White Rhino

White Rhino Average weight of male 2300kgs (5060lbs) and female 1700kgs (3740lbs). Shoulderheight average about 170cm (67inches). Life expectancy is about 45 years.

Identification: It is a large animal with an elongated head, short neck and two horns, one behind the other on the snout. The front horn is the larger of the two. The colour of the body varies from light brown to slate grey. It has a broad mouth which is used for grazing.

Difference between male and female: The bull is heavier than the cow.

Habits: They prefer open grassland and savannah habitat with adequate water for drinking and wallowing. White rhino lives in small groups or herds consisting ofa territorial bull, other bulls, cows and juveniles. The territorial bull marks its territory by urine spraying and defecating in piles, to alert trespassers. Only a territorial bull will spray urine through its hind legs while the other bulls will urinate in a normal way. They have poor eyesight but acute sense of hearing and smelling. The calf usually walks in front of the mother. Their diet consists out of grass and they drink water regularly when available.

Breeding: A single calf is born at any time of the year after a gestation period of 16 months.

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