Nikki indi

Nikki wallowing in a pool at the Cincinnati Zoo.

With thick folds in its bumpy skin, the Indian rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) looks as if it is wearing a suit of armor. Despite their tough skin, they are still susceptible to sunburn and biting insects. A good romp in the mud helps protect the skin. A megaherbivore, the Indian rhino is as big as a tank and grazes on tall grasses. Like other rhinos, it has poor vision but excellent senses of hearing and smell. The Indian rhino sports just one horn on the tip of its nose. Unfortunately, rhinos are hunted for their horns as some cultures believe the horns have healing properties.

A group of rhinos is called a crash.When startled, the rhino will charge at up to 30 miles per hour.A rhino horn can be more than three feet long, though it is usually only about a foot.


  • Where to see them: Northern India and Nepal
  • Height: 5 to 6 ft
  • Weight: 3,300 to 4,850 lbs
  • Lifespan: Up to 45 years
  • Habitat: Grassy wetlands
  • Diet: Grasses, bamboo shoots, and aquatic plants
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)
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