White Rhinoceros

White Rhinoceros

The White Rhinoceros is the largest living species of rhinos that are native to parts of the continent of Africa. They have two subspecies – the ‘Southern White Rhinoceros’, with a relatively large population, and the ‘Northern White Rhinoceros’, with only 3 remaining in the world, in captivity.

Scientific Name Ceratotheriumsimum

Classification – Ceratotherium

Gender Names – Male – bull; Female – cow; Baby – calf

Collective Noun – Crash

Length/Size – 3.4-4.2m (11-14ft)

Weight – 1,440-3,600kg (3,168-7,920lbs)

Top Speed – 42km/h (30mph)

Life Expectancy – 40-50years; up to 40 (average) in captivity

Gestation Period – 16–18 months

Special Features  Bear two horns and have large, thick skin that looks whitish from a distance

Social Structure – Lead a completely solitary life

Geographical Distribution – East and Central Africa, south of the Sahara

Natural Habitat – Savanna woodlands and the grasslands

World Population – Southern White Rhinoceros: 19,682 to 21,077; Northern White Rhinoceros: 3

Conservation Status –Near Threatened

Diet – Grass, Fruit, Berries, Leaves

Predators – Human, Wild cats