Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet Earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet. For instance, Bolivians call Mother Earth Pachamama and Nicaraguans refer to her as Tonantzin.
The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance.
It also recognises a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.
Navigation: Rhinos use their horns to help guide their babies. Similar to a human mom using her arms to hold her baby back form an unsafe situation, or to help nudge the baby in the right direction.
White Rhino digging. Photo: unknown
Shovels: Horns are great tools for digging. When grass is sparse, rhinos dig to find edible roots and grass. To quench their thirst when riverbeds are dry, they dig deep in search for water.
Black rhino male and female fighting. Photo: Sharon Heald/Arkive.
Swords: Rhinos utilize horns for posturing. They lower their horns and charge to send the message to unwelcome rhinos to stay away. If this isn’t enough, they will lock horns and fight, often causing injury, sometimes even resulting in death.