White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros
Plains
ABout White Rhinoceros

WHITE RHINOS ARE NOT NAMED BY THEIR COLOR. ORIGINATING IN AFRICA, THESE RHINOS WERE NAMED FOR THEIR WIDE MOUTHS.

When the name was translated to English, “wide” became “white.” White rhinos have two horns, the foremost being more prominent. Rhino horns grow as much as three inches a year, and have been known to grow up to five feet long. Females use their horns to protect their young, while males use them to battle attackers. They live in grassy plains, tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and shrublands.

 

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
11- 13.75 feet in length, 5-6 feet tall, weigh up to 8,000 pounds
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Native Region
Africa
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Eating Habits
Short grasses
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Conservation status
Near Threatened
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WHERE ARE THEY AT THE ZOO
The White Rhinoceros is located in the Plains Exhibit.
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Additional Experiences
White River Junction Train Ride
Climb aboard the White River Junction Train Ride for a tour of the "Zoo behind the Zoo."

Riders will enjoy a 10-minute narrated journey and learn about our Plains animals, greenhouse, gardens, the Zoo’s 15,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, maintenance and commissary departments and other behind-the-scenes operations necessary to run the Zoo. Available mid-March through December, riders will also learn about the Zoo’s animal conservation mission.

Additional Experiences
Animal Art Adventure

Rhinos may be best known for their huge horns, but did you know our rhinos can use this awesome adaptation to paint? Come meet one of our horned pachyderm painters and get a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art! This program is available on select dates in the summer.

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