Grazing Giants
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+ Comments Grazing Giants - 2005-09-10 10:01:02
These white rhinos -- also called commonly called square-lipped rhinos -- are the third largest land animals after two species of elephant, weighing in at 4,000 - 6,000 pounds (1,800 - 2,700 kg). They have wide squared off lips that facilitates eating the short grasses that grow in the open savannahs and can eat plants that are toxic to other animals. To conclude my National Geographic report: rhino horns consist merely of compressed keratin fibers (similar to our fingernails) and can grow back within a couple years if damaged. OK, so what did I see: quite a few of these guys grazing the grass at Lake Nakuru. There are only about 11,000 white rhinos in the world, so it's quite amazing to see them roaming freely in the wild. Other than humans and the occasional lion, nothing will go after these guys 'cause they're just so big. What was interesting was that they are quite social with other rhinos (a trait typical to the white rhino only) and can be seen next to zebras, waterbucks, etc.