Rhino

(Latin = Ceratotherium simum, Afrikaans = Witrenoster, Tswana = Tshukudu e tshweu)

  • Numbers: Fairly low
  • Weight: 1400 – 2300 (3080 – 5060 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 180 cm (72 in.)
  • Pregnancy time: 480 days
  • Calf quantity: 1

Appearance

Their grey skin is almost hairless. They have a square-shaped, wide mouth and they have a hump on the neck. The White Rhino is the third largest land mammal. They are massive, stocky, and with a reputation of being not quite as aggressive as the Black Rhino.

Diet

The White Rhino is strictly a grazer, favouring short grass. A rhino can consume up to 100 kg of grass a day.

Breeding

Single calves are born after a gestation period of six months.

Hunting

The following calibers are the best for hunting white rhino in South Africa: the .375 is the minimum legal caliber, but because it has such thick skin, any 400 caliber and larger is preferred. Other suggestions are 416 Rigby, 45-70, 458 Win Mag, 458 Lott, 460 Weatherby, 470 NE, 500 A-Square, 500 Jeffery, 505 Gibbs and any other comparable calibers. The have very bad eye sight, but excellent hearing and smell. You will need to approach it from downwind.

References

www.krugerpark.co.za

www.africanskyhunting.co.za