white rhino

Ceratotherium simum simum

Common name

white rhino

Habitat

Due to its strictly grazing activity, its habitat is restricted to areas of herbaceous savannah with low grasses, access to shade and a water source.
Features

Family

Rhinocerotidae Subfamily: Dicerotinae

Medals

perissodactyla

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

480 days.

Number of offspring

1

Preproduction

EEP

Diet

Grasslands, preferring low-lying herbaceous species.

Life

40-45 years.

Biology and behavior

The southern white rhinoceros has a square snout adapted for grazing. He always carries his large head low, has a hump on his neck and two pointed ears. The two horns of the rhinoceros consist of hair-like horny fibers that originate from dermal papillae, and are cemented together to form a single horn.

Males are sedentary and territorial. They are solitary, except during the mating season, a period in which they go to the groups formed by the females with their young. During this period, the male stays with the female for between 1 and 2 days. After a gestation period of 16 months, the little rhinoceros is born, which within an hour of life is able to maintain balance and follow its mother. It will remain with the mother until it is three years old, and 4 years must pass from the birth of a calf for the female to have her second calf, which causes the birth rate to be relatively low.

The white rhinoceros is demanding in its habitat requirements. They need relatively flat land, covered with bushes and grasses. They feed on short grass, but when the dry season arrives these become scarce and they consume herbaceous plants with longer stems, such as red oats. They also need permanent pools of water to take daily mud baths to protect themselves from the heat and annoying insects. During the hours of sunshine they take refuge in the shade of trees and carry out their activity mainly at dawn and dusk.

Some
curiosities

Under stress he is capable of running at a speed of 40 km/h.

Despite its enormous size and powerful horns, the white rhinoceros is a gentle and skittish animal.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island