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
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 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