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Biology and Strategy: The Rhinoceros

Companies using a classical strategy analyze, select, and plan the exploitation of a preferred strategic option. This mechanism is not restricted to the business world, however. White rhinoceroses exhibit the same characteristics with their foraging behavior.

White rhinos have evolved to prefer eating a significantly restricted selection of plant species, focusing on as few as 20. As a result, rhinos must secure territory rich in the specific mixture of plants that they prefer. Mirroring the classical analysis phase, a rhino bull first invests in finding a good feeding ground. Once the territory has been identified, it scent marks: the bull drops his dung in up to 30 well-defined piles, essentially staking out a position to exploit. The bull then patrols his turf and signals his reach by wiping his horns on the ground or bushes to repel potential competitors while he executes his strategy—that is, enjoys his food.

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