The White Rhinoceros or Square-Lipped Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) lives primarily open woodland with nearby open grassland, thick brush, and water. The term “white” rhino is actually a misinterpretation of the native African word “widje,” referring to the wide mouth of the rhino.
White rhinos are among the largest living land animals. They can weigh up to 5000 pounds have a head-and-body length of 11-14 feet. They are one of only five extant rhinos in the world today. It is believed one of the subspecies of the White Rhino – the Northern White Rhino – is extinct in the wild, and only 8 remain alive, all of which are in captivity.