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The white rhino (Ceratotherium simum) is an animal of the African plains and savannahs. Its wide mouth has evolved to mow short, sweet, palatable grasses. Unlike cows, the rhino has a single stomach (monogastric). An odd-toed ungulate, it is related to tapirs and is the largest of the remaining rhinoceros species. While its eyesight is poor it has a highly developed sense of smell. It has two asymmetrical horns on its rostrum made 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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