White Rhinoceros

White Rhinoceros


Central and Southern Africa





Latin Name

Ceratotherium simum

IUCN conservation status

Rhinos are the only animal species to have a horn on their snout and are the second-largest land mammals after elephants.

Strict Herbivores Roaming the African Savannah

The main part of their diet consists of grass, which they graze on with their thick, square lips. They consume between 30 and 40 kilos of food daily to meet their needs. They can drink up to 80 litres of water at a time.

Large, Heavy and Massive, Rhinos Appear Prehistoric!

Rhinoceroses are pachyderms or animals with a very thick skin: up to 4.5 cm in places! Their two horns, made of keratin, grow throughout their lives: the one on the tip of their nose is always longer. Rhinos love mud baths, which dry out and protect their skin from the sun and insect bites.

Semi-social Animals Fiercely Protective of Their Offspring

White rhinos are sedentary and territorial. It's not uncommon to see females group together, with fewer than a dozen individuals present. Males are solitary and only seek the company of females when they're in heat. The mother leaves the herd to give birth and only returns to her group after a few weeks.

Hunted for its Horn, the Pachyderm is Being Driven to Extinction

Made from the same material as our fingernails and hair, rhino horns are ground into powder and used in traditional Asian medicine. To ward off poachers, many rhinos are concentrated in fenced areas and protected by armed guards. There are less than 16,000 white rhinos living in the wild.

Star and Dean of the Zoo


Date of birth

October 13, 1979


3 977.6 lb / 1 808 kg


Shaboola, born in the Toronto Zoo, moved to the Zoo de Granby in 2012 at the age of 33. The average rhino lives to be 40 years old, so she is now happily retired in our care!

Fun fact

Given her advanced age, the technicians visit Shaboola on a regular basis. Well aware of the animals' acute hearing, they always talk loudly when they enter the building to avoid surprising her!

Featured animal


Date of birth

May 30, 2003


4 692.6 lb / 2 133 kg


K.C. arrived at the Zoo de Granby in 2007 from the White Oak Conservation Center at the age of 4. The imposing pachyderm is the proud and only male representative of his species at the zoo!

Fun fact

K.C can be finicky, making biomedical trainings more challenging than with other species; but our technicians have discovered that he enjoys being scratched and brushed. What an original reward!

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