White Rhinoceros (Rhino) Ceratotherium simum

White Rhino
White Rhinoceros
The pre-historic-looking White Rhinoceros (Rhino) is native to the plains of southern Africa. It was previously also native to central and eastern Africa.
White Rhino
White Rhino
White Rhino
It has a wide mouth for feeding on grass (unlike the similarly-coloured Black Rhino, which has a mouth which narrows to a point for feeding on foliage). The name "white" is said to be derived from the Dutch/Afrikaans for "wide". It is sometimes called the Square-lipped to differentiate from the "Hook-lipped" or "Black" Rhino.
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
An adult is some 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Male and female are of similar appearance but males are heavier.
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
The Southern White Rhino is shown here. The Northern White Rhino subspecies (C. s. cottoni), which some say should be a full separate species, from central and Eastern Africa is believed to be extinct in the wild. Poachers reduced them from 500 to 15 in the 1970s/80s. At the turn of the millenium only 4 remained, but, after extensive searches, it is now believed to be extinct. Moreover, only 2 females remain in captivity. The last male on earth died in Kenya in 2018.
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
White Rhinos
The White and the Black Rhinos, both grey-coloured, have two horns. All rhino populations have been and continue to be decimated by hunting and poaching for their horns.
White Rhino
White Rhino
White Rhino