Great one-horned rhinoceros
After the elephants, the Indian rhinoceros is regarded as the second-largest land mammal in the world. The creased plate-like skin folds covering their strong bodies like armour are characteristic for these impressive solitary animals.
The wrinkled skin, which virtually lies in "armour plates" is up to 4 cm thick. Concealed underneath is a layer of fat up to 5 cm.
Unfortunately still today, the horn is regarded as a miracle cure and is more expensive than gold on the illegal market. Yet it consists only of keratin - like our fingernails and hair. Trade is banned internationally.
Did you know that...
... great one-horned rhinoceroses can gain up 2-3 tons in weight - a VW bus T5 weighs that much,
... their horn grows a lifelong and weighs about 3 kg
... and that they see very poorly?
... rhinos have after elephants with 15 months the longest gestation period among land mammals - they only receive offspring every 4-5 years.