By weight, rhino horns cost as much as gold on the black market.
People grind up the horns and consume them, believing the dust has therapeutic properties.
As of 2013, the southern subspecies has a wild population of 20,405 – making them the most abundant rhino subspecies in the world.
However, the northern subspecies is critically endangered, with as few as three known individuals left in captivity.
The colour of this animal can range from yellowish brown to slate grey.
Most of its body hair is found on the ear fringes and tail bristles, with the rest distributed rather sparsely over the rest of the body.
There is no conclusive explanation of the name white rhinoceros.
A popular idea that "white" is a distortion of either the Afrikaans word wyd or the Dutch word wijd (or its other possible spellings whyde, weit, etc.,) meaning wide and referring to the rhino's square lips is not supported by linguistic studies.
They generally eat leafy material, although their ability to ferment food in their hindgut allows them to subsist on more fibrous plant matter when necessary.
Unlike other perissodactyls, the two African species of rhinoceros lack teeth at the front of their mouths, instead relying instead on their lips to pluck food.
The white rhino has an immense body and large head, a short neck and broad chest.