White rhino

AKA The square-lipped rhino
Height 1.5 - 1.8m
Weight 1,800 - 3,000kg
Rhino fact

The Southern white rhino was once on the brink of extinction with only around 50 individuals left in the wild!

The Southern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum) was rescued from the brink of extinction and now numbers between 19,666 and 21,085 individuals, however sadly there are only three remaining Northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) in the entire world.

Rhino fun fact Also known as the square-lipped rhino, the white rhino uses its flat, square lip to effectively cut and eat grass, as it is a grazer, and only eats ground vegetation (compared to the black rhino, which is a browser and uses its hooked lip to pick at bushes and low branches for food.)

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Fact File

Conservation Status
Near threatened
Between 19,666 and 21,085
Scientific Name
Ceratotherium simum
Current Range
South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda
Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas and Shrublands