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African animals in the wild are a great source of delight to us in the 21st century. The word Rhinoceros comes from two Greek terms for “nose” and “horn”, so appropriate. Their horn is not made from bone but from keratin (also found in your fingernails and hair). It is all hair and is not actually attached to their body. Ancient rhino skulls have also been mistaken for dragon skulls. And did you know that a group of rhinos is called a crash? World Rhino Day is celebrated each year on 22 September.

Use these 2 African Rhinoceros photographs as a stimulus for Measurement: Mass (adults have a mass of between 800 – 1200 kg), Time (they can live for 35 – 50 years), Length (adults can grow to a height of 1.7 – 1.8 m at their shoulder..) or even Speed (they can run at up to 50 km/h).

Bev has created some Stage 3 Decimal Counting cards using these rhinos as the visual stimulus. You will find them in Fractions and Decimals Activities 5/6/7