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     Animals play an important role in our world. People all around the world depend on animals for everything from food to companionship. They are a vital piece of the balance of nature. Green Kids help protect and preserve the habitats of all animals.

 Rhino

 

There are 5 species of rhinos in the world today, and all are endangered or threatened in some way. Three species are found in Asia and two are located in Africa.  Thousands of years ago, rhinos were found in North America and Europe.

The black rhino and the white rhino live in Africa. The black rhino is critically endangered. The white rhino is the most abundant of the rhino species, but is still threatened.

Rhinos can live in the wild for 30-35 years. They are herbivorous (plant eaters) and are some of the largest land mammals. People believe the horns have healing properties and eat the ground up horns.

Rhinos are endangered mostly because of poaching for their horns. Their horns are made from keratin- the same protein our hair and fingernails.

 

Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger Facts:

The Bengal tiger is also called the Indian tiger. They prefer grasslands, mangrove forests, dry and wet deciduous forests and temperate forests.  
They live alone in large territories and hunt for food at night.
Their strips are like fingerprints- no two are alike and can help identify each individual tiger.
Tigers live to be 10-15 years old in the wild.  Their roars can be heard up to 2 miles away!
Tigers are endangered due to poaching and forest destruction.  They are hunted for their fur and body parts used in Asian medicine.
There are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild.