Greater One-horned Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros unicornis

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Also called the Indian rhinoceros, a view of this mammal's thick skin folds brings to mind a military tank with legs. This species is mostly solitary except when mothers are caring for calves and when males and females are breeding. Also males will pair up for fights, battling not with their horns, but with their teeth (incisors). During the heat of the day, loose gatherings of rhinos will wallow in rivers and mud holes to stay cool. 

These rhinos have complex vocalizations, including snorts, honks, bleats and roars. Their body language can be equally expressive, greeting each other by bobbing their heads and nuzzling and playfully jousting.
All rhinos are in danger of extinction due to poaching for their horns which are believed to have medicinal uses.


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