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Some animals are so studly that people can’t resist killing them and imbibing their essences. The rhinoceros, which would like nothing better than to lie around in the mud all day while birds eat parasites off its skin, is chock-full of alleged aphrodisiacs—never mind that its prized horn is made of run-of-the-mill keratin, the same thing that’s in hooves and fingernails. In a lecture titled “White Rhinos in Zimbabwe: Conservation Challenges, Failures, and Successes,” Janet Rachlow of the University of Nevada at Reno discusses one species of rhino that, no doubt to poachers’ delight, has not one but two horns on its gigantic gray snout. At 6 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, 8th & Independence Ave. SW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Nathalie op de Beeck)