• How many species:
    • two (2) subspecies:
      • the Southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
      • and the Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni).
  • Numbers:
    • There are less than 20 000 of the southern subspecies left with a conservation status of Near Threatened.
    • The northern subspecies is critically endangered, with only 2 females remaining alive.
  • Size: NOTE: Diagram of a rhino with pointers
    • Can weigh more than 3 500 kg, have a head-and-body length of 3.5 to 4.6 m and a shoulder height of 1.8 to 2 m.
    • The biggest white rhinoceros on record was about 4 500 kg.
  • Age:  White rhino can live up to between 40 and 50 years in the wild.
  • Horns:
    • White rhino has two horns on its snout.
    • The front horn is larger than the other horn and averages between 90 cm and 150 cm.
  • 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!
    • An adult white rhino produces up to 50 kg of dung per day!
    • Pregnancy lasts 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.