Current population trend: Decreasing
Current population trend:
These incredible creatures are some of the biggest animals in the world! The largest of the five species is the white rhino, which can grow to 1.8m tall and weigh a massive 2,500kg – that’s the weight of 30 men!
Head and body, 11 to 13.75 ft;
Tail, 20 to 27.5 in
1.6 to 4 tons
The white rhino is the least endangered of the living rhino species with a population ranging from 19,682 – 21,077 individuals in range countries.
(IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group, 2016).
Two Greek words, 'rhino' meaning nose and 'ceros' meaning horn combine to create the word rhinoceros.
Rhinos love wallowing. By covering themselves with mud and letting it dry they are protecting their skin from the sun.
A group of rhinos is called a crash!
Rhinos have fantastic hearing and a great sense of smell, but have terrible eyesight. They will struggle to spot something further than 30m away.
Despite their huge size and strength, these bulky beasts don't prey on other animals for food. They're herbivores, and instead like to munch on lots of grass and plants at night, dawn and dusk.