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C) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. 35 CR Black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis MAMMALS These hefty vegetarians have a reputation for aggression, charging at anything that gets in their way. They like their space and snort, honk, and roar to warn others away. 4 tons (900–1,300 kg) Diet Woody plants, stoftstemmed plants, and grasses Mega herbivore Rhinos have short, stocky legs to hold up their enormous bulk. They have leathery, virtually hairless skin and two large horns (made of keratin) on their snouts.
All Rights Reserved. Plight of the albatross CR FISH Albatrosses spend much of their life flying over the oceans, but despite their lack of contact with people, many species are under threat from longline tuna fishing. The birds often get hooked as they try to grab bait, and are then dragged under the waves and drowned. Even with net fishing, the birds fly into the cables or become entangled in the nets as they are lifted in. Longlines have replaced nets on many tuna trawlers, but dolphins and turtles are still caught as bycatch.
51 REPTILES Komodo dragons have been protected since the 1930s within the Komodo National Park. They are a tourist attraction, which provides money for local people, encouraging them to look after the dragons. Conservationists are trying to breed dragons in captivity, and stop poaching and loss of the dragon’s habitat outside the park. AMPHIBIANS Amphibians Amphibians are a group of vertebrate animals that include frogs, toads, salamanders, caecilians, and newts. THERE ARE MORE than 6,700 known species of amphibian.