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The white rhinoceros is the second-largest land mammal after the elephant. Adult males can reach 1,85 m in height and tip the scales at a massive 3,6 tonnes. Females are considerably smaller but can still weigh in at an impressive 1,7 tonnes. White rhinoceros are also known as the square-lipped rhinoceros due to their square (not pointed) upper lip. Their name comes from the Afrikaans word “wyd”, which means wide and refers to the animal’s muzzle. Compared to black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros have a longer skull, a less sharply defined forehead and a more pronounced shoulder hump. They have almost no hair and two horns. The front horn averages 60 cm but occasionally reaches 150 cm in length. The name rhinoceros means ‘nose horn’ and is often shortened to rhino. It comes from the Greek words rhino (nose) and ceros (horn). Rhinoceros use piles of dung to leave “messages” for other rhinoceros. Each rhinoceros’s smell is unique and identifies its owner. It can also tell a rhinoceros if the other rhinoceros is young/old/male or female. They also tell other rhinoceros that this is their territory.
Info source: https://hesc.co.za/species-hesc/white-rhino/
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The photo was taken during January 2014.

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