an effective method that rhinos use to protect their skin. A mud
wallow is an area of thick mud and sometimes shallow water. The
wallow can be small or large, with enough room for one or ten rhinos
to share. Even for solitary rhinos, the wallow can act as a meeting
place where individuals come together for a period of socialization
and then go on their separate ways.
creates a thick layer of mud all over the rhino’s body, which aids
thermoregulation and can also help control external parasites. The
mud layer prevents sun damage, dehydration and keeps some biting
flies from penetrating the skin.
one-horned rhinos are the most aquatic species of rhinos and enjoy
time in the water as well as the mud. They can spend up to 60% of
the day in mud or water. Greater one-horned rhinos are swimmers and
will even feed on floating and underwater plants.