White rhinoceros

White rhinoceros

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Credit: PATRICK LANDMANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). The white rhinoceros is the second largest land animal after the elephant, weighing up to 3600 kilograms. It has two horns, one in front of the other, with the front horn being the largest. The horns are made of solid keratin and grow continuously. In some traditional medicines rhino horn is thought to be an aphrodisiac. This has lead to extensive poaching, which very nearly caused extinction at the end of the nineteenth century. To try to deter poachers the rhino's horn is sometimes cut off, although this has limited success due the the horns' regrowth. Photographed in Isiolo, Kenya.

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