White Rhino

Name

White Rhino

Scientific Name

Ceratotherium simum

Characteristics

White rhinos are the second largest land mammals in the world. Their large horns and sizeable bulk make them powerful animals. The white rhino is distinct from the black rhino by its square lip. They have two horns which can be used for defence and attack. These horns grow 8cm every year and have been known to grow as long as 1.5m.

To cope with the hot climate, rhinos love to wallow in the mud. This acts as a natural sunblock. Female rhinos only have babies every 2 ½ to 5 years. So the population is slow-growing and under threat.

Diet

Rhinos are herbivores. They mainly eat graze and spend their days grazing. Their square lips are specially adapted for getting close to the ground and tearing out grass.

Size Fact

White rhinos weigh between 1.4 and 3.6 tonnes.

Food Fact

Rhinos eat so much that they can produce 22kg of dung per day!

Fun Fact

The rhino’s footprint looks like the Ace of Clubs.

IUCN Red list

The white rhino is classed as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List.

Where do I live?

Africa. Most of the white rhino population live in South Africa. However, they can also be found in Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Our animals

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