Since I have managed to reorganize my deviations into specific folders, I now feel more comfortable uploading new pictures from my vacation last year, and there were a lot of new animals I got to see at those zoos, especially at the world famous Cincinnati Zoo. This is Manjula, an eight year old female Indian Rhino who just had her birthday not too long ago. Indian Rhinos have only one horn, and are the second largest rhino species in the world after the White Rhino from Africa. Their skin is also quite different from their African counterparts, having thick folds in her bumpy skin to act like armor. Taken at Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati Ohio, on October 16th 2012.
With thick folds in its bumpy skin, the Indian rhino looks as if it is wearing a suit of armor. Despite their tough skin, they are still susceptible to sunburn and biting insects. A good romp in the mud helps protect the skin. A megaherbivore, the Indian rhino is as big as a tank and grazes on tall grasses.
Like other rhinos, it has poor vision but excellent senses of hearing and smell. The Indian rhino sports just one horn on the tip of its nose. Unfortunately, rhinos are hunted for their horns as some cultures believe the horns have healing properties.
A group of rhinos is called a crash.
When startled, the rhino will charge at up to 30 miles per hour.
A rhino horn can be more than three feet long, though it is usually only about a foot.
Where to see them: Rhino Reserve
Height: 5 to 6 ft
Weight: 3,300 to 4,850 lbs
Lifespan: Up to 45 years
Habitat: Grassy wetlands
Diet: Grasses, bamboo shoots, and aquatic plants
Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)
What's in a Name?: The word rhinoceros comes from the Greek words, rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).
Range: Northern India and Nepal
Note: The zoo also has Black Rhinos and is the only zoo in the United States to have the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino, and they have been at the center of the captive breeding program for that species for well over a century or so.