Rhino adoption - Adopt a rhino Adopt a rhino and help the endangered black rhinos living in the Kenya Wildlife Service. When you adopt a rhino, you will receive a free rhino adoption gift pack containing a rhino cuddly toy, rhino adoption certificate, WWF pen, rhino adoption card, facts about rhinos and information on the work undertaken by WWF with rhinos
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Black Rhino Distribution The Black Rhino is the smaller and more abundant of the two species of rhino found in Africa, but it is still critically endangered. The Rhino form a clan that sometimes come together at wallowing sites, where they have mud baths. The baths help to keep he skin healthy and free of parasites. Rhinos within a clan are usually tolerant of each other, though occasionally serious fights may occur between bulls that are courting the same female.

Black Rhinos can be quite dangerous, they have very bad eyesight and may charge at anything large enough to be a threat, including vehicles, tents and campfires. However, they usually run away when they detect the scent of humans and they have good reason to. Hunting has destroyed the populations of the Black Rhino. People have hunted rhino for sport, for its tough hide, but mostly for its horn. A rhino's horn is made from the same material as hair, and can be carved into ornamental objects or ground into medicidnal or aphrodisiac powders. Many countries have banned trade in rhino products, but illegal trading still occurs.

The black rhino can be distinguished from Africa's second rhino species, the white rhino, by its pointed, prehensile upper lip, as compared to the white rhino's squared, non prehensile upper lip. Despite the names, there is no colour difference between the black rhino and the white rhino.

By adopting a rhino, you will help ensure this endangered species is looked after and stop its decrease in numbers in the wild. Humans are making huge changes to the Earth. Forests are being felled, wetlands drained and the oceans polluted. As habitats disappear, so do the species that live in them. Air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels - coal, oil and gas - in the home, by power stations and transport, contributes not only to climate change, but also to health problems such as asthma. The pressures on our planet have become so great that an urgent rethink about how we behave is now necessary if we are to have a world that we and our children will want to live in.

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