Missing; Northern White Rhino

Africa mourns the decline of the Northern White Rhinos.

White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) Characteristics

  • Size: The white rhino is the larger of the two African species. It has a bigger head, due to the muscles that support its neck, as the animal feeds from the ground with its head lowered for much of the day.
  • Weight: Adult males weigh between 1,800 and 2,500 kg and females 1,800-2,000 kg. Weight at birth: 40-60 kg.
  • Shoulder height: 1.5 -1.8m.
  • Skin colour: The colour of their skin is grey. There is no difference in the skin colour of white and black rhinos, despite their names.
  • Hair: Rhinos have hair only on ears, tail tips and eyelashes.
  • Distinctive characteristics: Their outline is characterised by a pronounced hump. The head hangs down, low to the ground; they look up only when alarmed. White rhinos have two horns on the end of their nose. The front horn is usually much larger than the inner horn. Rhinos are known for their distinct 'prehistoric', solid look; an appropriate labelling for one of the oldest land mammal species in the world.

Geographic location

Northern white rhinos were last seen in several countries in East and Central Africa south of the Sahara, due to extreme poaching rates, there are only 5 northern white rhinos left in the wild making it a critically endangered species.