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White Rhinoceros

Ceratotherium simum


All five species of rhinoceros can grow to weigh over 1000 kg (2200 lb). White rhino can weigh over 3500 kg (7700 lb). White rhinoceros are generally considered the second largest land mammal (after the elephant).


African bush.


Rhinoceros horns are made from a protein called keratin, the same substance that fingernails and hair are made of, and is not medicine, contrary to belief.

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32 Comments (1–25)

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Happy World Rhino Day 2013! Catch today's rhino blog where I shared the truth about this terrible trade and the many hurdles that lie ahead for rhino conservation:

Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

Happy World Pangolin Day 2013 ~ "The plight of the pangolin is similar to rhinos in that their most distinguishing physical characteristic is also driving them down a road to extinction."

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Thank you olivia1 and cranbrook!


olivia1 9 years ago

Cool. :)

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Thank you!

A living tank, colossal beauty.

Jeannette 9 years ago

Congratulations :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago


Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Thanks again for all the kind words from the community and thank you to all the the new participants on the World Rhino mission! Visit a zoo or a reserve soon and add some more spots of this beautiful animal... a goal is set in place for World Rhino Day 2013! Lets go!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 9 years ago

Congrat! Well deserved for all you're doing.

Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 9 years ago

Well done!

zapabio 9 years ago

Congratulation for the pic and for the effort towards the World Rhino Day

KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations Dez! A wonderful photo & a great SOTD for World Rhino day!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Congratulations Smith's zoo. Fantastic series.

Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Thank you Yasser and everyone's kind words. I remember this day like it was yesterday. I took over 40 photo's just wanting that perfect symmetrical image. We where in the Kruger and my husband was driving, so I kept going: "little bit forward, stop, too much, reverse bit back, little bit forward". I don't know who was more annoyed, him or the Rhino. But I got my image. This was a good day. I hope that the world can change and share the information that these unwieldy unique animals are being killed for no reason. Everyone especially future generations deserve to see this animal in the wild, to have a moment like we had here, to come face to face with the Rhino. Thank you to every person that helps to spread the word: Rhino Horn is Not Medicine!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Smith's Zoo!

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

congratulations Smith'Zoo.!!!

pamsai 9 years ago

great series, congratulations...

Greenphoenix 9 years ago


Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 9 years ago

Congratulations! Well done.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great work! Congratulations on the SOTD!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Very cool series Congratulations :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Congratulations! You are a great advocate for the endangered species!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Congratulations and thanks for your work to save this beautiful animal.

Smith Zoo
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Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 6, 2011
Submitted on Aug 16, 2012

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