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World’s Second Largest Land Mammal

Standing at 6 feet tall and weighing upwards of 7,000 lbs., the White Rhinoceros is a large mammal of the African plains. It is a grazer that eats mostly grasses on the savanna. There are about 20,000 white rhinos in existence, but their population is threatened by the trafficking of their horns in Asian markets where the horns are ground up for unproven medical purposes. One of the most horrific events happened at a French zoo earlier this year (2017) where poachers entered the zoo at night to kill and saw off the horns of a white rhinoceros. Over 1,000 rhinos are slaughtered annually for their horns. Wildlife organizations are working to protect these gentle creatures through anti-poaching efforts and increasing international law enforcement to prevent the distribution of rhino horns around the world.

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