WHITE RHINO

ceratotherium simum

Facts

Latin Name - Ceratotherium simum
Conservation Status - Near Threatened
Location - Savannas of sub-Saharan Africa
Diet - Herbivorous
Colour - Grey
Height - 5-6ft (1.5-1.8m) tall to shoulder
Weight - 4,000-6,000lbs (1,800-2,700kg)
Life Expectancy - Up to 50 years

White Rhinos are the second largest land mammal and their name comes from the Afrikaan’s, a West Germanic language, word “weit” which means wide and refers to the animal’s mouth. Also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros, white rhinos have a square upper lip with almost no hair. Two genetically different subspecies exist, the nothnern and southern white rhino and are found in two different regions in Africa.

As of March 2018, there are only two rhinos of the northern white rhino left, both of which are female. They live in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and are protected round-the-clock by armed guards. Their near extinction is due to decades of rampant poaching for rhino horn.

How do they act?

Behaviour

WHAT DANGERS DO THEY FACE?

Threats