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Tree rubbing by white rhinos: Potential functions of an undescribed behavior


, : Tree rubbing by white rhinos: Potential functions of an undescribed behavior. Alces 37(2): 447-456

I observed white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe, perform a behavior previously undescribed for this species; males vigorously removed the bark from commiphora trees (Commiphora marlothii) with their horns, and then rubbed their head and rostrum on the debarked areas. To explore this behavior further, I sampled commiphora trees in the Whovi Game Park, a fenced reserve within Matobo National Park, which contained a population of 43 white rhinos.

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