• How many species:
    • two (2) subspecies:
      • the southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
      • and the northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni).
  • Numbers:
    • There are around 20 000 of the southern subspecies left.
    • Northern subspecies was critically endangered, with as few as four alive.
    • 6 are in captivity. 2 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 4 born in a zoo in the Czech Republic were moved to a wildlife refuge in Kenya in an effort to have the animals reproduce and save the subspecies.
  • Status: Near threatened
  • Size: NOTE: Diagram of a rhino with pointers
    • Can weigh more than 3 500 kg, have a head-and-body length of 3.5–4.6 m and a shoulder height of 1.8–2 m.
    • The biggest white rhinoceros on record was about 4 500 kg.
  • Age:  White rhino can live up to 40 – 50 years in the wild.
  • Horns:
    • On its snout it has two horns.
    • The front horn is larger than the other horn and averages between 90 cm (35 in) and 150 cm (59 in).
  • Other features:
    • Yellowish brown to slate grey in colour.
    • Hair on ear fringes and tail bristles.
    • Distinctive flat broad mouth used for grazing.
  • Bet you didn’t know this!
    • A group of rhinos is called a crash of rhinos
    • An adult white rhino makes up to 50 kg of dung per day!
    • Pregnancy last 15 to 16 months
    • African rhinos have a mutually beneficial relationship with oxpeckers, also called “tick birds”
    • White rhino calves walk in front of their mothers.