This is my 200th post, so today I want to write about one of my favourite animals, the white rhinoceros.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These massive animals can measure up to 4 metres long and weigh up to 2.3 tonnes, making them one of the largest land mammals in the world, only behind the three species of elephants.
- Despite their name, white rhinos aren’t actually white, but grey. They get their name from the Afrikaans word for wide, which describes their mouth which is designed to graze on grass.
- They have two horns, with the front horn the longest, growing up to 1.5 metres long. The males are very aggressive and territorial, and use their horns to warn other males away. The males also mark their territories with large piles of dung called middens.
- These guys are the most social of all rhino species. A group of rhinos is called a crash and they can live in groups of up to 14, mostly made up of females and their young.
- White rhinoceroses are the most common species of rhino in the world, but this wasn’t always the case. They were almost hunted to extinction and in 1895 there were only about 50 left. Thankfully, they have recovered and there are now about 17,500 in the wild today. They are mostly found in South Africa, but have also been reintroduced to Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe and have been introduced to Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. Sadly, like other rhinos, they are still poached for their horns, which means that they are still under threat.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about white rhinoceroses?