White Rhinoceros Facts for Kids Video

                                            White Rhinoceros Facts

White Rhinoceros is also known as square lipped rhinoceros. It is the largest extant species of rhinoceros. Their scientific name is Ceratothrium simum where ‘cerato’ means ‘horn’, ‘therium’ means ‘wild beast’ and ‘simum’ means ‘flat nosed’. An average white rhinoceros can weigh up to 2 tons and reach up to a height of 6 feet. Once, there were more than 30 species of rhinoceros but today only five of them are in existence.

Facts you didn’t know: –

  • Both black and white rhinoceros are same in colour. The only difference between them is the shape of their upper lip.
  • Black rhinos have a pointed and narrow snout while white rhinos have broad and square shaped snout.
  • These massive animals are herbivores. They generally feed on low lying plants and grass.
  • White rhinoceros live on Africa’s grassy plains.
  • Their average lifespan is 35 to 40 years.
  • They are the second largest land mammal after the elephant.
  • They do not have any specific mating season. They mate throughout the year.
  • They have incredible sense of smell and hearing.
  • White rhinoceros are semi-social and territorial animals.
  • They have thin and protective skin that is vulnerable to sunburn. They protect themselves by lying in the shade.
  • These animals have a pronounced hump that characterizes their outline. They cannot swim because of this hump. Although some other Asian species of rhinos can easily swim.
  • Female rhinos have a gestation period of 16 months.
  • Humans are the biggest threat for them because of poaching for its horn. Their horns are used in traditional Chinese medicines.
  • The average cost of one rhino horn is around $1,500.