White Rhinoceros

white_rhinoPhoto Credit: Stolz, Gary M.

White Rhinoceros
Ceratotherium simum

Also Known As: Square Lipped Rhinoceros

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Size: Males are large than females; up to 7 feet tall, up to 14 feet long and weighing in between 3000 to 8000 pounds.

Range: Central to Southern Africa.

Habitat: Open grassy areas, savannahs, forests.

Diet: Herbivorous; plants, shoots, bark, roots.

Breeding: Summer and fall, June to September.

Nesting: 1 calf born, weighing in 80 pounds.

Warnings: Black Rhinos are considered dangerous, they will charge humans and vehicles!

Description & Behavior
The White Rhino has a large, thick stocky body. The coloring of White Rhino is light gray to dark gray to yellowish. The skin is smooth and rubbery, elephant-like in appearance. The White Rhino has a square lip and a large shoulder hump. The White Rhino has a pair of keratin horns on the front of its skull, the front horn can measure up to 6 feet in length. The White Rhino has terrible eyesight, relying on its hearing and highly developed sense of smell.