Wild: 30-35 years
Captivity: 45 years
11-14 ft long
Crash or Herd
Up to 14
Name of Young
- The word rhinoceros comes from the Greek words for “nose horn”. They are the second largest land mammals; elephants are the largest. There are two subspecies of white rhinoceros: the northern and southern. Of the northern species, very few remain in the wild.
- White rhinos are not actually white in color. One theory is that the “white” in their name comes from the dutch word “wijd”. This translates to “wide” which was used to describe their wide lips.
- They have no incisors or canine teeth, only a strong lip for tearing grasses and molars for grinding.
- Rhinos have poor eyesight and cannot see an object until they are very near to it. However, they have a keen sense of smell and hearing.
- Rhinos have very little hair. They wallow in mud to protect their skin from biting insects and parasites and also from the sun.
Did You Know?
White rhinos have two horns. the foremost is longer and can reach 40 inches. Their horns are made of keratin fibers, and unlike cow horns, they do not have a bony core. Human hair and fingernails are also made out of keratin!