Favorite Wildlife Friday presents Charlize Theron and an endangered species.
This week’s Favorite Wildlife Friday features an endangered African animal which actress Charlize Theron has supported.
Who am I?
- I am found in eastern and central Africa.
- My species are mostly solitary animals, but groups of up to 12 individuals have been observed.
- I lived with mother until I was around 3 years old.
- I have two keratin horns on my skull, which are primarily used for defense.
- I am a herbivorous browser and eat a wide variety of plant material, including: shoots, branches, legumes, twigs and fruit.
- My upper lip is long, pointed and prehensile. I use it to grasp plant material while feeding.
- I feed at night to avoid the hot African sun. During the day, I keep cool by taking cover in the shade or wallowing in mud or water.
- I am critically endangered and am being pushed to extinction mainly by illegal poaching for my horns, as well as habitat loss.
Have You Guessed?
I am the Black rhinoceros. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron spoke out to stop the cruel ‘canned’ hunting of a female Black rhino.
Information contributed by Nikela Volunteer Danielle Boobyer