A Kruger National Park safari is one of the best ways to see the rhino in its most natural habitat. Before you embark on a Kruger safari of a lifetime, read all about the rhino in our latest blog.
Rhinoceros are the second largest mammal on earth. There are two types of rhinoceros; the Black Rhinoceros and the White Rhinoceros. Contrary to popular belief, they do not get their names, black or white, from the colour of their skins, as both are grey in colour. Early English settlers mistook the Afrikaans speaking citizens when they said the white rhino’s mouth was “wyd” meaning “wide”. The black rhino got its name from the black mud it loves to wallow in.
Facts about the Rhino
- The word Rhinoceros means “nose horn”. The Black Rhino has a hooked lip while the White Rhino has a flat mouth. Rhinos have no front teeth, instead they use their lips to graze. The black rhino’s hooked lip enables it to eat leaves and twigs off of trees, while the white rhino uses its flat mouth for eating grasses. Black rhinos are found in wooded areas, as they are known as browsers, white rhinos are grazers and found in the more grassy areas. Both species are nocturnal eaters and rest during the day.
- They both have three hoofed toes per foot and run at a reasonable speed for their size, on their toes but white rhinos are bigger than black rhinos.
- Rhinos have no natural predators. The biggest danger to the rhino is man. Some cultures believe that the rhino horn has medicinal properties and therefore they are poached relentlessly. It was once believed that their horns were made up of hair, but studies have shown that they are in fact made up of calcium and melanin.