About Photographed Subject(s): Rhinoceros
Rhinoceroses are solitary mammals that exist as five species, which include the Black rhino and White rhino in South Africa, as well as the Indian rhino, Sumatran rhino, and Javan rhino in Asia. The most known species, black and white, have two horns and can reach 60 inches at the shoulder. The Black rhino weighs 2000 to 3000 pounds with a hooked lip for plucking food, while the White rhino scales at more than 4000 pounds with a squared lip. They lack front teeth and their horns are comprised of keratin, the identical protein found in humans’ hair and fingernails. Other characteristics encompass thick, gray and protective skin, strong hearing and smell, but poor eyesight.
The rhinoceros dwells in areas of grasslands and open savannas where they consume their favorite foods. As herbivores, they eat grass, leaves, buds, plants, fruits and berries. During their lives they remain cautious, defensive and alert due to their poor eye sight; why it’s believed they anxiously charge anything thought to be a threat.
About Photo Moment: My Story and Location
I photographed this rhinoceros at the Brevard County Zoo in Melbourne of Florida. Initially I spent most of my time on the north end of the zoo where the birds and reptiles lived. After a while, my camera battery diminished to zero power; however, I had another charged one in my car to be fully prepared. The problem was the park was crowded and my car was parked too far away. What can I say? I felt lazy for the task and decided to skip the south end with the mammals. On the way to my vehicle I realized I should just grab the battery and explore the other side. I’m glad I did because of the diversity of spectacular animals.
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