The Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros – Facts You Need to Know

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You are never old to learn about anything. Sometimes when you have to accompany your kid on his/her school project on wildlife species, it’s also an interesting learning curve for you. Does your child need to create a project on rhinoceros? If yes, then you can select the greater one-horned rhinoceros, which is one of the popular categories of rhino in the world today.

To start with here are some of the primary and interesting greater one-horned rhinoceros facts that you can use.

  • This rhino species is also called the Indian rhinoceros. You will find it mostly located in Indian forests and even in Nepal. The rhino’s single horn makes it a class apart from any other African two horn counterparts.

  • This species is known for its body folds that look similar to a protective layer or armor at best. Their skin color is brownish-gray. The bumps are raised above like warts on the legs, shoulders, and neck. To know more, you can log on to and know more.

  • Most people will be surprised to know that rhinos are herbivore, which also includes this rhino species as well.

  • Some of the bigger one-horned rhinoceros are said to have weak eyesight! But this is compensated with their excellent capacity to hear and sense smell. So when it’s dark, they entirely rely on their sense of smell to search for rhinos for mating or to navigate a dense wood.

  • India is known for its scorching summer heat. Hence, to be able to beat the heat, these species eat their food when the temperature is more relaxed. Also, they stay immersed in the rivers located close by. Additionally, they also make use of the mud holes when the heat at its peak.

  • The bigger one-horned rhino can weigh up to 2200 kg. These rhinos are large creatures and need their territorial space to roam around and feed.

  • Also, they know how to swim. While swimming in river bodies, these rhinos also consume aquatic plants that they come across.

  • When the female rhinos are between the age of four and six, they are all set to mate. Usually, the male rhinos are suitable for mating when they are around nine years. After mating, the female one-horned rhino gives birth to a baby rhino after fifteen to sixteen months.

  • When it comes to rearing the young rhinos, the male rhinoceros are not very active.

  • Like its other counterparts, even the greater one-horned rhinos are solitary creatures. The female one-horned rhinos are not as isolated as their male species.

  • They usually reside in the loosely-outlined regions. And these regions are marked with feces, urine, and many other glandular secretions.

  • One of the unique facts is that these rhinos can meet at the watering holes and not fight at all.

To sum it up, the greater one-horned rhinos are peaceful creatures. They love to live solitarily and are also defenders of the jungle. You can use these facts and help your child to create a unique project on rhinos.


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