Sub-adult male white rhinoceros drinking

Sub-adult male white rhinoceros drinking

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The white rhino (Ceratotherium simum) is an animal of the African plains and savannahs. Its wide mouth has evolved to mow grasses. They prefer to drink at least once a day and can drink up to 50 litres at a time but the average is 12 litres a day. It is an odd-toed ungulate related to tapirs and is the largest of the remaining rhinoceros species. It has two asymmetrical horns on its rostrum composed of a chemically complex type of keratin. Relentless poaching for the horn has reduced worldwide rhino numbers to a critical number but the white rhino is heavily protected in Southern Africa where its numbers are quite healthy. However, the killing of a rhino in a Paris zoo in 2017 indicates the threat these animals are under. Photographed in Lille zoological park, France.

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