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Southern White Rhinoceros

Southern White Rhinoceros

Animal's Behavior

White rhinos live in groups of about 14 female animals. Most males are solitary. Can run up to 30 miles per hour.

Eating Habits

Grazers, eating mostly grass.


Throughout South Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Conservation Efforts

Conservation efforts have been relatively successful for this species, making it the most abundant subspecies of rhino in the world.

Animal Facts

  • Can run up to 30 miles per hour.
  • The term “white rhino” may have come from the Dutch term for “wide” and have nothing to do with coloration. It likely refers to the boxy shape of the rhino’s mouth.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Ceratothrium simum simum


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Perissodactyla, Rhinocerotidae

Place of Birth

Southern Africa


5,000 lbs.


Light to dark grey


35 -45 years

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

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