Indian Rhinos

Indian Rhinos







Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo has two Indian rhinos now on display at Pachyderm Hill. 

Did you know?

  • Indian rhinos are also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros or great Indian rhinoceros
  • The name rhinoceros comes from the Greek words rhino (nose) and ceros (horn); unicornis means one horned; both males and females have one dark horn on the nose
  • They do not have true horns.  Horns are made from keratin, the same material our hair and fingernails are made of
  • Indian rhinos body looks like it is covered in armor but it is really a layer of skin with a lot of folds.  Their mouth looks like a combination of broad lips and hook lips and has a small prehensile lip that it uses to curl around plant stems to bring into mouth
  • They have a barrel shaped body with sparse hair except eyelashes, ear fringe, and tail
  • Indian rhinos are a pachyderm which means thick skinned
  • Thier skin is susceptible to sunburn and biting insects so this is why they wallow in the mud
  • They have very poor eyesight so they charge when frightened.  They can charge at up to 30 mph
  • Males are larger than females
  • This species is more aquatic than other rhinoceros species
  • There are five types of rhinos: White, black, and Sumatran rhinos all have two horns.  The Javan and Indian rhinos have one horn

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