A Lateral Gait?
Lucy's note: "This song emphasizes
a few facts about the way an elephant moves. Like a
camel or giraffe, both feet on one side are lifted
together as he walks or runs. This gives a rolling
motion to the back. (Cats and dogs walk with a diagonal
gait.) Elephants cannot gallop or trot or jump. However,
they can run faster than a man in a short sprint. Like
rhinoceroses, they run on their toes."
Tell Me How You Use Your Trunk
Lucy's note: This is
a song for Kdg - 2nd grade to introduce a discussion
about the conservation efforts on behalf of rhinos by
the San Diego Zoological Society. the San Diego
Zoological Society has won international acclaim for
their rhino conservation efforts. The Southern White
Rhino is the logo for the Wild Animal Park. The Zoo and
Wild Animal Park have had success breeding the Southern
White Rhino and Great Indian Rhino, and they have
launched a program for the captive breeding of the
Northern White Rhino, the Black Rhino, and the Sumatran
Rhino. All species are on exhibit at either the zoo or
the park except the critically endangered Javan Rhino.
(The last known captive specimen died in 1907 in
How Did You Get Your Name?
"Rhinoceros" is a combination of two Greek words,
"rhino," meaning nose, and "ceros," meaning horn. The
rhinoceros is the only animal with a horn, or horns,
attached to the nose. (Other animals with horns have
them attached to their heads.) Rhino horns are made of
hard, solid keratin, the type of protein substance that
fingernails are made of. If a rhino loses its horn,
another will grow.