The term “rhinoceros” (or “rhino”) is used to group five species of: two of those live in Africa (the black and white rhino), the other three live in Asia (Indian, Javen and Sumatran Rhinoceros). Rhinos are hunted for their horn and three of the species are considered critically endangered (the Sumatran, Javan and Black Rhinoceros), the Indian Rhino is endangered and the White rhino is registered as vulnerable with some 9,000 animals still in the wild.
Rhinos are characterized by its large sizes (all of the species are able to reach one ton or more in weight) and its large horn. The rhino is herbivorous and has a thick protective skin formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure. The white rhinoceros is the most massive remaining land animal in the world after the elephant, along with the Indian rhino and the hippopotamus. It can exceed 3,000 kg.
The White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped Rhinoceros (latin term: Ceratotherium simum) is the most massive remaining land animal in the world after the elephant, along with the Indian Rhinoceros and the hippopotamus, which are of comparable size. This rhino can exceed 3,000 kg. By the way: The white rhino is actually not white at all. The name comes from the Dutch word “whyt” (wide), referring to the wide square mouth that allows the rhino to graze.
The Black Rhinoceros can reach a body weight of 800 to 1,400 kg. It has a pointed mouth, which it uses to grasp leaves when feeding.