Let’s Save the Rhinos
Have you ever wondered why these giant creatures are called Rhinoceroses, and maybe thought they in relation to the Dinosaurs? Well, the name Rhinoceros comes from the Greek “Rhino” which means nose and “Ceros” which means horn. Rhinos are known for their temper and territorial behavior. They are always pictured as the animals that will run after you with their sharp horn, which it true! Why? Because they clearly mark their territory with dung placed in a very tactical way warning everyone “This is my land, don’t come closer”. If anyone ignored all the signs, then they better be a great runner or can fly!
Being one of the largest land mammals, Rhinos are 4 meters long and 2 meters height with a weight that can reach up to 5 tons, which is as heavy as a 6x6 vehicle! However, they have small legs with short tiny toes and blunt nails. One of the major characteristics of Rhinos is their famous horn. Some species will have one while others will have two placed on the upper surface of their snouts. These precious horns can grow from 60-150 centimeters long. All Rhinos are grey or brown, even the white rhinoceros. These giant animals are almost hairless, except for the tail tip and ear fringes; however, thousands of years ago their ancestors were covered in dense fur, imagine the impact of climate change!
Furthermore, Rhinos have poor eyesight but a very sharp sense of hearing and smell that will catch the scent or sound of any predator or intruder in their territory. Not to forget their great ability in using infrasonic frequencies to communicate with each other, this adaptation is to stay connected with the herd and it is a great help in breeding seasons.
A close look to our Rhinoceros family in Al Ain Safari, who calmly rolling on their warm mud bath, will leave a huge smile on your children’s faces. Seize the opportunity and take as many selfies, since you are real close to nature.
As part of our mission in conservation, we run a very sophisticated breeding program to help in raising the number of rhino populations around the world, as it is highly affected by poaching and illegal trafficking of rhino horns, which until today remain the major threats to Rhinos. The horn is sold for a great amount of money, even higher than gold, which eventually increased the illegal traders to hunt Rhinos down. They claim that these horns are used in traditional Asian medicine, while actually there is no scientific evidence. Unfortunately, the world is losing hundreds of Rhinos every year. The international trade in rhino horn was banned in 1977 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in hope to reduce poaching and conserve the remaining population.
Do you want to know more about Rhinos, or maybe take a closer look at them while roaming peacefully? Make sure to visit us as soon as we open again!
Until then, stay safe.