Elephants and rhinos are massive, majestic and truly amazing animals. Here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom we are preparing a celebration fit for these large, charismatic creatures. Next Thursday, September 24, is Elephant and Rhino Day at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we are excited to share with you some of the activities that will be featured as part of the celebration.
Guests have the opportunity to meet rhino and elephant keepers, learn the differences between how white and black rhinos eat, how elephants communicate, how we are trying to keep them safe in the wild and much more.
In honor of these two larger-than-life species, we have developed a short quiz to test your knowledge of the African elephant and white rhino. Can you tell which animal we are describing?
Elephant and Rhino Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This animal is the largest land mammal and eats up to 4 percent of its body weight a day. For a typical adult male, that can be up to 600 pounds of food, which turns into 200-300 pounds of waste a day.
After the longest pregnancy of any land mammal that may last 22 months, babies can weigh up to 300 pounds at birth!
This animal communicates through smells, courtesy of communal waste heaps called middens, which act as a type of message board. Smelling these heaps can tell other animals who is the dominant male or who is ready to breed.
Other than humans, this animal is one of the only ones known to mourn the passing of one of their own. Scientists believe that this emotional response to death demonstrates this animal’s higher intelligence and complex thought. This animal also has the largest brain of any land animal.
This animal is poached because part of its body is perceived by some cultures to have medicinal uses, and thus this species is on the brink of extinction. Only about 11,000 of these animals are left in the wild.
This animal is illegally poached to produce jewelry for the black market. It is estimated that 96 of them are hunted every day.
This animal’s name comes from a Greek word that describes its tusk or horn. This body part, the tusk or horn, is made of compressed keratin—the same material in human hair and fingernails.
This animal stays cool by using its ears to lower its body temperature up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It also only sweats around its toenails.
This animal has very poor eyesight and many times it relies on a bird called the oxpecker to raise an alarm when danger is nearby.
This animal can make many different sounds, including some too low in frequency for human ears. However, these low frequency sounds can be heard by an animal of the same species up to 1 1/2 miles away!