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White Rhinoceros Facts

Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

Name: White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped Rhinoceros

Nick Name: Rhino

Latin Name: Ceratotherium simum (White Rhino)

African Names: Ubhejane (Zulu), Chipembere (Shona), Tshukudu (Tswana)

white RhinoHeight: 5 feet to 6.5 feet

Length: 11 to 14 feet including head and body

Weight: 3,000 to 8,000 pounds

Life Span: 30 to 35 years

Description: On the snout of a white rhino, it has two horns one behind the other. The white rhino has a hump on the back of its neck. It's feet has three toes. The color of a white rhino ranges from yellowish brown to slate grey.

Habitat: In general, white rhinos live in Africa in grasslands, savannahs and tropical bushlands.

Species: There are two subspecies of the white rhino: Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) and Southern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum).

Babies: One baby is born about every 2 to 4 years. Gestation is roughly 16 to 18 months. Calves start weaning around two months, but may continue to suckle for up to 1 year.

Food: White rhinos eat leafy plants, shoots, thorny wood bushes, fruit, and leaves and branches of trees and shrubs. Rhinos use their horns to break branches and digging up roots for food.

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Group Name: A crash of rhinos. White rhinos live in crashes of up to 14 animals.

Predators: Rhinos have no natural predators. Poaching is a big problem.

Endangered: Northern White Rhino - Extinct In The Wild - only 7 remain in captivity or semi-captivity.
Southern White Rhino - Not Threatened - Approximately 17,000 live in the wild with most of the Southern White Rhinos living in South Africa.



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