White Rhinoceros

W​hite Rhinoceros’s name comes from the Afrikaans word “weit”, which means wide and refers to the shape of its mouth which is square-lipped compared with its cousin, the black rhino​ which has a pointed top lip. 

Rhinos tend to wallow in the mud, which serves as a cooling technique, effective sun protection and insect repellent. After wallowing, the visual colour of the animal inevitably matches the colour of the local soil​, they feed mainly on grasses and are lovingly known as the lawnmowers.

White rhinos have a more pronounced shoulder hump​, ​they have almost no hair only on ​their ears, tail tips and eyelashes​, ​they also have two horns.​ Adult males weigh between 1,800 and 2,500 kg and females 1,800​ to 2,000 kg​. White rhinos are surprisingly agile and can run very fast, up to 40 km/h for short periods​ of time.

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