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Fun Facts

A group of Rhinos is called a crash!
White Rhinos can run up to speeds of 30mph!
White Rhinos are the second largest animal on Earth!
One White Rhino weighs the same as 30 men!

Rhino

BLACK RHINO 

LATIN NAME: Diceros bicornis

STATUS: Critically Endangered (CR)

MATURE POPULATION: 3,142

HEIGHT: 5.2 feet

WEIGHT: 1,760 – 3,080 pounds 

LIFESPAN: 35-50 years

HABITAT: Forests, Wetlands, Woodland, Semi-Desert Savannah

 

WHITE RHINOCEROS 

LATIN NAME: Ceratotherium simum

STATUS: Near Threatened (NT)

MATURE POPULATION: 10,080

HEIGHT: 5-6 feet

WEIGHT: 3,080 – 7,920 pounds 

LIFESPAN: 40-50 years

HABITAT: Savannah, Grasslands

There are two species of African Rhino including the White Rhino and the Black Rhino.

 

HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

Despite their names, there is no difference in the colour of these two species! The name White Rhino is a misinterpretation of the word “weit” which natives called the White Rhino. This word means “wide” referring to the wide mouth of the White Rhino.

Black Rhinos have a pointed upper lip, adapted for eating leaves off bushes and trees.

White Rhinos are larger than Black Rhinos, weighing more than double Black Rhinos body weight.

 

POPULATION

Rhinos were once widespread throughout many places in Africa, Asia and Europe. Prehistoric paintings of Rhino have even been found in many European caves! As many as 500,000 Rhinos roamed Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1970, the population of Rhino fell to 70,000. Today there are only around 27,000 Rhinos left in the wild, found in national parks and reserves.