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White Rhinoceros

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Rhinoceros from Werribee Open Range Zoo, Victoria, Australia
White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
White Rhinoceros
White rhino cow and calf at Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
A White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) cow and calf coated in mud
The white rhino is the second biggest land animal and can weight around 2 tons. The white rhino is the most common species of the remaining rhino, and inhabits parts of Africa.

There were around 11,000 white rhino counted in South Africa in 2005, but for unknown reasons the white rhino rate of reproduction is low. The white rhino is the only species of rhino that is not critically endangered.

The white rhino has 2 horns on its head that are made of keratin. The white rhinos front horn averaging a length of 90cm but can get up to 150cm!

The white rhinoceros has a noticeable hump on the back of its neck which helps to support the white rhinos large head. Each of the white rhinos four stumpy feet has three toes will help to distribute the enormous weight of the white rhino.

The colour of the white rhino ranges from yellowish brown to grey and not white as the white rhinos name suggests (the white rhinos name is thought to have originated from a mis-translation of the white rhinos names from Dutch into English, with the white rhino thought to have been originally named the wide rhino and not the white rhino).

The ears of a white rhino can move independently which helps the white rhino to pick up more sensitive sounds but the white rhino depends most of all on its sense of smell. The white rhino, like other species of rhino has extremely poor eyesight for such a large animal.

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White Rhinoceros Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Ceratotherium simum
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
3.4-4.2m (11-14ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
1,440-3,600kg (3,168-7,920lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
42km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
45-50 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Grey, Black
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Grass
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical bushland, grassland and savannas
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Fruit, Berries, Leaves
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Wild cats
Special Features:Hard, thick skin and two large horns

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