Did you know that the RHINO is one of the animals though to be the inspiration for the Legend of the UNICORN!? . . . It makes sense if you think about the fact that the Rhino belongs to the same family as the Horse (another Inspiration for the Unicorn ~ and the one most usually depicted in pictures & literature) . . . Unlike the Horse, however, there is actually an Asian Species of Rhino in India called the Greater One-Horned Rhino (also known as the Indian Rhino) and with the Scientific or Latin Name: Rhinoceros Unicornis
Did you also know that Rhinos were actually INDIGINOUS to the AMERICAN CONTINENT before they migrated across the land-bridge to Asia & Africa (the only places they can be found now) and became EXTINCT HERE on the AMERICAN CONTINENT!!?? . . . It's true!!! ] :<)
The Rhinoceros is an Ancient Creature who has been around and goes back millions of years to the age of the Dinosaurs!!! . . . In fact, the very hairy Woolly Rhino, seen here at left, is an Ancestor to our modern-day Rhinos! l :<)
Now, only 5 species remain ~ ALL 5 are critically ENDANGERED!!! . . . If we do nothing immediately, the last 5 species of Rhino left on Earth will be Extinct within the next 10 years!!! . . .
According to Ancient Belief & Teachings among all the various Native Cultures (incl. American, Asian, African, Aboriginal, Australian, Norse, Celtic, Etc.) each Animal is associated with a Gift (or Medicine); The Rhino/Unicorn is Guardian of Ancient Wisdom . . .
Rhino's Gift reminds us to tread gently on the Earth & to Respect All Life! . . . The Rhino is truly an Ancient & Noble Being ~ It would be a real tragedy, indeed, if we allowed the Rhino go the way of the Unicorn and become just a Legend, as well, don't you think!? . . .
The Ancient Belief Systems of the world also tell us that we are each born with a Spirit or Totem Animal who Guides us throughout our Life . . .
My Purpose & what I most want to do is to Honour & Share the Gift of the Rhino ~ i.e. Educate & Advocate on behalf of Rhinos (and other Endangered Species, & general Wildlife Issues), as well as: Domestic, Farm, Lab & "Entertainment" Animal Rights & Welfare . . . And, as the Rhino's Gift reminds us to Respect ALL Life, I also work on some Human Issues, especially: Children's & Adoption, but also: Elderly, Indigenous Peoples and Environmental, Etc.) . . . A major focus of my Education & Advocacy work is re: the Link® between: Animal Abuse, Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse & All forms of Violence . . . and, of course, Promoting Equality & Respect for All Life ~ Conservation will then naturally follow! . . . ] :<)