At 1.8m height and 2.5 tonnes of weight, the white rhino is the largest of 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.

White rhinos inhabit the African grasslands or savannahs. They prefer open grasslands and floodplains.

In the early 1900's, Southern white rhino numbers in the wild fell to less than a hundred. With the aid of rhino conservation organisations globally, there are now between 19,666 and 21,085 surviving: the highest number of all rhino species.

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


Meet rhino calf Nyah!

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


A rhino-sized introduction for Jamila and Inkosi!

Ungulates keeper Jess explains how rhino match-making works


Rhino Jamila is moving to Auckland!

Watch as the Ungulates team from Hamilton Zoo acquaint Jamila with her travel crate and take bloods, ahead of her move north.