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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

African Rhinos

African Rhinos

Black rhinos and white rhinos are the same color—a brownish gray! Both live in eastern and southern Africa but eat different foods. The wide mouth of the white rhino is perfect for grazing on grasses. 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 species are broad-lipped and hook-lipped. Guess which name belongs to which rhino!

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species lists black rhinos as Critically Endangered and southern white rhinos as Near Threatened. Northern white rhinos are extinct in the wild, and only two adult females are left on Earth.  

Of the five rhino species, the white rhino is the largest: it can weigh 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms). A group of rhinos is called a crash. It’s fitting for this large, 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.

Watch for their differences during an Africa Tram tour or Caravan Safari.

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