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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