Track It Thursday: The Rhino

At first glance, rhino tracks can easily be confused with hippo track. The main difference is the rhino only has three toes which are visible in the tracks, and a hippo has four toes.

Rhino tracks are said to have a flower shape with the rounded toes and footpad resembling theoretical petals of a flower. Rhinos put pressure on the entire foot and not just the toes. This is known as plantigrade. White rhino tracks  differ from black rhinos. The tracks of black rhinos show the toes to be slightly more widely spread as well as being smaller. On the white rhino track, there is a very pronounced “w” shape on the back of the footpad whereas with the black rhinos this is not as evident and so the tracks tend to look more rounded.

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