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The names white and black rhinos

The interesting thing about both the white rhino and the black rhino is that the colour of their skin has nothing to do with their names, they are both gray in colour.

                                                                                           Photograph taken from jeanvdmeulen.co.za.

The biggest difference between the two species is their upper lip and their position of their neck. Black rhinos have a hooked lip while the white rhino has a more squarer lip. Secondly the posture and position of the black rhinos neck is in a different position because he eats off leaves and bushes with the hooked lip helping them even more so. Apart from that white rhinos white rhinos have a longer skull and a less defined forehead.

More about white rhinos

White rhinos live primarily in South Africa with some rhinos living in Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  According to Save the Rhino, the white rhino has recovered from near extinction with figures as low as 50 – 100 left in the wild in the early 1900’s, and has increased to between 17212 and 18915 with the vast majority living in South Africa.

White rhinos are also larger than the black counterparts, making them the second-largest land mammal, after the elephant. Adult males can weigh 8,000 pounds and reach 6 feet tall. With a weight of 1,800 – 2,700 kg  and a height of 1.5 – 1.8 m tall at shoulder  weight. The name white rhinoceros is taken from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: “wyd”, meaning “wide”. Which was then interpreted as “white” for “wyd”. Even though the population of the white rhinos has increased substantially, the white rhino is still heavily poached for two main reasons, 1) there are a greater number of them over the black rhino counterparts and secondly graze in the open grasslands, where as the black rhinos are more solitary and are found in bush areas.

More about black rhinos

The population of the black rhinos are found in four African counties, primarily South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.  According to save the rhino, large scale poaching saw black rhino decrease from 70000 individuals in 1970 to just 2410 in 1995. These numbers thanks to persist efforts of conservation programmes across Africa, have risen from 5,366 to 5,627 individuals. Its obviously a constant battle between poachers and anti-poachers.

We hope for a better future for rhinos, even though the poaching still continues strong anti-poaching initiatives have had a substantial impact on decreasing these numbers. The rhinos to us represents just the peak of the ice berg, there is so many other creatures under severely critically endangered and close to extinct populations. If we cant save the rhinos, then the question still remains will we be able to save other animals.

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