Adopt a rhino and receive
- Your own cuddly toy rhino to keep at home
- An adoption pack, including a personalised certificate, animal story, fact sheet and glossy photo to display.
- A copy of Born Free’s bi-annual Adopt magazine with exclusive updates.
There are five species of rhino; black and white rhinos live on the plains and woodlands of Africa, whereas the Javan, Sumatran and Indian rhinos live in the tropical forests of Asia.
They have a herbivorous diet, small brains for mammals of their size, one or two horns, and a thick protective skin. They generally eat leafy material, although can eat more fibrous plant matter when necessary. The two African species of rhinoceros lack teeth at the front of their mouths, relying instead on their lips to pluck food.
udopt it because
- Several threats are pushing rhinos closer to extinction. Illegal hunting and poaching for their horns, used in traditional Asian medicine, have caused rhino numbers to fall dramatically.
- Rhinos are also under threat from loss of habitat caused by human encroachment and agricultural development. With loss of habitat, populations become smaller and more isolated, which limits breeding opportunities.
- Funds from your adoption will support Born Free’s work in Meru National Park, Kenya. Born Free supports the parks rhino sanctuary by funding vital equipment for the sanctuary’s rhino rangers, which supports both its vital work and ranger welfare.
- Adopting a rhino makes for a fantastic gift. Not only will it delight and educate the recipient but funds will go towards Born Free’s critical work.
- Adoption programmes start from as little as £3.00 a month.
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Did you know?
- There are five different species of rhino in the world. Two native to Africa – the Black Rhinoceros and the White Rhinoceros – and three native to Asia – the Indian, Javan and Sumatran.
- All five rhino species can grow to weigh over 1000kg, with the white rhino reaching a massive 3500kg. This makes the white rhino the second largest mammal after the elephant.
- Relative to their body size, rhinoceros have small brains. This does not mean that you should underestimate their intelligence!
- Rhino horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that hair and fingernails are made of. These hairs grow throughout the rhino’s lifetime, just like our own nails and hair do. If the horn falls off, another will grow in its place.
- White rhino’s have a misleading name…they are in fact grey in colour.