Indian Rhino Social Structure
one-horned rhinos are primarily solitary animals. A dominant male
will inhabit a specific territory, but his territory might overlap
with that of other males. Males will fight violently for the rights
to a territory and females. The wounds sustained in theses fights
may prove to be fatal. Females will move between territories alone
or with their young calves. Calves might stay with their mothers
for up to four years.
females are usually found on their own or with their mothers and
younger siblings, but might join up with other subadults. Young
males can often be found together, most likely to increase
protection from dominant males.
are generally only found together when mating, fighting, or
wallowing. Greater one-horned rhinos wallow frequently and often
immerse themselves in water. Wallows and other water sources are the
centers of socialization for adults and after wallowing together,
adults will disperse and go back to being solitary until their next
trip to the wallow.