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#103941 - 05/22/03 09:18 AM 'black' and 'white' rhinos
On a recent visit to the zoo, I came to know there are two African species of rhinoceros, the Black Rhino and the White Rhino, albeit minus the distinction in color that one would expect (both looked greyish to me.) I found an explanation at the relevant links of the following site:
"White Rhinoceros: From the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: weit, meaning 'wide'; early English settlers in South Africa misinterpreted the 'weit' for 'white'."
"Black Rhinoceros: Not black at all, the Black Rhino probably derives its name as a distinction from the White Rhino (itself a misnomer) and/or from the dark-colored local soil covering its skin from wallowing." Also called the "Prehensile-Lipped Rhinoceros: The upper lip of the Black Rhino who is a browser is adapted for feeding from trees and shrubs and is the best distinguishing characteristic," and "Hook-Lipped Rhinoceros: also referring to the prehensile lip."
#103942 - 05/22/03 09:38 AM Re: 'black' and 'white' rhinos
From the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: weit, meaning 'wide'
I often wondered about that. Thanks, anchita, for clearing it up!
#103943 - 05/22/03 12:17 PM Re: 'black' and 'white' rhinos
The upper lip of the Black Rhino who is a browser is adapted for feeding from trees and shrubs
Interesting - I guess the wide lipped rhino browses on grass. Hadn't appreciated that distinction before.
Slight aside; when I drive through Richmond Park I notice that most of the tree canopies start at the same height from the ground. The height the deer can reach!
#103944 - 05/23/03 10:18 AM Re: 'black' and 'white' rhinos
"I guess the wide lipped rhino browses on grass."
That's right. From the same site:
The White Rhino is a grazer, i.e., it consumes grass. Its wide, square upper lip is adapted for feeding on grasses."
Also, another name for the White Rhino is Square-lipped rhinoceros, as it lacks a prehensile 'hook.'
#103945 - 05/25/03 12:53 AM Re: 'black' and 'white' rhinos
Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
Lovely animals, rhinos. The popular image is of bull rhinos charging unfortunate people in Landrovers in national parks, but I've spent a little bit of time with a rhino in a zoo, and they just luuurve being scratched behind the ear ...
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