When poachers look at rhinos, they just see their horns but rhinos are so much more than that. They are such interesting animals with their own personalities in the wild. If those who hunted them could see how amazing they are, perhaps they would think twice. There are actually 5 different species of rhinos and they are as follows:
- White Rhino
The most common type of rhino; there are currently still around 20,000 of white rhinos left in the world. They are native to South Africa, Kenya, Bowswana, Zambia and Uganda. They are also sometimes referred to as the square lipped rhino. While these animals might have poor eyesight, their amazing sense of hearing and smell makes up for it.
- Black Rhinos
They are smaller than their white counterparts and there are between 5,000 – 5,500 black rhinos still alive. They are native to South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Zimbawbe and Kenya. This particular species of rhino are very fast, with recorded speeds of 55km an hour.
- Greater One-Horned Rhino
Spending a lot of time in water, these animals are semi aquatic and tend to spend most of their time in forests and riversides. There are around 3,500 greater one-horned rhinos left and they are native to India and Nepal.
- Javan Rhino
With only around 60 of these animals left on the planet, the Javan rhino is the rarest of large mammals in the world. They have such an interesting look to them and are native to Indonesia. These are really solitary animals, preferring to spend time by themselves.
- Sumatran Rhino
There are less than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, this is very sad especially when you consider they are the longest living mammal on earth. They are native to Indonesia and Malaysia and they love to spend their time sitting in ponds in order to keep their body cool.