Favorite Wildlife Friday presents Prince William helping to bring a critically endangered African species home.
This week’s Favorite Wildlife Friday features an animal this famous royal has had a hand in helping to relocate back to Africa after living in captivity. Can you guess the species from these clues?
Who am I?
- Our greatest food sources are trees and bushes. We use our pointed lips to pull leaves and fruit right off the branches. Most of this eating is done at night.
- Aside from mothers and their offspring, we prefer to live alone. Babies only remain with their mothers until they’re about three years old.
- Since the African sun gets so hot, we love rolling around in a cool puddle of mud or laying around under a nice shade tree. Nothing beats a nice muddy watering hole in the heat of the day. A good coat of mud can also protect us from insects and sunburn.
- We have two horns on our heads, the front horn generally being the largest. These help us to protect ourselves when danger is lurking nearby. Unfortunately they don’t protect us from poachers, who have had a great hand in making us an endangered species, because poachers kill us whenever they get the chance, just for these horns.
Have you guessed?
I’m a Black Rhino and my species will be lost forever without everyone’s help.
Prince William has had a soft spot for African wildlife for many years, just as his father has. The Prince spoke against the illegal trade of rhino horns on camera, calling people who are involved “extremely ignorant, selfish and utterly wrong”. He even offered his support to a program that relocated three black rhinos, born in captivity, back to Africa.
You can get involved by making a small donation to Save the Last Rhinos.
Contributed by Nikela Volunteer April Marcom