In captivity, rhinos may live for up to 40 years, but biologists estimate they live about
30 to 35 years in the wild. For the most part, rhinos are solitary animals, however,
white rhinos are known to form groups of as many as 18 animals. Some people might
be surprised when they see a rhinoceros because it might be any color from gray to
red. The coloring comes from the mud rhinos wallow in each day. Mud baths are
essential for the good health of all rhinos because they provide relief from biting
insects, keep their skin in good condition and help keep them cool.
The future of these giants is guarded as their habitat continues to be lost to
agriculture and development, and a market for medicines made of rhino horn
encourages poaching, or illegal killing.
For centuries, people have believed that powdered rhino horn could cure everything
from fevers and nose bleeds to measles, diphtheria, and food poisoning. Many also
believe powdered rhino horn helps retain the vigor of youth and contributes to sexual
stamina. Some wildlife agencies in Africa have tried programs to saw off the horns of
rhinos in an attempt to eliminate the poachers' incentive to kill them. Unfortunately,
since 1983, at least 94 de-horned rhinos have been killed by poachers.
Rhinos are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an agreement among more than 120 nations to
eliminate illegal trade in animals and plants and their parts and associated products.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the federal agency responsible for the U.S.
government's compliance with the CITES treaty. In addition, the five rhinoceros
species are listed as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act,
prohibiting rhino parts and products from being imported into the U.S. except under
certain conditions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also supports international rhino
conservation efforts through funding and technical assistance that includes resource
management, research, and educational programs.
All profits from the sale of
these prints will be donated to
Pt. Defiance Zoo and
Aquarium.  
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Zaire Grazer, White Rhino
2007
Endangered Species / Animals at Risk Series.
Original: 9"x11", Pastel
& Colored Pencil on Crumpled Paper.
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