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three southern white rhinos running in habitat
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Southern White Rhinoceros

The Southern white rhino is a conservation success story: 100 years ago it was reduced to only a handful of animals. Its numbers have since rebounded to nearly 17,000, thanks to conservation efforts both at Zoos and in the wild. Wild rhinos are still under threat, primarily due to illegal poaching for their horns.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Ceratotherium simum


Southern Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Location in the Zoo

African Forest

Cool Animal Fact

White rhinos aren’t white. The ‘white’ is taken from the Afrikaans word ‘weit’ meaning ‘wide’ – they were describing the rhino’s mouth.

How we Help Save Them

  • We provide training, salaries and support for wildlife rangers that protect wild rhinos from poaching.
  • Our conservation partners in Namibia monitor black rhino populations, and they have seen a 28% increase in sightings of the animals since 2018.
  • 0 black rhinos were poached in the region where our partners work to protect the species.