Southern White Rhinoceros

Southern White Rhinoceros

Southern White Rhinoceros

Check out Australia Zoo’s Southern White Rhinoceros!

Australia Zoo’s two-tonne, ripper rhinos sure are a sight to see! Keep your eyes peeled on the African savanna for these enormous animals. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of them cooling off in their very own mud wallow.



These giant African natives are found throughout tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and shrublands, and they primarily feed on grasses. Males bulls are predominantly a solitary animal and can be very territorial. The girls, however, can be spotted in a ‘crush’, which is a group of up to six female rhinos.



White rhinos communicate vocally, using a wide range of sounds including snarling, wailing and squeaking.  Non-verbal communication is also used, particularly during breeding courtship.  A male bull will join the female, keeping a safe distance for up to 20 days. The bull detects when the female is ready to mate through her scent glands. The coupling will then take place and can last anywhere between 20 minutes and one hour! The gestation period for a white rhino is approximately 16 months. Crikey!



The southern white rhino has long been a victim of illegal poaching. Conservationists around the world are working to save these impressive animals as they are currently listed as a near threatened species.


Due to maintenance work, our beautiful Rhino’s will be in their habitat from 11am – 4pm.

  • Class of animal icon


  • Genus of animal icon


  • Species of animal icon

    simum ssp. simum

  • height of animal icon

    1.7 - 1.9 metres at shoulder

  • weight of animal icon

    1,600 - 2,300 kilograms

  • Diet


  • gestation of animal icon

    16 months

  • threatened species status of animal icon

    Near Threatened