The white rhino (Ceratotherium simum), also known as the square-lipped rhino, can be found throughout southern and East Africa. Once on the brink of extinction with only 50 individuals left in the wild, there are now approximately between 18,000 individuals left, although they are still under intense threat from poaching.
White rhinos are the larger of the two African species (the other being the black rhino), and are grazers, with square lips that allow them to crop grass close to the ground. Like all rhino species, they have poor eyesight, but their hearing and sense of smell are acute. They can live up to 50 years, and are semi-social with females generally fond in pairs.
There are two remaining subspecies of white rhinos, the Northern white rhino (of which only two animals are left), and the Southern white rhino, which make up the rest of the world’s white rhino population.
Fun fact: Black and white rhinos are both grey! Their names may be from mistranslations of words over time.