White African Rhinoceros

Ceratotherium simum

Nikolas Pillsbury, Trey Dry, Chance Brown, Mackenzie Stall

Characteristics and Niche

  • Actually gray, the difference between the White Rhinoceros and the Black Rhinoceros is the shape of their lip; White Rhinoceros's graze grasses with their heads and lips pointed towards the ground.
  • They live in Africa, mainly in the bottom half of the continent.
  • They live in grassy plains where they gather in groups as big as a dozen.
  • They like to find muddy water holes to bathe and cool off in, coating themselves with a natural bug repellant and sunblock.

Populations

Population in 1900: 500,000

Population in 1970: 70,000

Current population: 20,405

Causes of Endangerment

  • They are hunted for their horns, as they are used for medical purposes in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  • Their horns are also used for ornamental value from people in North Africa and the Middle East.

Solutions to Endangerment

  • Create laws against hunting of rhinos until the species can recover.
  • The species has recovered in recent years, nearly going extinct a few years ago.
  • Place some rhinos in zoos to ensure the survival of the species.