White rhinos are 5 to 6 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 3,700 to 5,000 pounds. Rhinos are the second largest land mammal, after elephants.
Why "white" rhino?
White rhinos aren't really white, they're brownish gray. So, how did they get that name? Early European settlers in South Africa called these rhinos "widje," which may sound like "white" but is actually Dutch for "wide." Perhaps they got that name because of their broad lips and wide mouth—ideal for eating grass—or maybe it was because these big animals have wide bodies.
Northern and southern
There are two types of white rhinos: northern white rhinos and southern white rhinos. By September 2019, only two northern white rhinos were known to exist on Earth, in Kenya. Southern white rhinos are found in southern Africa and are more numerous, although they still face threats from illegal hunting.
Grazing in the grass
White rhinos live in the grasslands of southern Africa, where the weather is warm and there is an average of 27 inches of rainfall each year. They spend up to 10 hours a day eating grass, to get enough nutrients to feed their large bodies.
Hanging out together
While adult male white rhinos live by themselves, females often live together in groups with their young, called calves. There may be as many as 14 rhinos in a group, which is called a "crash."