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White Rhino

Scientific name: Ceratotherium simum


White rhinos are the second largest land mammals in the world. Their large horns and sizeable bulk make them powerful animals. 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.

There are 5 species of rhino, but the white rhino are the only grazing species. The other four are browsers and have a pointed top lip, to help them pull leaves and twigs into their mouths. The square lip of the white rhinos helps them to graze grass more efficiently.

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. This means that the population is slow-growing and increases the threat they face.

Near Threatened (Inc. Bar)
  1. At Noah's Ark...

    We have 2 White Rhinos... Rumba and Rumbull.

  2. We live...

    On the hill next to the Flying Field, opposite the Maze.

  1. Size Fact

    White rhinos weigh between 1.4 and 3.6 tonnes.

  2. Food Fact

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

  3. Fun Fact

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

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