The Colors of the Rhino

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Greater One-horned Rhino, Kaziranga National Park

White rhinos aren’t white and black rhinos aren’t black. All rhinos are essentially grayish-brown, but often take on the color of the surrounding substrate.  As examples, these “red” white rhinos from the North Carolina Zoo, this two-toned greater one-horned rhino that just emerged from a stream in India’s Kaziranga National Park, and this black rhino with “racing stripes” from Tanzania’s Ngorogoro Crater.
White Rhino
White Rhino

Black Rhino, Tanzania
Black Rhino, Tanzania

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  1. I really enjoyed this article and the photos. I live in N.C. and enjoyed seeing one of “our” Rhinos. I learned a lot. I was about to paint a picture of two Rhinos and it helped a lot.

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