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The rhino is my symbolic animal mascot because of a book I read called Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander.
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In that book, I learned that we can be cows standing in a pasture waiting for something to happen OR we can be rhinos charging through the jungle of life; the choice is ours.

Being a rhino does not come naturally to me, so I am always on the lookout for rhino items to remind me to CHARGE!!!! When I am on the Internet, I look for rhino pictures that I can download and use on my computer as reminders; I also have quite a few pieces of rhino clothing, jewelry, figurines and many other interesting rhino doodads -- thanks to my friends and relatives over the past 10 years.

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If you are interested in reading Rhinoceros Success (and/or the other 2 books in Scott's trilogy: Advanced Rhinocerology and Rhinocerotic Relativity), they -- along with other rhino items -- can be obtained on-line at the RhinoMall.
A percentage of all their profits go to the International Rhino Foundation for the conservation of rhinos.
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This drawing reminds me to smile!

It is by Laurie Smallwood, who did all the fabulous illustrations for the books in Scott's rhino trilogy.

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Rhino Close-Up
Photo by Maggie Haydt

     This wonderful close-up shot is one of the rhino postcards that you can send to a fellow rhino-lover from the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) web site.

     The IRF is a non-profit corporation of institutions and individuals worldwide whose sole purpose is dedicated to the conservation of the five species of rhinoceros: Black, White, Sumatran, Javan and Indian. You can learn quite a lot about these endangered animals by checking out this site.

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Imara

     I love pictures of baby rhinos; they are so cute with only little nubs where their horns will be. Imara is a baby rhinoceros who was born at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon, on September 26, 1997. In June of 1999, Imara was sent to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to provide her with a better environment for breeding.

     While she was at the Oregon Zoo, she won the hearts of millions who viewed her over the Internet through the zoo's live Rhino Cam where you can still see her parents Pete and Miadi. The site has many other interesting features for animal lovers of all ages.

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Side View of a White Rhinoceros
Photo by Brett Duke

     This picture of a White rhinoceros is featured on the Rhino Page of the Virtual Safari! web site. This is a great place for kids to learn about animals. The facts are given in a nutshell and I learned that a rhino's life span is 40 years, that a rhino weighs 100 pounds at birth, and 8000 pounds when fully grown.

     Virtual Safari! is also where I found the sound of the rhino that you heard when you opened this page (IF you're using Internet Explorer). Since I have seen but not heard rhinos, I thought this was great!

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A Pair of Rhinos

     This is from the Virtual Rhino Gallery, a site maintained by Dr. Mark Knapp, a college professor at the University of Texas at Austin. It sounds like he has quite a rhino collection and he supports rhino conservation efforts by the WWF and other groups.

     You HAVE to look at the large version of this photo just to see the expression on the face of the sitting rhino; it's priceless! Check out the other photos Dr, Knapp has on his site; they're great!

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Face-to-face with the Elephants
Photo by Nigel Dennis

     This picture is a perfect example of "charging through life"; this rhino looks so small compared to the elephants, but just look at that stance! He or she is not backing down a bit.

     This photo is from The Virtual Rhino Park at WildNet Africa. There are many beautiful photos at this site along with lots of information and interesting things to do for kids and adults.

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