At 1.8m height and 2.5 tonnes of weight, the white rhinoceros is the largest of the five rhino species and the third largest land animal.

Their sense of smell is accurate and the main tool to find food, a mate, or checking for danger. They use scent marking as a way of communication, as well as grunts, snorts, bellows and whistles.

Unlike elephant tusks, rhino horns are made of thousands of strands of very stiff hair. This species inhabits the African grasslands and savannahs, prefering open grasslands and floodplains.

In the early 1900s the Southern white rhino population become critically low. Thankfully, with the aid of conservation organisations globally, there are now 15,940 Southern white rhino surviving today. 

Auckland Zoo supports the work of the Lowveld Rhino Trust Zimbabwe in their conservation efforts to aid this magnificent species.

Auckland Zoo’s Southern white rhinoceros programme is proudly supported by Panasonic New Zealand


How do you safely health check a rhinoceros calf?

Ungulates keepers Georgie and Jessie demonstrate how important positive-reinforcement training is in how we care for the Southern white rhinoceros herd.


Introducing Southern white rhino calf Amali!

Watch Amali’s exciting journey into the world! Amali (meaning ‘Hope’) was born in the early hours of 24 September 2022


Meet rhino calf Nyah!

Ungulates keeper Gemma introduces the youngest member of our Southern white rhino herd