Adventure awaits for Zane the Black Rhino! Follow along as Lil’ Nature Baby Zane discovers what matters most when he stumbles upon magical rubies & learn about the endangered Black Rhino.
Black Rhino Species Facts:
- With a population of 5,000 – 5,400, Black Rhinos are considered critically endangered.
- Black Rhinos are located in the Savanna Plains of Southeastern Africa.
- As herbivores, Black Rhinos eat trees and bushes.
- The greatest threats to the Black Rhino are poaching and loss of habitat due to human activity and infrastructure.
- Black Rhinos are known for having two very distinct and noticeable horns, whereas the White Rhinos‘ second horn is much less visible.
Adventures of Lil’ Nature Babies, Volume V: Zane the Black Rhino
Part I: Secret of the Savanna
On a cool morning, Zane the rhino’s mom nudged him awake with her horn. That meant it was time to eat before the sun made the Savanna Plains too hot. They enjoyed some tasty African shrubs and made their way towards shade just as the sun started to reach the middle of the sky. Zane’s mom fell asleep under the shade of the trees. Ignoring the place his mother left for him, Zane left to explore the open plains.
Zane caught a glint of red light coming over the desert hills of the Savanna. Strolling in and out of the shrubbery, Zane reached the foot of the hill and eagerly began to climb. Zane looked back to see his mother rhino napping peacefully under the trees. Onward he went, down the other side of the hill, looking this way and that in hopes of finding the source of the red light.
Part II: The Mysterious Rhino
As Zane continued toward the shimmery red light, there was movement out of the corner of his eye. An enormous African White Rhino appeared from seemingly nowhere. “Who goes there?” said the mysterious rhino. “My name is Zane, I’m looking for the red light, have you seen it?” “You speak of the ancient rubies, which only reveal themselves to the pure of heart,” said the mysterious White Rhino, “legend has it that the rubies, if seen, will grant any wish,” he said.
Zane waved goodbye to the rhino and began to look for the magic gems. Finally, exhausted from his search, Zane stopped to rest near a strange looking rock. Darkness began to fall, but Zane was too tired to walk all the way home. Noises of the night frightened the young rhino. “I wish I could go home,” said Zane. Suddenly, the rock he rested on began to shine and revealed the magic rubies! In an instant, Zane found himself snuggled in his mother’s arms. “What a day,” Zane thought as the little rhino fell fast asleep.