Did you know black and white rhinos are actually the same color? They’re both gray. All rhinos are pretty much the same color. Of course, that might make you wonder how you do rhino coloring pages when the subjects are all the same dull hue. While we love a good “greige,” our kids need coloring activities with more color. That’s where using your imagination comes in. You can encourage your kiddos to fill in the backgrounds of these rhino pages, placing them in both realistic and silly settings. Or, hey, who says your rhinos have to be gray? Challenge your little artists to come up with genuinely unique color combinations for these rare animals.
And if, for some reason, these rhino coloring pages don’t “slap”? We have plenty of other coloring pages your child might like better. Little veterinarians might love precious puppy coloring pages or cute cat coloring pages. And our mini oceanographers? They’ll absolutely enjoy our wild sea turtle coloring pages and ginormous whale coloring pages. We even have (dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun) shark coloring pages. Whatever your little colorer is into, we have free printables to suit their fancy.
Free Printable Rhino Coloring Pages
Rhino Page No. 1
Rhinoceroses (commonly called “rhinos”) live in Asia and Africa and consist of five species. Asian rhinos include the horned, Sumatran, and Javan rhinos. Then there are black and white African rhinos.
Rhino Page No. 2
While you might be lucky enough to see a rhino at the zoo, it’s becoming nearly impossible to catch a glimpse of some rhino species in the wild. The black, Javan, and Sumatran rhinos are all listed as critically endangered. In the case of the Javan, only 70 exist in the wild.
Rhino Page No. 3
If you’ve never seen a rhino up close, you’re probably not fully aware of just how big they are. These impressive animals’ sizes range greatly depending on the species. The largest rhino, though, is the white rhino, which can weigh more than three tons. For perspective, that’s heavier than the average minivan. And it’s safe to say you should never try to outrun a rhino. Albeit burly animals, they can reach speeds of 30 to 40 miles per hour.
Rhino Page No. 4
Ever get rhinos and hippos confused? It’s an easy mistake to make, thanks to their nearly identical ears. They also have similar social patterns. Both rhinos and hippos have social females, while the males are more territorial and stand off independently. When a group of rhinos gathers, it’s called a crash.
Rhino Page No. 5
Rhinos also boast a similarity to another familiar animal: the pig! How so? Well, it turns out that rhinos love, love, love playing in the mud. Rolling through the mud keeps them cool and protects them from the sun and bugs. Plus, you know, it’s just fun.
Rhino Page No. 6
Look, they’re communicating! Rhinos make some pretty distinct noises, including honking, trumpeting, and a sneezing sound.
Rhino Page No. 7
Interestingly enough, there’s another way rhinos communicate that doesn’t involve sound at all. Instead, most rhino crashes poop in a particular area, called a latrine. Each rhino has his or her own unique bladder and bowel smell. So by visiting the latrine, rhinos can tell who is nearby.
Rhino Page No. 8
One of the main reasons rhinos have become so endangered is because poachers go to great lengths to track these creatures and steal their horns, often leaving them in terrible shape. The poachers then sell the horns, which some people grind up to “medicines.” It seems wholly absurd when you consider how similarly made their horns are to our toenails and fingernails — they’re all made from keratin.
Rhino Page No. 9
Even if we could completely stop poachers, rhinos would run into another issue that threatens their survival. As our population grows and cities spread, we encroach on their habitats, leaving them nowhere to go and ruining what’s left of their home.
Rhino Page No. 10
There are still great people in the world attempting to rescue rhinos, though. Private and public organizations buy large areas of land they patrol and keep safe so that rhinos can live (practically) free. And even zoos do what they can to help repopulate devastated species by running safe, legal breeding programs. Want to help rhinos and other endangered animals? You can do that by growing up to become zoologists, wildlife veterinarians, or conservationists!
Rhino Page No. 11
Fun fact: Did you know rhinos used to be woolly? During the prehistoric era, the earth was much colder, and rhinos had wooly fur to protect them from the harsh weather. Scientists believe they may have died out due to hunters and climate change. Here’s an interesting data point: Some species of rhinos really enjoy fighting with each other. About 50 percent of their male and 30 percent of their female population die from intra-species conflict.
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