Outdoor Wednesday: Black and White Rhinos

Rhinos: LadyD Books
White Rhinos
I went to the Safari Park and rode the tram around the huge animal preservation in San Diego. The Park has been successful in protecting many Black Rhino (which are the multiple white ones in the photo towards the end of the post.) Here you see 2 White Rhino by the waterhole.

Rhinos: LadyD Books
White Rhinoceros

The word "white" in the name "white rhinoceros" is a misinterpretation of the Afrikaans word wyd, itself derived from the Dutch word wijd for wide, referring to its square upper lip, as opposed to the pointed or hooked lip of the black rhinoceros. These species are now sometimes referred to as the square-lipped (for white) or hook-lipped (for black) rhinoceros.

Rhino at Safari Park: LadyD Books

The other African rhinoceros is the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). These common names are misleading, as those two species are not really distinguishable by color.

Many Rhinos: LadyD Books
Black Rhino
The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), is a species of rhinoceros, native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the rhino was referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance.
Rhino at the San Diego Safari Park: LadyD Books
Black Rhino
The species overall is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the Western Black Rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.

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Age Level: 5 and up,  Grade: K and up

Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs (Book & CD) 

It's a read-along, sing-along, dance-along, oink-along collection of truly delightful children's music. There's "O, Lonely Peas," to appeal to the finicky young eater. The five-year-old's lament, "Bad Babies" ("They whine and they bite, they chew on your toys/And oh, do they make the most terrible noise"). "Tickle Time." "The Crabby Song." A mouse's impassioned ballad to his beloved, "I Love You More Than Cheese." And "Barnyard Dance," the song that was launched by the board book dear to the hearts of more than a million young readers. 

Another great book with a cute story for age 3:

Tilly and the Rhinoceros [Hardcover]

Tilly Gobble, the tiniest goose in the neighborhood, comes to the aid of the entire kingdom when a rhinoceros lies down across the road and refuses to let anyone by unless they can answer his riddle.

 Hope you have a wonderful Rhinoceros day!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis
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