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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

How do you tell Black and White Rhino apart?

Afrikaans names: Swart Renoster / Wit Renoster

White Rhino

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Firstly, don't go by colour. Ignore the white and the black bits of their name! Rather look at the head shape. The White Rhino (above) has a log heavy-looking head that hangs down (remember it eats grass). The mouth is also square. The Black Rhino (below) has a smaller head that is held higher. The mouth is pointed.

Black Rhino

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References and further reading

List of South African Mammals

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