Wolf Run Studio - Wild Animals
Bill Harrah
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RHINOCEROS (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)

#RNO-500 Notecards
Also available in Notecard Assortment Packs #AST-512 & #AST-514
#LE-RNO-500 Limited Edition Print

Actually 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.

Because 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 laborer’s job.

Unfortunately, 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.

Once 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.

Text © 1998 Terry White, Drawing © 1998 Bill Harrah.

    White Rhinoceros
    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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Information Accuracy
The information for the written description of each animal has been carefully researched by the authors and is believed to be accurate. New scientific observations, however, could make some information out-of-date. If you are a professional zoologist, and have new information that you are willing to share, please contact Dianne Harrah .