WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Black rhinos and white rhinos are the same color—they're both brownish gray! How the white rhino came to be called “white” is uncertain. One account says that South Africa's early Boer settlers called it wijde, Dutch for “wide,” which could refer to the wide lip or the size of the animal. The wide mouth of the white rhino is perfect for grazing on grasses, while the more narrow, prehensile lip of the black rhino is great for pulling leaves and shrubs into its mouth. Other names used for these two rhinos are “broad-lipped” and "hook-lipped." Guess which name belongs to which rhino!
Of the five rhino species, the white rhino is the largest: it can be 12 to 13 feet (3.7 to 4 meters) long, up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall at the shoulders, and weigh 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms). White rhinos have a hump of muscle on their necks and shoulders to hold up a head that can weigh 800 to 1,000 pounds (362 to 454 kilograms)! They are one impressive beast!
A group of rhinos is sometimes called a “crash”—an appropriate term for a large and ponderous animal that can crash through just about anything in its way. The Safari Park has the largest crash of rhinos and the most successful captive breeding program for rhinos anywhere in the world.