Ceratotherium simum simim
|HABITAT:||savannah grasslands and shrublands|
No one wants to mess with the white rhino on the open savannah. They are the largest species of rhino reaching upwards of 4,000-5,000 pounds and standing 6 feet tall. If their size wasn’t enough to put off a predator, then their horns will. Though the horns are made up of keratin, the same substance as hair and nails, they are very hard and tough and can grow up to 5 feet long.
They have excellent hearing and sense of smell to watch out for any would be predators. However, their eyesight is so poor that when they see something suspicious, they charge first and ask questions later.
Status in the Wild:
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The biggest threat to these big animals is poaching for its horn. Many still believe that rhino horn can cure some ailments and diseases. The horn is also used to make decorative trinkets or knife handles. You can help rhinos by supporting anti-poaching organizations. These organizations help rhinos by providing guarded wildlife parks and educational programs.