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Rhinoceros

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White Rhinoceros mother and baby

The rhinoceros is a large mammal. There are five species: two in Africa and three in south Asia. The rhinoceros is famous for the horn or horns growing above the nose and a thick armor-like hide. Rhinoceroses are vegetarians. Both African species and the Sumatran rhinoceros have two horns, while the Indian and Javan rhinoceros have a single horn.

They are all considered extremely endangered. The "rhino" is hunted for its horn(s) which are considered by some to have medicinal value. The horn is composed of keratin, the same ingredient in hair and fingernails.


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