(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


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.


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


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


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.