry White, Drawing © 1998 Bill Harrah.
Limited Edition Print
Issue Date: 06/2002
Edition Size: 500
Image: 6.5 x 8.25
Paper: 8.5 x 11
Mat: 11 x 14
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