There are TWO types of Rhino


Rhino are grey in colour, not black or white as their names suggest. One of the theories is that the term White Rhino is a mistranslation;
the Dutch settlers in South Africa initially called them “Weid mond Rhino”, meaning “Wide-mouth Rhino”.

White Rhino are larger than Black Rhino and are square-lipped. The White Rhino is a grazer with a wide mouth, best designed for eating grass.

The females weigh around 1350kg and the males can weigh up to 2400kg.
It is not unusual to see White Rhino in a herd called a “Crash” of Rhinos.


Black Rhino are solitary. Black Rhino are browsers and have hooked lips. The use their pointed upper lip to grasp leaves and twigs. They also have a bigger hump on their neck. 
Black Rhino are smaller than White Rhino and can weigh between 900kg and 1000kg.
Black Rhino are more solitary, being seen most often on their own. They tend to be bad tempered too.

Lifespan: About 40 years.

Gestation: 16 months.
One young is normally born.

Rhino have poor eyesight and can only see at close range.
 To compensate, their hearing and smell are very well developed.

White Rhino are very fond of wallowing in mud.  The mud prevents sunburn and keeps a layer of moisture close to the skin to assist with keeping cool and helps them to rub off parasites.

White Rhino


Black Rhino

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