White Rhinoceros

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The White Rhino is an African mammal that belongs to the order of odd-toed ungulates. It lives in open grasslands and savannahs (grasslands) in central Africa. It's made up of three subspecies: south western white rhinoceros , southern white rhinoceros , and northern white rhinoceros . The name "white" comes from the Afrikaans word wyd which means "wide", referring to their square upper lip. They are also known as square-lipped or wide lipped rhinos.

White Rhinos can reach 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) tall and 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in) long. They have a mass of 900 to 1,800 kg (1 short ton-2,200 lb). Their skin lacks pigmentation and is mainly covered by a layer of thin hair. The White Rhino's pelage is usually creamy white or grey/brown; however it can range from yellowish brown to slate grey depending on subspecies and the individual. Some individuals possess distinct white patches that vary in size, they are most prominent around the mouth, eye area and ears. When they feel threatened their skin turns black which makes them look like big rocks which confuses their predators like lions , hyenas , leopards , wild hunting dogs .

White Rhinos live for about 40-50 years. They are native to Angola , Zambia, Mozambique , Botswana and South Africa . A dense population of white rhinos lived in the swampy floodplains and valleys of the Umfolozi River as well as the Mkhaya "Forest" (which today is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park).

White Rhinos live in small groups consisting of one adult male or bull, several females or cows , and their calves up to two years old. But sometimes bachelor males join a group for a short time.

Animal population
IUCN Classification
Near Threatened (NT)
IUCN Classification

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Geeky Facts about the White Rhinoceros

Fact 1

White rhinos are the second largest land mammal, after the African elephant.

Fact 2

White rhinos have a wide, broad lip – perfect for grazing.

Fact 3

The white rhino can run up to 40 km/h (25 mph) for short periods.

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