Earlier today, Kenya set ablaze 105 tons of stockpiled ivory in a measure designed to discourage the poaching of elephants and rhinoceros in the country. The blaze is the biggest of its kind in history.
Six-month-old one-horned rhino Jalada Prasad had a prance party in honor of his public debut Friday at Alipore Zoological Garden in Kolkata, India. Little dude had some rough early months after his mother was killed by poachers. But! He was rescued and nursed back to health, and now appears to be quite the peppy fella.
This rather imposing two-horned rhino skull is 9.2 million years old, which means it predates when our earliest hominid ancestors diverged from chimpanzees. And a skull like this deserves a badass origin story. Spoiler alert: it involves volcanoes and decapitation.
I'll be honest, the first time I watched this I almost couldn't handle the cuteness, but after watching it a few times I'm beginning to lean towards team annoying. Either way, I can't say I ever would have expected that sound to come from a baby rhinoceros. A baby Koala, maybe. But not a baby rhinoceros.
Don't worry. This rhino is alive and well. He's just sleeping while flying high over the South African landscape tied to a military helicopter. But why did he have to travel 15 miles flying upside down?
At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England, the staff recently had the luxurious task of artificially inseminating a southern white rhino. And because male rhinoceros gametes don't rain from the sky like manna from heaven, the zookeepers had to extract semen from an ornery horned fellow. I may have watched this…
Got a hankering for some rhinoceros horn? Practitioners of traditional Asian medicine believe that ground rhino horns, when ingested, can help cure diseases like cancer. Unfortunately for patients consuming rhino horns, they could just as well be chewing on their fingernails. Unfortunately for the rhinos, the…