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White Rhinoceros

White Rhinoceros Facts

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderPerissodactyla
FamilyRhinocerotidae
GenusCeratotherium
Scientific NameCeratotherium simum
TypeMammal
DietHerbivore
Size3.4-4.2m (11-14ft)
Weight1,440-3,600kg (3,168-7,920lbs)
Top Speed42km/h (30mph)
Life Span45-50 years
LifestyleSolitary
Conservation StatusEndangered
ColourBrown, Grey, Black
Skin TypeLeather
Favourite FoodGrass
HabitatTropical bushland, grassland and savannas
Average Litter Size1
Main PreyGrass, Fruit, Berries, Leaves
PredatorsHuman, Wild cats
Special FeaturesHard, thick skin and two large horns

White Rhinoceros Location

Map of White Rhinoceros Locations
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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.