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White Rhinoceros

White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium Simum) at Colchester Zoo, UK.A close-up of a White Rhinoceros at Colchester Zoo, UK.White rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)Rhinoceros from Werribee Open Range Zoo, Victoria, AustraliaWhite rhino cow and calf at Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South AfricaA crash of Rhinoceros (Rhinocerotidae) at Colchester Zoo, UK.Three White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium Simum) at Colchester Zoo, UK.White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)A White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium Simum) at Colchester Zoo, UK.
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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
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)
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:
The preferred food of this animal
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:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Hard, thick skin and two large horns

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White Rhinoceros

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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First Published: 5th December 2008, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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