Fast Facts: Rhinoceros – Part IV

Carl Kerby

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope, I’m Carl Kerby.

Today, were talking rhinos, which literally means “nose horn” because of their most spectacular feature.  A rhino’s beautiful horn will grow throughout its lifetime – up to 2.5 inches a year! The longest horn ever measured was over 4 feet! 

Did you know that if a rhino loses a horn naturally, another will grow in its place? While most rhinos have two horns, the Javan Rhino has only one.

These strong curved horns are not just for looks – they’re essential for a rhino’s defense. From territorial take downs between male rhinos, to an angry mama rhino defending her calves, you don’t want to be tangled by these tips!

It’s amazing that although the horns are made entirely of keratin (just like your fingernails), they are strengthened with an inside core of calcium and can be used to guide calves, forage for water, and help break branches for eating.

Check back with us as we take a look at their skin care routine … no joke! Until then, stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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